Celtics could have numerous absences for Friday’s matchup vs. Wizards
The Boston Celtics are coming off an impressive win against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, but that same Luck of the Irish advantage could be absent on Friday as they come back to TD Garden to face the Washington Wizards.
Per the team’s injury report, the Celtics will possibly have quite a few players missing against the Wizards, which could make for a very difficult challenge:
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs. Washington (1/2):
Carsen Edwards (Health and Safety protocols)- QUESTIONABLE
Romeo Langford (right wrist surgery rehab) – OUT
Jeff Teague (left ankle sprain) – QUESTIONABLE
Tristan Thompson (Health and Safety protocols)- QUESTIONABLE
Kemba Walker (left knee injury recovery) – OUT
Grant Williams (Health and Safety protocols) – QUESTIONABLE
Robert Williams (Health and Safety protocols) – QUESTIONABLE
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 7, 2021
While Kemba Walker and Romeo Langford are staples in the injury community at the moment, most of the other names are some new faces. Tristan Thompson, Grant Williams, Robert Williams and Carsen Edwards all participated in Wednesday’s victory over the Heat. Seeing those names on the injury report could suggest that their absences likely deal with COVID-19 protocols.
If all that are mentioned above are unable to go on Friday, the Celtics will be severely depleted in the frontcourt. Without most of their forwards and centers, head coach Brad Stevens will have to rely on Daniel Theis to do the bulk of the work up front while even moving Jayson Tatum to a forward position for most of the contest.
Stevens could also deploy 7-foot-5 Tacko Fall into the Celtics lineup, but his experience in major gameplay is very limited. All players above are questionable however, which means they could still be available come game time.
The Celtics only break comes in their opponent. The Wizards are 2-6 at the moment following a disappointing loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.