Saturday, October 30, 2021

Marcus Smart, Robert Williams out with non-COVID illness vs Wizards

Celtics guard Marcus Smart will not play Saturday night against the Washington Wizards due a non-COVID related illness, according to Ime Udoka.

The C's coach said on Friday that Smart has felt "up and down" the past few days, as he's been dealing with migraines and other symptoms. He also didn't travel with the team to Washington D.C. and his status for Monday's matchup against the Chicago Bulls remains unclear.

Robert Williams has been listed as questionable for tonight and Aaron Nesmith didn't practice on Friday, as both have also been dealing with a non-COVID illness.

Jaylen Brown, who's still recovering from COVID-19, said he hasn't "felt like Jaylen" every game this season since clearing NBA's Health and Safety Protocol. He said he's having some joint pain and feels fatigue sometimes.

He said he's discussed the issues with the medical staff upon his return and is feeling optimistic overall despite current setbacks.
"My frustration is with my body more than anything," Brown said.
Meanwhile, Josh Richardson has been listed as probable and Romeo Langford as questionable against Washington with low back spasm and left calf tightness respectively. Langford has missed the last three outings.

The Celtics look to bounce back from a 2-3 start to the season and a disappointing loss to the Wizards on Wednesday night.

**Update 3:35 PM**

Robert Williams has been downgraded to out, while Romeo Langford and Josh Richardson have been upgraded to available. Dennis Schröder and Grant Williams will be inserted into the starting lineup.

Joel Pavón

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