Boston Celtics

  • The Celtics’ win over the San Antonio Spurs last Saturday night came with a price.

    Starting guard Marcus Smart has been ruled out for the Celtics’ next game, Monday night against the Chicago Bulls at TD Garden. Smart injured his knee when he collided with the Spurs’ Zach Collins on Saturday. Per Chris Forsberg, head coach Joe Mazzulla said Smart was due for more testing after the team returned to Boston.

    It’ll be interesting to see how the Celtics configure their starting lineup in Smart’s absence, whether for just this one game or possibly more. Since Smart’s last absence, the Celtics had played eight games in a row with Smart and Derrick White both starting, with center Robert Williams III coming off the bench.

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  • Monday night may present an opportunity for the Celtics to “go big” and put Williams III back in the starting lineup, with White serving as the point guard and Jaylen Brown manning the 2-guard spot.

    Malcolm Brogdon has consistently played the “sixth man” role on the C’s and has yet to start a game this season, so that doesn’t seem likely to change now. Smart’s absence could also mean increased minutes for Payton Pritchard for as long as Smart is out.

    The Celtics have already played the Bulls three times this season, and are 1-2. So they ought to be motivated to even the season series on Monday night, with or without Smart. You’ll be able to hear the call of the game on 98.5 The Sports Hub at 7:30 p.m. ET, starting with pregame at 7.

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