Injury Update Pistons – Celtics: Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown return to lineup?  

Published Categorized as NBA

The Detroit Pistons (15-43) will play the Boston Celtics (41-16) on the road this coming Wednesday. There will be a 7:30 PM start time at TD Garden.

The Celtics won the second meeting between these two teams this season, 111-99, and this is the third and final matchup of the year.

Most Recent Injury Report: Pistons vs. Celtics 

Milwaukee prevailed 131-125 over a depleted Boston Celtics team on Tuesday.

Jayson Tatum (non-COVID illness) and Jaylen Brown (facial fracture) were both out for Boston, and Marcus Smart (sprained right ankle) and Al Horford (bruised left knee) were also injured (swelling in right knee).

There is some uncertainty as to whether or not Tatum (illness) will sit out Wednesday’s game against the Pistons, according to Coach Joe Mazzulla, per Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe.

There were reports that Tatum would sit out today’s game against Detroit, but coach Steve Mazzulla said that a decision on his availability would be made on Wednesday. In his absence, Sam Hauser and Grant Williams have been given bonus playing time.

Illness prevented Tatum from playing on Tuesday against the Bucks, and in light of his recent workload, the team has decided to give him a longer All-Star break.

The star forward is playing at an NBA-high tempo, averaging 21.0 minutes per game and playing a total of 20.017 minutes, good for fourth-most in the league (37.4). For the NBA’s best team (41-16), this has meant an MVP-caliber season from Tatum, who is averaging 30.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.9 steals/blocks.

With Jaylen Brown (face) and Marcus Smart (ankle) still sidelined, Boston will have to make do with a short bench until the All-Star break.

  • Updates Injury to Jaylen Brown

There is no good news to report from last week’s checkup on Jaylen Brown (face). The Celtics haven’t said he won’t play again until after the All-Star break, so his time away from the court could be longer than originally thought.

Malcolm Brogdon, Sam Hauser, and Grant Williams may get more playing time in Brown’s absence.

According to Jared Greenberg of NBA on TNT, Marcus Smart (right ankle) hopes to play against Detroit on Wednesday.

It’s likely that Smart will be limited in his return game after being sidelined since January 21. With Jayson Tatum (illness) and Jaylen Brown (face) out for the Celtics, Marcus Smart may see increased playing time. Recently, Derrick White has been playing at an extremely high level, but he will lose some of his momentum with Smart’s return.

Injury Report: Robert Williams III C (Knee) and Grant Williams PF (Elbow) are questionable. Malcom Brogdon SG (Achilles) is probable. Jayson Tatum SF (Illness) is doubtful. Jaylen Brown SG (Face) and Marcus Smart SG (Ankle) are out.

The Pistons lost to the Toronto Raptors by a score of 119-118 in their previous game. They fell short, and they’ll need to step up their defense to beat the Celtics on the road.

Injury Report: James Wisem*n C (Acquired). Nerlens Noel C (Personal) is questionable. Cade Cunningham PG (Shin) and Marvin Bagley III PF (Finger) are out.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023    
Chicago Indiana 7:00 PM
San Antonio Charlotte 7:00 PM
Cleveland Philadelphia 7:30 pm ESPN
New York Atlanta 7:30 PM
Detroit Boston 7:30 PM
Miami Brooklyn 7:30 PM
Houston Oklahoma City 8:00 PM
Utah Memphis 8:00 PM
Dallas Denver 9:00 PM
New Orleans L.A. Lakers 10:00 pm ESPN
Categorized as NBA