Boston Celtics

It’s never a good sign when you log into Twitter and see ‘Hospital Celtics’ among the trending topics.

But it’s certainly deserved ahead of the team’s Tuesday night head-to-head with the Heat, as Joe Mazzulla’s Celtics will enter this contest with an absolutely staggering number of bodies on the shelf.

That list will include two new absences, too, with both Jaylen Brown and Al Horford ruled out for this contest.

  • BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 28: Jaylen Brown #7, Marcus Smart #36 and Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics watch Caris LeVert #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers make a free throw during overtime at TD Garden on October 28, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Cavaliers defeat the Celtics 132-123. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 28: Jaylen Brown #7, Marcus Smart #36 and Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics watch Caris LeVert #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers make a free throw during overtime at TD Garden on October 28, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • In the case of Brown, the Celtics are going with the ‘right adductor injury management’ label for his absence.

    Brown suffered the injury in the team’s Jan. 11 win over the Pelicans, which featured a season-high 41 points from Brown, and tonight’s breather comes after what was three straight appearances for No. 7.

    There’s been no restrictions of any sort on Brown since his return to the lineup either, with at least 36 minutes play in all three of those contests, including 41-minute efforts against both Golden State and Toronto.

    Brown put up 26 points on 10-for-22 shooting in Monday’s loss to the Magic.

    The loss of the 6-foot-6 Brown for this contest will certainly be a noticeable one, as Brown has averaged 30.3 points per game on 57.6 percent shooting, along with 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, in three meetings against the Heat this season.

    Horford, meanwhile, will take a seat with lower back stiffness, according to the team.

    But this is more in line with what the Celtics have done all season, as the 36-year-old Horford has yet to play in the second leg of a back-to-back this season for the Green.

  • (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 28: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum #0 look on from the bench during a timeout in the first half of the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on October 28, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • Celtics guard Marcus Smart, meanwhile, will miss his second straight game due to a right ankle sprain.

    The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Smart suffered the injury in the second quarter of last Saturday’s contest against the Raptors, and did not return to the game.

    Smart is averaging 11.1 points per game, along with a career-high 7.2 assists per game and a 42.2 field goal percentage, through 41 games this season.

  • The Boston backcourt will also remain without second-unit leader Malcolm Brogdon due to personal reasons. The loss of Brogdon, Brown, and Smart from the Celtic backcourt Tuesday night will likely mean another heavy night on the minutes front for Payton Pritchard.

    Pritchard, whose name has come up in trade talks of late, logged a season-high 30:47 Monday night in Orlando, but finished with just five points, three rebounds, and four helpers in the losing effort.

  • Jan 19, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) moves the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports

    Jan 19, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) moves the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) in the second half at TD Garden. (David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports)

  • But there is some good news for the ‘Hospital Celtics’ ahead of this contest, and that’s come with an injury report that did not feature Robert Williams III.

    Williams III, who missed Monday’s contest in Orlando due to a knee injury, has averaged 7.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game through his first 15 appearances of the 2022-23 season.

    The Celtics have won two of their three meetings with the Heat this season.