The swingman underwent an MRI yesterday which revealed the ankle sprain to be more severe than initially expected. Averaging 14.4 PPG and 5.1 RPG, Crowder will be missing his first games of the season. He was the only Celtics starter who had not missed a start yet in the 2015-16 season.
Crowder's minutes will probably be given mainly to Evan Turner. Turner, who has been talking about what the Celtics are going to do since the news broke, was asked what Boston will do without Jae's defense:
Evan Turner asked about small forwards — like George, Durant — C’s will play w/o Crowder: "Oh, s---. I didn’t even think about that. Wow."
The Celtics will likely see the return of Kelly Olynyk, who can help shoulder (no pun intended) the minutes in the coming week. Plus the return of Olynyk will add another shooter to the lineup who can fill the void Crowder's absence leaves. The loss might revert Boston back to bigger lineups, though:
#Celtics coach Brad Stevens said C's will likely go "more traditional" w/o Jae Crowder.