Assuming the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers do end up tipping off Monday night at TD Garden, both teams will be severely shorthanded due to players in the NBA’s health & safety protocol.
The Celtics have already ruled seven players “OUT” for Monday night due to COVID-19. They are: (deep breath) Sam Hauser, Juancho Hernangomez, Al Horford, Jabari Parker, Josh Richardson, Brodric Thomas, and Grant Williams. Richardson is the most recent addition to the COVID list. Additionally, guard Dennis Schröder is listed as “QUESTIONABLE” with a non-COVID-related illness, while Romeo Langford is also questionable with what the team termed “neck pain.”
Jayson Tatum is questionable with a sprained ankle, but you’d have to think he toughs it out in a situation like this. Take the over on his point total.
Here’s the best-case scenario roster for the Celtics entering the game:
If Tatum, Schröder, and Langford can’t go, it’ll be interesting to see how Celtics head coach Ime Udoka handles minutes and rotations.
On the Sixers’ side, they were supposed to be heading into the second night of a back-to-back but their Sunday game against the Pelicans ended up being postponed. They currently have Andre Drummond, Shake Milton, and Georges Niang in the health & safety protocol.