The Celtics might be without two important players for the Sixers’ game on Thursday. Philadelphia isn’t exactly healthy either.
This match-up might be a little less intriguing.
First, it was revealed on Tuesday night that JJ Redick’s leg injury was more serious than the Sixers had hoped.
For Boston, the potential absences for Thursday’s game in Boston will be a bit more severe — the team declared both star point guard Kyrie Irving (left shoulder) and guard Marcus Smart (illness) as questionable.
Also, Sixers reserve center Richaun Holmes (gastroenteritis) will miss his second straight game, and Celtics reserve Guerschon Yabusele (illness) is questionable, too.
Of course, Sixers rookie Markelle Fultz (shooting issues/shoulder soreness) won’t play either.
Redick, far and away the team’s best shooter, will be re-evaluated in 10-14 days, which would mean his absence will likely extend beyond that time-frame. Injuries like Redick’s, described by the Sixers as a “bone edema and a small cortical crack in the fibular head of his left leg” can be worsened if he puts too much pressure on and rushes back into game action.
In the absence of Holmes, reserve power forward Trevor Booker will likely receive more playing time. As for Boston, the Celtics’ back-up point guard roster includes Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin.
The Sixers-Celtics will be at 7 p.m., airing on TNT. Before tip-off, the NBA will announce its All-Star game starting line-ups, of which Sixers center Joel Embiid, point guard Ben Simmons and Irving are all candidates for starting spots.