Injury-riddled Celtics to piece together lineup vs. Wizards

From FOX Sports - March 13, 2018

BOSTONCeltics coach Brad Stevens should be able to scrape together a lineup for Wednesday nights game against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden.

Boston, which has played the entire seasonminus a few minuteswithout the injured Gordon Hayward, has been hammered over the past several days and enters Wednesday nights game minus at least two starters and two valuable reserves.

Thursday night in Minneapolis, Jaylen Brown failed to hold onto the rim on a dunk and landed on his head and neck. He suffered a concussion, which was actually considered lucky because there was no structural damage and he is in the NBA concussion protocol and slated to miss at least a week.

Kyrie Irving, who makes the Boston attack run, left Sunday nights loss to the Indiana Pacers with left knee soreness and will rest the knee for several games.

To make things worse, the Celtics lost rookie big man Daniel Theis to knee surgery for the season and Marcus Smart, who had the best shooting night of his career Sunday, went down with a right thumb injury. The original report was a torn tendon but club president Danny Ainge refuted that report Monday, saying it was a sprain until they knew more.

Then, Tuesday word came Smart was awaiting a second opinion and Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald cited league sources saying the Celtics didnt know if Smart will play again this season.

Regardless, the injury report for Wednesday and beyond was dismal.

Al Horford, out Sunday with illness, is also questionable for Wednesday.

We are equipped and we will battle on I think is the way youve gotta look at it, Stevens said Monday. Ive never been in a season thats been like this, and obviously it started right out of the gates this way with Gordons (injury).


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