BOSTON -- The narrative surrounding the Boston Celtics all season has been one that revolves around guys being hurt and with that, an element of unpredictability as to its impact on their play.
So with just nine regular season games left, why would these final games of the regular season go off script?
The latest medical update from the Boston Celtics has Al Horford (left knee soreness) and Robert Williams III (low back contusion) both out for tonight’s game against the San Antonio Spurs.
Williams suffered his back injury in Boston’s 124-117 loss at Charlotte when he came down on his back after trying a put-back dunk that hit the back of the rim and bounced out.
In the Hornets game, Jayson Tatum suffered a similar spill although his fall didn’t appear to be as hard as the one suffered by Williams.
Tatum is listed as doubtful tonight.
The glimmers of positivity on the injury front for Boston come in the form of Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) and Gordon Hayward (concussion protocol) who are both listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Spurs.
This season has been an injury-riddled one for Baynes who hasn’t played so few games since his rookie season with the Spurs.
And while he logs just 14.8 minutes per game, there’s no mistaking his impact on this team when it comes to winning.
Because without him, the Celtics are just 16-14.
As for Hayward, his concussion suffered in the Celtics’ win over the Atlanta Hawks last week, this is just the latest mini-setback as he continues to show growth and improvement in his overall game after a lackluster start to the season.
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One of the most exciting aspects of each NBA season is the steady stream of rumors and speculation leading up to the trade deadline.
After an unprecedented number of star players found new homes in free agency over the summer, nearly all of those players are now eligible to be traded as of Sunday, Dec. 15. Now that nearly every player in the league can be dealt, the number of trade proposals and rumors discussed and debated should increase quite a bit leading up to the Feb. 6 deadline.
So, which players newly eligible to be dealt are among the most intriguing for title contenders?
Tacko Fall, Carsen Edwards, Tremont Waters, and Romeo Langford all were in action for the Maine Red Claws again on Sunday vs. the Grand Rapids Drive.
Here's how all four C's rookies fared in Maine's 108-103 victory:
It was another quiet night for Fall, who contributed 6 points (2-for-5 shooting), 4 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in 21 minutes.
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Edwards was one of the Red Claws' standout players in this one as the C's No. 33 overall pick had 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting (4-of-8 from 3). He also added 6 steals and 5 assists in his second game with Maine.
Langford played 19 minutes but didn't make much of an impact as he recorded 0 points (0-for-5 shooting) and turned the ball over four times. The Indiana product did, however, notch 2 blocks and 2 steals.
Waters starred alongside Edwards with 28 points (6-of-11), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. The G League Player of the Month for November continues to thrive as Maine's most consistent player.
Also with standout performances were Kaiser Gates (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Yante Maten (8 points, 13 rebounds).
Next, the Red Claws will visit the Canton Charge on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.
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