Who’s going to be playing for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards with half of their roster out?
During a primetime matchup, the Celtics will be without a handful of key players as they welcome the Wizards to the TD Garden for the final of a two-game homestand.
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According to the Celtics, they will be without Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness), Jaylen Brown (concussion), Al Horford (illness) and Marcus Smart (right thumb sprain). And Jayson Tatum is listed as “questionable” with ‘lower back tightness.’
Plus the C’s will be without Daniel Theis for at least the remainder of the season with a left knee meniscal tear.
Wednesday night’s lineup will feature the likes of Terry Rozier III, Marcus Morris, Greg Monroe, Aron Baynes and Shane Larkin. Plus young bucks Semi Ojeleye, Abdel Nader, and Guerschon Yabusele.
The Celtics won’t be the only ones missing at least one key player. The Wizards will be without John Wall, who has been out since Jan. 31 after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Coming into the game, the C’s are 6-2 since the All-Star Break and sit in the second spot, only four games back of the Toronto Raptors, in the Eastern Conference.
And the Wizards are 2-5 over their last seven, after losing two-straight to the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Right now the Wizards are holding down the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, trailing the Raptors by 12.5 and the Celtics by 8.5 games.
In their first two meetings this season, the Wizards took the first on Christmas Day in Boston, 111-103. And the Celtics won the second, 110-104, back in early February down in Washington D.C.
UP NEXT: The Celtics (45-21) will welcome the Washington Wizards (38-30) to the TD Garden Wednesday night for a primetime matchup. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 8:00 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
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