Recently it appeared the Boston Celtics were trending to be completely healthy, but they just can’t stay away from the injury bug.
Less than 24 hours after a thoroughly disappointing loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics will be down three starters in Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker in a road tilt versus the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight (7 p.m. ET).
Brown and Hayward both suffered injuries in the defeat to the Nets Tuesday. Brown won’t suit up due to a right hamstring strain that he suffered late in the contest and tried to play through before sitting out all of overtime. Hayward is nursing a right knee contusion that occurred when Daniel Theis fell into his leg and caused Hayward to not play the entire second half. For Hayward, this will be the 18th game he has missed this season, but he seemed in pretty positive spirits about the injury after the game when talking to the media.
Hospital Celtics Report for tonight in Cleveland:— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) March 4, 2020
Jaylen Brown - Right Hamstring Strain - OUT
Javonte Green - Right Ankle Sprain - PROBABLE
Gordon Hayward - Right Knee Contusion - OUT
Jayson Tatum - Illness - PROBABLE
Kemba Walker - Left Knee Rehab - OUT
The Celtics cautious approach with Walker continues for the stretch run as Walker played in just 23 minutes last night and won’t suit up for the second game in a back-to-back due to his nagging left knee soreness. Walker has played in just one game since the All-Star break.
While the Celtics will be without a trio of starters, they do get a starter back in Jayson Tatum, who didn’t play versus the Nets due to illness, but is listed as probable to face the Cavs. Javonte Green is also probable to play with a right ankle sprain.
Celtics depth chart vs. Cavs:— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) March 4, 2020
PG: Smart, Wanamaker, Waters
SG: Green/Langford, Edwards
SF: Tatum, Ojeleye/Langford
PF: G Williams/Ojeleye
C: Theis, Kanter, Rob Williams, Poirier