Friday, November 24, 2023

Jrue Holiday ruled out of Celtics matchup against Magic

The Celtics have officially ruled out Jrue Holiday for Friday's In-Season Tournament game against the Orlando Magic.

The veteran guard was listed as probable this morning with a right ankle sprain on the team's injury report, before being downgraded to doubtful and eventually out.

The injury appeared to occur late in the fourth quarter of the Celtics 119-116 win over Holiday's former team; the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night

Boston currently sits at the top of the NBA's In-Season Tournament East Group C, having won their previous two games against the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors respectively. Their matchup against the Magic will be there third and a victory would put them in a great position to qualify into the next round -- which would be the knockout stage.

With the loss of the defensive presence that Holiday brings, the Celtics will start Al Horford in a double-big lineup with Kristaps Porzingis.

Orlando at 10-5, are currently second in the East and have won five straight heading into today's game, while the Celtics sit at the top of the conference with a 12-3 record.

Jaylen Brown, meanwhile, who was listed as questionable on Thanskgiving Day with a groin strain he suffered last Sunday against the Raptors -- was upgraded to available and will start in the backcourt alongside Derrick White.

Boston and the Magic tip-off in a 2:30 pm ET Friday matinee at Amway Center on NBA TV.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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