The Celtics have never had their full complement of players all year. First, it was Kemba Walker’s absence to start the season as he recovered from a stem cell injection in his left knee. Then, Jayson Tatum missed five games in health and safety protocols. Robert Williams missed four due to similar circumstances and has been out for the last five with swelling behind the knee. There was no crossover between acquiring Evan Fournier and him contracting COVID and Tristan Thompson missing thirteen straight and recovering from the coronavirus.
According to the latest injury report from the Celtics, we’ll have to wait at least one more day for the team to be at full force.
Robert Williams is the only player listed as out heading into tomorrow’s matinee in Charlotte. He’s still nursing soreness in his knee.
Walker returns after getting his normal load management and sitting out the second half of a back-to-back in Brooklyn Friday night. Jaylen Brown is back after missing two straight games to shoulder bursitis he suffered against the Bulls on Monday.
The Celtics (32-28) are currently seeded at #6 in the Eastern Conference and out of the play-in tournament. The Hornets (29-30) are two and a half games back at #8. Boston returns home to the friendly confines of TD Garden on Tuesday for a four-game homestand that includes a visit from Charlotte on Wednesday night.