Boston Celtics backup level guard Terry Rozier and fellow reserves Daniel Theis and Guerschon Yabusele are questionable for at the moment’s sport towards the Hawks as a result of they’re battling an unspecified sickness.
The Celtics have been capable of overcome a 17-point first-half deficit to beat the Kings 126-120 final Thursday with out Rozier, Theis and Yabusele however being so shorthanded once more will definitely put an added pressure on their high gamers.
Boston is within the center sport of a three-in-five days stretch and with Denver on deck for Monday night time and from a workload standpoint, discovering relaxation for gamers like Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris and Al Horford is essential.
The C’s have received 4 of their final 5 video games and so they’re simply two video games behind the Sixers for the No. Four seed within the Japanese Convention.
Celtics Roster & Beginning Lineup vs. Clippers
*Notates anticipated starter
C: Al Horford*, Aron Baynes
PF: Marcus Morris*, Robert Williams III
SF: Jayson Tatum*, Semi Ojeleye
SG: Marcus Good*, Gordon Hayward
PG: Kyrie Irving*, Jaylen Brown
The Hawks have had a tough time stopping Kyrie Irving. He scored 32 factors in the latest assembly, a 113-105 win in Atlanta on January 19 and he’s averaging 25.6 factors and 5.9 assists in 23 profession video games towards the Hawks.
Irving had 31 factors, 12 assists and 10 rebounds towards the Kings, changing into the primary Celtics participant to document 30+ factors and a triple-double in the identical sport since Rajon Rondo on February 12, 2012 towards the Bulls.
It was Irving’s second profession triple-double and his first since February 28, 2014 towards the Jazz (when he was with the Cavaliers).
Jaylen Brown stepped up when the Celtics wanted him final Thursday, serving to spark their comeback. He completed with 22 factors off the bench in 32 minutes, going 3-for-Four from 3-point vary and now he has 44 factors in his final two video games whereas making 6 of 9 3-pointers.
Marcus Morris is one other participant to observe towards the Hawks, completed with 21 factors and 12 rebounds in 36 minutes towards the Kings, reaching the 20-point mark for the 10th time this season (first since January 9 towards the Pacers).
The Hawks come to Boston with a poor 11-24 street document this season and the Celtics received the three conferences with them however this can be a surging crew that has two straight wins, together with Wednesday’s 132-111 house victory towards the Grizzlies.
Atlanta is averaging 123.6 factors in 11 video games for the reason that All-Star break to guide the NBA over that stretch and so they’ve scored 120 factors or extra in seven of these contests, so Boston must make a strong effort on the defensive finish of the ground.
Second-year ahead John Collins and rookie level guard Trae Younger have exceeded expectations this season, Collins is averaging 19.9 factors and 9.eight rebounds and he has 28 double-doubles whereas Younger averages 18.Three factors and seven.eight assists whereas making 33.Three p.c of this 3-pointers.
The Celtics additionally need to regulate rookie guard Kevin Huerter, who has given the Hawks their greatest 3-point scoring menace since Kyle Korver, taking pictures 39.Four p.c from past the arc whereas averaging 9.6 factors per sport.
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