Celtics likely to be without two key players vs. Heat

Ryan Hannable
April 03, 2019 - 1:12 pm

It appears the Celtics will be without a few of their key players in Miami Wednesday night against the Heat.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday morning, Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown was not at shoot-around because he was at the team hotel trying to loosen his back.

“His back stiffened up again,” he said. “He felt a little bit better Monday, felt good enough to travel yesterday, but sounds very unlikely tonight.”

Brown also missed Monday's game against the Heat. In addition, it doesn't appear Marcus Morris (knee) will be playing, either.

“At this point, [expletive], we’ve done built everything we’re going to build,” Morris said to reporters. “Nah, my knee is just a little sore, so it’s just precautionary.”

Al Horford (knee) is probable.

Stevens also spoke on how health may be the most important thing as the team gets set for the postseason.

“I think being healthy is really important, and having a number of different ways to adjust is really important,” Stevens said. “Last year, we had the two seed basically sewn up for five games, and I think we lost like three straight, won our last one with guys that weren’t in the rotation, and played really well in Games 1 and 2 against Milwaukee. I don’t know that there’s an exact science to this, but I think health and more options is important.”

The Celtics are currently battling with the Pacers for the No. 4/5 seeds. The two teams will play Friday night.

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