Teague time? Walker, Pritchard, Smart all out for Celtics-Kings


To say the Boston Celtics will be thin at point guard Wednesday night may be an understatement.

Point guards Kemba Walker, Payton Pritchard and Marcus Smart all have been ruled out for the Celtics' game against the Kings in Sacramento, the team announced Wednesday.

Walker logged 30 minutes in the Celtics' win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, so it's no surprise he's sitting out the second night of a back-to-back as he works back from a knee injury.

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There was some optimism Pritchard could return Wednesday from a sprained MCL that's caused him to miss Boston's last five games, but it appears he isn't quite ready yet.

Smart, meanwhile, is expected to miss about two weeks after tearing a muscle in his calf.

That leaves Jeff Teague and Tremont Waters as the Celtics' only true point guards for Wednesday's game, with Javonte Green and Carsen Edwards on the depth chart as shooting guards. Teague has struggled for Boston to date, averaging just six points per game on 33 percent shooting, but he'll have an opportunity to prove his worth in Sacramento.

Tip-off for Celtics-Kings is at 10 p.m. ET, with pregame coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston with "Celtics Pregame Live."