In what’s becoming more the norm of the 2020-2021 season, the Celtics will not be at full strength for today’s game. Boston has officially ruled out Jaylen Brown with a right ankle sprain against the Bulls. Brown left the TD Garden floor against the Trail Blazers after slamming into Jayson Tatum, but fortunately, avoided significant injury after what looked like a nasty collision on Sunday.
Before Wednesday night’s game in Orlando, head coach Brad Stevens deemed Jaylen Brown day-to-day after missing the Magic game. On 98.5 The SportsHub’s Toucher & Rich, Danny Ainge targeted Sunday’s first game against the visiting Miami Heat (the second game of the mini-series is on Tuesday night) for Brown’s return.
Robert Williams is questionable with left foot turf toe, but the team potentially gains two rotation players in Romeo Langford and Tristan Thompson who also missed the Magic game in the concussion protocol and with a left pectoral strain respectively.
The importance of this game for both teams is high. The Celtics and Heat have identical records with Boston holding the tie break with a January win in Miami under their belt. They’re currently seeded 6th in the Eastern Conference and a game back of Atlanta and two behind New York.
The Bulls are returning home on the back end of a back-to-back after winning a big game in Charlotte last night. Chicago is currently three games in the loss column behind the Washington Wizards for the final spot in the play-in tournament.