The Boston Celtics will be down at least two key rotation players at the face the Magic in Orlando, as Enes Kanter and Jayson Tatum are both out. Jaylen Brown’s status is up in the air. And Robert Williams remains out due to hip edema.
Kanter was previously ruled out by Boston, as he has a bruised hip. Kanter said he suffered the injury when he dove for a loose ball against the Memphis Grizzlies. At shootaround, Brad Stevens said Kanter will be out on Friday against the Magic and will also miss Sunday’s game at the New Orleans Pelicans. With Kanter on the shelf, the Celtics have called up two-way player Tacko Fall from the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G-League. Stevens said he has faith that Fall and Vincent Poirier can step in and give Boston minutes behind Daniel Theis if necessary.
Tatum said he’s feeling better after suffering a strained right groin in the victory over Memphis on Wednesday. He won’t play in Orlando, but both Tatum and Stevens don’t believe this will be a long-term injury for Tatum. No update was give for Tatum’s availability beyond the Magic game.
Brown underwent an extensive individual workout during and following shootaround. Brown said “I just didn’t want to push it at shootaround. I feel better and I’m going to try to play tonight. We’ll see how I feel later.” Brown indicated that his sprained right ankle was heavily taped, but that his previously sprained right thumb is feeling good.
Boston’s inactive list for tonight is expected to include Kanter and Tatum, as well as Romeo Langford and Tremont Waters, who are currently on assignment with the Red Claws.