Celtics

Celtics

The bad news: The Boston Celtics will be without several key contributors Wednesday night.

The good news: Their top contributor should be back in the lineup.

Jayson Tatum is probable for the Celtics' matchup with the Cavaliers in Cleveland after missing Tuesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets due to illness.

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Kemba Walker (left knee rehab), Gordon Hayward (right knee contusion) and Jaylen Brown (right hamstring strain) all have been ruled out of Wednesday's game, per the team.

Walker wasn't expected to play on the second night of a back-to-back after returning from a five-game absence Tuesday.

Hayward and Brown both injured themselves Tuesday night, adding further sting to Boston's brutal overtime loss to the Nets.

Their injuries don't appear too serious, but the Celtics still will be without three starters Wednesday night in a game they can't really afford to lose against a vastly inferior opponent.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Cavaliers, which begins Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 7 p.m. You can also stream on the MyTeams App.