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Jayson Tatum and Sam Hauser ruled out against Pacers

The Celtics will be short-handed in their second game of the mini-series in Indianapolis.

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The Boston Celtics announced that both Jayson Tatum (left ankle sprain management) and Sam Hauser (right shoulder impingement) are out against the Indiana Pacers.

This will be Tatum’s third missed game this season after initially hurting his ankle against the Warriors in December. Tatum is fresh off of a 38 points, 13 rebounds, and 6-assist performance against the Pacers over the weekend.

Unfortunately, Hauser will miss his first game of the season tonight. The sharpshooter has been averaging a career-high in minutes (22.2), points (8.5), and rebounds (3.6) per game. However, as CelticsBlog and CLNS Media’s Bobby Manning pointed out, Hauser struggled with a shoulder injury his rookie year. Over the last 10 games, his three-point shooting has taken a hit.

Although the Celtics will be short-handed, they will have Kristaps Porzingis (right eye irritation) available. Porzingis was poked in the eye by Aaron Nesmith in Boston’s 118-101 win on Saturday. Porzingis did return to the game, but after a few minutes, the Latvian checked out and didn’t return.

Oshae Brissett may be the player who benefits the most with Hauser missing. Brissett, who has struggled for consistent minutes at the start of the season has started to carve a role in the team. In the last five games, Brissett played 15 minutes against Toronto, 21 against San Antonio, DNP against Oklahoma City, 17 against the Utah Jazz, and 20 minutes against the Pacers.

Boston (28-7) will look to increase its league-leading record at 7 p.m. against the Indiana Pacers.

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