Celtics release injury report ahead of Christmas Day game, only 6 players missing
When I saw the Boston Celtics public relations account tweeting the injury report ending in “(1/5)”, I knew I had to prepare for a doozy. And a doozy it is! It is faster to list players who are not on the injury report – Robert Williams, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Joe Johnson, Payton Pritchard and Dennis Schröder.
Celtics not listed on injury report:
If they’re signed before tomorrow’s game, we can probably add Al-Farouq Aminu and Norvel Pelle to that list. https://t.co/L61p7yom9L
– Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) December 24, 2021
The news isn’t all bad, however. It is encouraging to see Al Horford, Jabari Parker, Juancho Hernangomez and Brodric Thomas as questionable when released from health and safety protocols. It is likely that their appearances will eventually return to their conditioning levels after 10 days of quarantine. Some of Boston’s 10-day hardship waiver signatures are already unavailable as CJ Miles and Justin Jackson enter health and safety protocols. Things could get even worse as players take Christmas time with their families.
Additionally, Marcus Smart and Romeo Langford are questionable with actual injuries – the former facing a hip contusion sustained against the The Cleveland Cavaliers and the latter dealing with left Achilles tendinopathy.
Aaron Nesmith is a new addition to H&SP among rotation players. Grant Williams and Josh Richardson are absent for the time being.
If the Celtics can even squeeze a few of those questionable players out of the Protocols (Al Horford, Jabari Parker) and have Marcus Smart and Romeo Langford ready to go, they should be able to compete with the Bucks, who, by comparison, have a connection. of relatively short injury with only Brook Lopez listed as absent and Donte DiVincenzo as questionable due to health and safety protocols.
It could get ugly, or things could take a positive turn depending on how the next 12-18 hours go for the Celtics.
The Boston Celtics face the milwaukee dollars tomorrow Christmas Day at 2:30 p.m. EST on ABC.