Schroder to start, Richardson back for Celtics vs. Mavericks


The Boston Celtics announced who will start in place of the injured Jaylen Brown against the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night, as well as the return of another player to the lineup.

Dennis Schroder will get the start for Brown alongside Marcus Smart in the backcourt, with Jayson Tatum and Al Horford at forward and Robert Williams III at center.

The addition of Schroder will give the Celtics two natural point guards in their starting five. While serving primarily as Smart's backup this season, Schroder has averaged 13.3 points per game on 36.9% shooting with 3.9 rebounds and 6.0 assists per contest in his first year in Boston.

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In addition, the Celtics will get Josh Richardson back for their second unit against the Mavericks.

Richardson, also in his first year with the team, missed Thursday's win over the Miami Heat with a foot injury.

Boston has won back-to-back games following a 2-5 start and can get back to .500 with a win over Luka Doncic and the 5-3 Mavericks.