The Boston Celtics lack of guard depth may last only a game.
After both Marcus Smart and Jeff Teague, not to mention Kemba Walker who has yet to play this season due to a nagging knee injury, sat out Monday’s 126-114 win over the Toronto Raptors, both guards could be back in the lineup Wednesday versus the Miami Heat as the Celtics listed Smart and Teague as questionable to play.
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Javonte Green (Health and Saftey protocol) - OUT
Romeo Langford (right wrist surgery) - OUT
Marcus Smart (right thumb sprain) - QUESTIONABLE
Jeff Teague (left ankle sprain) - QUESTIONABLE
Kemba Walker (left knee injury recovery) - OUT
Smart is dealing with a right thumb sprain that forced him out of action against the Raptors. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the team was being cautious with Smart since it’s the same thumb he had surgically repaired a few years ago.
As for Teague, he sustained a left ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of Boston’s win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Stevens called Teague’s injury day-to-day.
It is a good sign that there is a possibility that both Teague and Smart could play in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final as it appears both of their injuries are not severe and won’t require them to be sidelined for long.
With the two out versus Toronto, Payton Pritchard dazzled by netting 23 points and dishing out eight assists in 32 minutes. Pritchard didn’t earn the start, though. That distinction belonged to Tremont Waters, but the second-year guard struggled, making just 1-of-8 shots in 24 minutes.
The Celtics tip-off against the Heat Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. EST.