Celtics Injury Report: Boston Without Key Starters Vs. Jazz
The Celtics return to the floor Saturday night against the Jazz, however, will do so without starters Marcus Smart and Al Horford. The Boston Celtics are looking to make a momentum shift on their two-week road trip, with a stop at Salt Lake City against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. Marcus Smart and Al Horford will miss the game due to injuries, while Danilo Gallinari and Joe Mazzulla will look to weather the storm in search of a third consecutive victory without two day-to-day starters. The Celtics and Jazz are set to tip off at 9 p.m. ET.
Published : 7 days ago by Gio Rivera in Sports
The Boston Celtics continue their two-week road trip with a stop at Salt Lake City against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, however, they’ll be shorthanded.
Coming off back-to-back wins and fighting in a race for the Eastern Conference crown, the Celtics took care of business Friday night in a 126-112 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Boston remains in search of a momentum shift during what’s been an overall mediocre road trip against subpar competition.
Suffering a hard-to-watch loss against the Houston Rockets, coupled with barely escaping the Minnesota Timberwolves, the C’s are up for yet another challenge. When they take the floor at Vivinit Arena, the Celtics will do so without Marcus Smart and Al Horford, per team announcement on Saturday.
Smart is sidelined with a left hip contusion while Horford is out due to low back stiffness. Both veterans raise Boston’s injury list total to four, not including Danilo Gallinari who’s missed the entire season thus far.
Joe Mazzulla and the remaining healthy core will look to weather the storm in search of a third consecutive victory without two day-to-day starters. When Portland threatened a comeback push late in the fourth quarter on Friday night, Smart — who’s been critical of his defense — secured a Celtics win with a clutch steal, which resulted in a Jaylen Brown dunk and 10-point lead.
The Celtics and Jazz are set to tip off at 9 p.m. ET.