What good is an opening jump if there isn’t anybody there to take it?
Celtics coach Brad Stevens may be wondering that on Thursday morning, as the Celtics ended Wednesday night down another big man, with Aron Baynes suffering a broken left hand on an awkward bump with the Suns’ DeAndre Ayton.
So, to recap: the Celtics are now without Baynes, Al Horford (knee), and Guerschon Yabusele (ankle). Even Marcus Morris missed Wednesday’s game with a sore knee, which is concerning, if only because Morris dealt with knee issues last season. That leaves the Celtics extraordinarily strapped at center, with Daniel Theis and 2018 first-round pick Robert Williams left standing as the Green’s lone realistic options at the five.
But the Celtics are not panicking themselves into a scouring of the outside market for potential help, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher and Rich” on Thursday.
“I don’t think so,” Ainge said when asked about that exact possibility. “I think Guerschon is close to getting back also, but I’ll get all those reports [Thursday], so I don’t want to say exactly what the timelines are. But Guerschon’s doing well. He’s progressing. I think he may be within a day or two days back. I don’t know what Al’s status is.
“I do believe Morris will be back Friday night.”
As for Baynes’ situation, Ainge essentially confirmed Shams Charania’s Wednesday night report, noting that the 32-year-old big man is undergoing a surgery that will put a pin in his left hand.
“I think he’s getting surgery this morning,” Ainge said. “That was the last I heard late [Wednesday] night, that he’s going to get a pin put in this morning in his finger. He’ll probably be out for three or four weeks.”
The Celtics will look to rebound from their ugly loss to the Suns on Friday night when they play host the Milwaukee Bucks.