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Celtics may be down to a skeleton crew versus Miami tonight

8-player, League minimum may be a problem



It may be a stretch for the Boston Celtics to dress the League-minimum of eight players for tonight's game against the Miami Heat. As of this writing, The Green have only eight players listed as "available" for the contest. They are:


Carsen Edwards

Tacko Fall

Aaron Nesmith

Payton Pritchard

Marcus Smart

Jeff Teague

Daniel Theis

Tremont Waters


Jayson Tatum, previously reported out of action for 10-14 days for COVID protocol, is now listed as "doubtful". Jaylen Brown is down as "questionable", as are Semi Ojeleye and Javonte Green.

Kemba Walker and Romeo Langford are still idle while they recover from injuries, while Tristan Thompson, Rob Williams and Grant Williams are still "out" via COVID-19 protocols.

How about Miami? Meyers Leonard is down as "game time decision" with a neck strain. That seems to be their sole casualty, but with COVID lurking in the background, these decisions become virtually minute-to-minute.

The obvious, and sole, bright spot here is that Celtics fans may get to see the youngsters put to the test with big minutes against a tough rival. 

Nesmith may get to log more than 13 minutes/game (his average over 3 games), and we may get to see Tacko and Tremont, both 2-way players, picking up more than their usual 11 or 12 minutes, simply out of necessity. This will be a true test for the players and their team. Should be interesting. 

 

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