12/9 Injury Update: Marcus Smart Questionable; Robert Williams out tonight vs Cavs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart could miss tonight's game due to an eye infection. Photo via Winslow Townson
Tonight, the Boston Celtics (16-5)will face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-17) at TD Garden with a goal of claiming their fourth straight win. However, while Celtics' all-star caliber forward Gordon Hayward may finally make his return from the left-hand fracture he suffered early on in the season, Boston will not be fully healthy for tonight's action.
After the official injury report for tonight's game was released, head coach Brad Stevens mentioned to the media that defensive player of the year candidate Marcus Smart may not play tonight due to an eye infection. The jury's still out on this one, but if there are any games in the season where Smart can play it safe and sit out this would be one of them.
#NEBHInjuryReport Brad Stevens says Marcus Smart (eye infection) may not play tonight, and Rob Williams (sore left hip) will not play tonight.
Sophomore center Robert Williams III will miss tonight's game with a right ankle sprain. The 22-year-old is averaging 14 minutes a game with 4 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 block on the season for the C's. Hopefully, his absence is not missed too heavily off the bench against Cleveland's big men, such as Kevin Love and Tristian Thompson. I wouldn't be too concerned though because the Celtics should have more than enough tools to handle the Cavaliers even with the lack of the timelord.
Finally, rookie Romeo Langfordwill also be sidelined for tonight's game with a right ankle sprain. The Indiana alum has not found his groove yet in Boston, something that could be the result of the many injuries he has had to deal with since before the draft this past summer. Hopefully, Langford can catch a break and find his place on this team sooner rather than later.
The Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the TD Garden.