Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart Return; Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown Out Vs. Hawks


There’s good news and bad news filling the injury report of the Boston Celtics on Friday, prior to the Cs hosting the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden.

The good news? Starting point guard Kemba Walker will return from a three-game absence while Marcus Smart will return from a two-game absence of his own.

The bad? While two Celtics stars return, two others will be missed as both Gordon Hayward (sore left foot) and Jaylen Brown (right ankle sprain) have been ruled out, per the team. Both were listed as questionable on Thursday’s injury report.

Both Daniel Theis (right ankle sprain) and Robert Williams (hip) will also be out for the injury-laden Celtics. Coach Brad Stevens said Theis could be out until after the All-Star break, while Stevens also gave an update on Williams earlier this week.

The most recent Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Brown twisted his ankle late in Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic, but Stevens did not seem overly concerned about the long-term impact it would have.

The Celtics will host the Hawks at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Thumbnail photo via David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports Images

Source: NESN

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