With Key Players Out, Celtics Lineup Remains Fluid

jaylen brown

Jaylen Brown, out for the Celtics' next two games. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Jayson Tatum blew multiple chances to win last night's 125-124 double-overtime loss to the Wizards, but the fact the Celtics were even in the game or held an early 20-point lead without several regulars was remarkable.

Celts will visit the Magic tomorrow to start a two-game road trip and Al Horford's expected back from his illness, but other featured players remain out.

It's possible fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving will play this weekend after the M-R-I on his sore knee came back clean, but the team won't push him with the playoffs right around the corner. Rest is still the priority with big minutes looming.

Jaylen Brown's in the league' concussion protocol and won't play at least the next two.

Reserve big Daniel Theis is undergoing knee surgery today, so his season's over.

And sixth man and energetic leader Marcus Smart's the biggest unknown. He may return from his injured right thumb in the short-term, or could miss the rest of the year if he needs surgery. The guard will make a decision next week.

So, still "next man up."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman reports

Sponsored Content

Sponsored Content