Today was supposed to be the day when we learned that there would be no more Celtics on the injury report as Kemba Walker made his way back from an oblique strain. Given what happened on Sunday night to Jaylen Brown, although he’s out, we should still let out a huge sigh of relief.
About as good of news as could be hoped for on the Celtics injury front:— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) May 4, 2021
-Sprained ankle for Jaylen Brown. Out vs Orlando but day-to-day after that.
-Jayson Tatum practiced fully and seems to be good to go.
-Kemba Walker returned to full practice and seems like he's close too.
While Jaylen Brown will miss tomorrow night’s game against the Orlando Magic, his day-to-day status moving forward is a huge source of relief. He was barely able to walk after a collision with Jayson Tatum late in the mess that was the Boston Celtics vs. the Portland Trail Blazers, so there was fear of a significant injury. Thankfully, that’s not the case, and he could be back later this week.
Speaking of Jayson Tatum – the other player involved in that scary collision – it appears that he’s fine as he mentioned after the game. Both he and Kemba Walker, who will have been out for a week tomorrow after an oblique strain that he sustained against the Charlotte Hornets, appear on track to return to the Celtics lineup. This would leave just Jaylen Brown on the injury report going into tomorrow.
Boston heads to Chicago on Friday to face the Bulls, and the team could – for the first time this year – be fully healthy this season by that time. There’s no better time than the present for this to happen because the Celtics need to win games to avoid the playoff spot. The fourth and fifth seeds aren’t out the question yet, but even the sixth seed would be a win just to avoid the added stress of the play-in games and to benefit from a week off.
A healthy Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and now Jaylen Brown will help with that effort tremendously. The Celtics take on the Orlando Magic tomorrow night at 7 PM EST.