Will Celtics coach Brad Stevens have his full starting XI available for Friday’s Game 3 against the Nets? Will it still matter at this point in the series?
Brooklyn dominated Boston in Games 1 and 2, winning comfortably in double digits in every game, leading to a 2-0 lead. Now the Celtics face what is essentially a game to win at TD Garden, which means all-star forward Jayson Tatum and goalkeeper Kemba Walker, both of whom are suffering from injuries, will have to step up and carry the burden of goal.
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Here are the latest updates on Tatum and Walker ahead of Game 3.
Will Jayson Tatum play against the Nets?
Tatum fell in the third quarter of Game 2 on Tuesday after being accidentally stung in the right eye by Nets star Kevin Durant. Stevens told reporters after the match that Tatum was “really struggling” and his eye looked “pretty swollen”.
The first round of updates wasn’t great, but Tatum managed to recover quickly and trained with the team on Thursday. He’s not on the Celtics’ Game 3 injury report, so he should be playing.
#NEBHRinjury report update: Jayson Tatum trained today and his eye is feeling good, according to coach Stevens. He should play tomorrow.
– Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 27, 2021
In the first two games of the series, Tatum is averaging 15.5 points with 28.1% shots. He only played 21 minutes in Game 2 before going out with an eye injury.
Will Kemba Walker play against the Nets?
On Thursday’s injury reportWalker was listed as questionable with a medial bone contusion of the left knee. Friday afternoon it was officially upgraded to available.
Walker struggled to find his offensive position against the Nets, averaging 16.0 points while shooting 37% from the field and 30% from 3 points.
Celtics injury report vs Nets in Game 3
(Current at 5:30 p.m. ET Friday)
|Celtics||Jaylen brown||Outside||left scapholunate; ligament surgery|
|Celtics||Kemba walker||Available||Left knee; medial bone bruise|
|Nets||Spencer dinwiddie||Outside||Right knee; Partially torn ACL|
|Nets||Jeff Green||Outside||Left plantar fascia; strain|