It's without question that this will be a difficult stretch for the foreseeable future with Jae Crowder sidelined with a high ankle sprain. Upcoming opponents at Jae's position for this week alone include Paul George, Kevin Durant, and Demar Derozan. Two days ago Brad stevens revealed Jae Crowder would miss 2 weeks of time, but Steve Bulpett clarifies here:

While it has been a relatively healthy year for the Celtics overall, we have had a couple injuries this season with similar prognoses.

That number for Olynyk continues to climb as he may not be available tonight either. If there is a player in the NBA who can rehab and fight to get back into healthy form on the early end of a timetable, (even by some of the most optimistic NBA training staffs) it's Jae Crowder. Toughness personified.

However, as a fan, I think it's wise to press the breaks a bit on rushing #99 back into the starting lineup. Even though home court advantage is not a lock, we need to be at full strength come playoff time. For this team especially, it's better to have all our players healthy than having one extra home game. Also as we mentioned here, this could be a great opportunity for the young guys to show what they have and if they can be relied on down the stretch.

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