Less than 24 hours after a 111-107 loss the Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics again will be shorthanded against the New York Knicks on Saturday.
Eight players have already been ruled out for Boston's game against the New York Knicks, including six due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
In addition to the players in health and safety protocols due to COVID-19, Dennis Schroder will miss his second game in a row due to a non-COVID illness.
Meanwhile, Romeo Langford is questionable with a neck injury after leaving Friday night's game against the Warriors. Langford, who made his first start of the season vs. Golden State, was 0 for 3 from the field and a minus-9 in 7:35 of playing time.
UPDATE 4:38 p.m. ET: Langford has been downgraded to out while Brodric Thomas has been ruled out due to health and safety protocols, bringing the list of inactive Celtics up to eight.
The Celtics (14-15) are a game ahead of the Knicks (13-16) for 10th place and the final spot in the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference. It's the second of four meetings between the Atlantic Division rivals, their first since New York's 138-134 double-overtime win on opening night in October at Madison Square Garden.