The Boston Celtics just can't seem to get healthy as of late. On a game that saw the return of Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart to the lineup, the Celtics were without three starters in Gordon Hayward, Daniel Theis and Jaylen Brown.
With the All-Star break approaching, Boston will have a chance to get back to full health for pretty much the first time all season. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens gave the media an update on the team's injured players after their 112-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.
According to Stevens, the team expects Hayward back next game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Theis and Brown are expected to return Tuesday against the Houston Rockets per ESPN's Tim Bontemps.
Theis, who has now missed the last two games, is dealing with an ankle injury that he suffered earlier in the month. Hayward has missed 17 total games this season and has been listed as day-to-day with a foot injury. Lastly, Brown was listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Hawks with an ankle injury but decided to not play.
All three players are key pieces to Boston's puzzle and with the injury bug hitting the Celtics all year, it's hard to tell what the true potential of the team is assuming they get healthy come playoff time.
Regardless, the Celtics are still playing fantastic basketball and are winners of nine of their last 10 games. The team's streak puts them at 36-15 on the season and the third seed in the Eastern Conference just one game behind the Toronto Raptors.