Celts rule out Irving, Smart, Brown vs. Wiz

From ESPN - March 13, 2018

The Boston Celtics officially ruled out five players, including guards Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart, for Wednesday's visit from the Washington Wizards.

Irving (knee), Smart (thumb), Jaylen Brown (concussion), Daniel Theis (knee) and Gordon Hayward (ankle) are all out for a Boston team that also lists All-Star big man Al Horford as questionable due to illness.

That could leave Celtics coach Brad Stevens with as few as 11 bodies, and six of those players would be rookies.

Irving is expected to take an extended rest due to lingering tendinitis in his left knee that forced him to sit out the second half of Sunday's loss to the Indiana Pacers. Smart sprained his right thumb in the same game while diving to the floor, and the team is getting more information on the severity of his injury while determining whether he will be able to return to action this season.

Theis tore his meniscus in the final minute of Sunday's game and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Brown is still in the early stages of the NBA's return-to-action concussion protocol and is not expected to play this week. Hayward is not expected back this season while rehabbing from a fractured ankle.

Horford missed Sunday's game due to illness and did not practice on Monday. The Celtics did not practice Tuesday due to blizzard conditions in the Boston area.

If Horford ca not go, Jayson Tatum and Aron Baynes would be Boston's only typical starters available. Terry Rozier seems likely to elevate to a starting role, while Marcus Morris started in place of Horford on Sunday.


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