WHAT: A Nets are dealing with a TON of injuries, while the Celtics are finally getting healthy. The good news, though, is that the Nets are one of (or, the) hottest teams in the NBA right now. Maybe? Possibly?
WHERE: TD Garden, Boston, MA
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, NBCSB; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
The Celtics have one of the deepest rosters in the league. Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier. It’s kind of wild. Basically every guy they pull off the bench is either a seasoned vet, a talented young guy, or one of those players that makes the right plays and elicits the reaction Ugh, that guy? Really? This may be the kind of team that just takes the regular season to figure it all out and ramps it up come playoff time.
If the Nets want to steal a win and continue the winning streak, they’re going to have to bring it from multiple positions. At point guard we’re in a DLo boom and a Dinwiddie backseat period right now. That seems to be how it goes. Either one is killing it and the other is playing sidekick.
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Marcus Morris and Kyrie Irving returned to practice today with the latter winning a post-practice shooting contest. All indications are that Irving will play against the Nets tomorrow night after missing the last two games of the homestand to a scratch cornea he suffered in San Antonio on New Year’s Eve. Morris is likely as well, depending on how his stiff neck feels on Monday. Morris left Wednesday’s game against the Timberwolves after 23 minutes of play, scoring 12 points.
In their brief absences, the Hospital Celtics are 2-0 with wins vs. Minnesota and Dallas. Terry Rozier has been solid as a starter and Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward have both turned in efficient games filling in for two of Boston’s top scorers. Irving talked about Hayward’s steady improvement and how his role as a playmaker will help the team going forward and “for not just this year, but a few years down the line.” It’s a developing process as the team looks to look toward the post-season: