Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Marcus Smart (ankle), Jayson Tatum (non-COVID illness) set to return against Pistons

The Celtics will have two starters return to their lineup in Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum, when they host the Detroit Pistons tonight.

Smart has missed the last 11 games with a right ankle sprain and last played on Jan. 21 in the C's 106-104 win over the Toronto Raptors.

Tatum, who'll compete in the 3-point contest during All-Star Weekend, sat out in the team's 131-125 overtime loss to the Bucks with a non-COVID illness, while Jaylen Brown will miss his fourth game with a facial fracture.

Derrick White hasn't missed a game this season, but was listed as probable after staying back in Milwaukee to see an ear specialist. The Celtics guard, who just won Player of the Week honors, was reportedly having trouble hearing out of his left ear following a collision during the first half of Tuesday's loss.

According to Celtics interim head coach Joe Mazzulla, White has a hole in his left eardrum but arrived in time for shootaround and is available to play against the Pistons.

Meanwhile, besides Mike Muscala (ankle injury) and Robert Williams (ankle) also being listed as out, Al Horford, Malcolm Brogdon, Grant Williams, Sam Hauser, Payton Pritchard, and Blake Griffin are all available to play.

The Celtics look to bounce back from a tough loss when they face the Pistons in their last game before the All-Star break. Tip-off from TD Garden is at 7:30 ET.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of The Associated Press

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