Monday, January 8, 2024

Celtics will be without Jayson Tatum (ankle), Sam Hauser (shoulder) against Indiana

The Celtics will be without Jayson Tatum and Sam Hauser when they face the Indiana Pacers once again at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

The team announced early Monday that Tatum, who dropped 38 points in Saturday's 118-101 win, would be it out due to management of a left ankle sprain, while Hauser has a right shoulder impingement and both were downgraded from Sunday's original questionable status.

This will be Tatum's third missed game this season after sustaining the injury against the Warriors last month, as the All-Star forward also grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out six assists in the Celtics victory over Indiana.

Hauser misses his first game of the season after averaging a career-best in minutes (22.2), points (8.5), and rebounds (3.6) per contest.

Kristaps Porzingis (right eye laceration) is set to play after being poked in the eye during the first quarter of Saturday's game. The veteran played about six minutes of action before heading to the locker room and checking back in briefly -- only to sub back out almost immediately for the rest of the night.

Expect coach Joe Mazzulla to go with the double-big starting lineup of Porzingis and Al Horford -- who's coming off a 10-point, seven-rebound and eight-assist, to go along with two blocks in extended playing time versus Indiana -- and Oshae Brissett getting more run off the bench also, after registering eight points and eight rebounds against his former team.

The short-handed Celtics look to extend the league's best record of 28-7 and win two in a row over Indiana when they tip-off tonight at 7:00 pm ET.

Joel Pavón

Photo used courtesy of Getty Images

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