Last Monday night, the Boston Celtics played with their preferred starting five for what felt like a long time. And as a result, they were able to crush the Los Angeles Lakers by 32 points.
But with the week now coming to a close, the C's are banged up once again.
Ahead of their Friday night matchup with the Orlando Magic, the Celtics are dealing with injuries to two starters and one of their top bench contributors. Enes Kanter has already been ruled out while Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are both questionable.
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs Orlando:— Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 23, 2020
Jaylen Brown (right ankle sprain) - QUESTIONABLE
Enes Kanter (right hip contusion) - OUT
Jayson Tatum (right groin strain) - QUESTIONABLE
Robert Williams (left hip bone edema) - OUT
Kanter's absence will certainly be felt by the C's. He has been a key bench contributor this season, averaging 9.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. And in his past eight games, he is averaging 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds.
As for Tatum, he suffered the groin injury in the second half of the Celtics' Wednesday-night win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Being questionable is good news for him, as it indicates that even if he misses Friday night's game, the issue shouldn't be a long-term one.
Brown is dealing with an ankle sprain that kept him out of the team's win against the Grizzlies. He has missed three of the team's last four games because of the ankle issue and a sprained right thumb.
The Celtics will likely rely more on Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart if Tatum and/or Brown can't play. But they'll be hopeful at least one of the two can play.
At center, Daniel Theis will see more minutes than usual with Vincent Poirier being the lone true big behind Theis. The C's could look to play smaller with Grant Williams getting minutes at the five and could also explore calling up Tacko Fall from the G League to provide some depth at center.
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Magic, which begins Friday at 6 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.