The Boston Celtics’ short trip through Florida continues on Tuesday night when they go to South Beach to play the Miami Heat. The first pour is set for 7:30 pm EST.
Latest Injury Updates for Celtics vs. Heat matchup
The Celtics lost to the lowly Orlando Magic, 113-98, on Monday night for the third time in four tries. The Magic have held Boston, the league’s second-highest scoring team, to under 100 points on three separate occasions this season.
Celtics’ Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored 26 points on Monday, but it wasn’t enough as Boston played without Malcolm Brogden (personal), Robert Williams III (knee), and Marcus Smart (ankle).
- Robert Williams III (Knee)
- Marcus Smart (Ankle)
- Malcolm Brogdon (Personal)
- Danilo Gallinari (Knee)
After Williams hyperextended his surgically repaired left knee in the last game, the Celtics will choose to be safe with him. Since Monday’s game is the first of a back-to-back set and Williams is held out for management reasons rather than an injury, fantasy managers can take a deep breath knowing that Williams probably won’t miss a long time.
Grant Williams is most likely to replace Williams in the starting five, while Luke Kornet is likely to play more.
Meanwhile, even though Smart’s first X-rays came back negative, he will miss at least one game because of the ankle injury he got in Saturday’s win over the Raptors.
The Celtics seem content to check on Smart’s health after each game for now, so he is at best questionable for Tuesday’s game in Miami. Malcolm Brogdon is also out for personal reasons, so Derrick White and Payton Pritchard will probably play all of the minutes at point guard.
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The Miami Heat have quietly put together a good basketball streak that has them sitting in the sixth spot with the season turning towards the all-star break in just a few weeks. The win on Sunday improved the Heat’s record to 26-22 on the season after they defeated the Pelicans 100-96 at home.
Jimmy Butler finished Sunday’s 100-96 win over the Pelicans with 18 points (5-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-10 FT), five steals, four rebounds, and two assists. He did all this in 34 minutes.
The most interesting thing about Butler’s game is that he had five steals, even though he only played 15.4% of the time while point guard Kyle Lowry (17 points in 30 minutes) took on more responsibility.
Butler’s offensive output has slowed down recently, with five of his last six games scoring less than 20 points. However, he is still making 55.7 percent of his shots from the field and 90 percent of his free throws during that time.
- Duncan Robinson (Finger)
- Nikola Jovic (Back)
- Omer Yurtseven (Ankle)
NBA Regular Season Schedule
|Tuesday, January 24, 2023|
|AWAY||HOME||TIME / TV||VENUE|
|Chicago||Indiana||7:00 PM||Gainbridge Fieldhouse|
|Boston||Miami||7:30 pm TNT||Miami-Dade Arena|
|Cleveland||New York||7:30 PM||Madison Square Garden|
|Denver||New Orleans||8:00 PM||Smoothie King Center|
|Washington||Dallas||8:30 PM||American Airlines Center|
|Charlotte||Phoenix||9:00 PM||Footprint Center|
|L.A. Clippers||L.A. Lakers||10:00 pm TNT||Crypto.com Arena|