Boston Celtics

Jan 22, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) controls the ball while Memphis Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder (99) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

The Celtics bench will be at least a man shorter than usual when they begin their three-game road trip Friday night in Orlando, and that number could grow between now and game time.

The team announced via Twitter Thursday afternoon that Jaylen Brown (right ankle sprain) and Jayson Tatum (right groin strain) are questionable for the match-up against the Magic, while Enes Kanter (right hip contusion) has already been ruled out. Robert Williams (left hip bone edema) will also not play, as he continues a lengthy rehab process.

Friday will be Brown’s second missed game in a row, he sat out Wednesday’s win over Memphis with the same injury. Tatum and Kanter were both injured in the second half of that game.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was on with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich Thursday morning, and had a positive projection for all three players. As of now, none of the three injuries appear to be serious.

Another update should be coming on Brown and Tatum late-morning on Friday. If they can’t go and the Celtics feel they need to add to their bench for the road trip, Romeo Langford, Tacko Fall and Tremont Waters are currently with the Maine Red Claws and could be recalled.

The Celtics begin that three-game road trip tomorrow against the 21-24 Orlando Magic, with tip-off scheduled for 7:00 PM at the Amway Center. Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell have the call on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth