Do you want the good news first or the bad news? Executive decision; I’m giving it to you all at once.
Jayson Tatum will play v Cavs tonight. Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker not on trip. Stevens expects 7 days out minimum for Brown's hamstring.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) March 4, 2020
For starters, Jayson Tatum is back in the lineup after missing Tuesday night’s nightmare of a game against the Brooklyn Nets due to illness. He’ll be sorely needed as the Celtics will be missing Kemba Walker (load management for his knee), Gordon Hayward (a right knee contusion) and Jaylen Brown (hamstring).
Get used to not seeing Brown, because he’ll be missing in action for at least 7 days. Hamstring injuries are really, really sensitive because of what could happen if not addressed properly. The Celtics should take every precaution imaginable to make sure that Brown is healthy in the long run. Regular season games – in March no less – do not matter in the grand scheme of things for a 3rd seeded Celtics team that’s looking to make a deep run in the playoffs.
Robert Williams just returned from a bone edema that kept him out for months, and it appeared that the Celtics were finally about to be healthy for once before it all came crashing down. Here’s hoping that when Jaylen Brown makes it back to the lineup, he’ll be the last one to clear the injury report for a long, long time.