The Boston Celtics will be looking to win their second consecutive game when they take on the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on Monday.
The Celtics beat the Houston Rockets 107-97 on Sunday to win their first game of the 2021-22 NBA season. After two underwhelming outings, Jayson Tatum finally found his rhythm as he scored 31 points and dished out nine assists on the night.
Meanwhile, the Hornets continued their formidable start to the season. They went 3-0 for the campaign after their 111-95 win against the Brooklyn Nets in their previous outing. Miles Brides impressed the most, scoring 32 points and claiming nine boards by the end of the game.
Boston Celtics Injury Report
The Boston Celtics have two players listed on their injury report: Jaylen Brown and Romeo Langford.
Brown has been dealing with knee soreness and missed the previous game. There was no official update on his status after the Celtics' last game. There is a possibility that he could return against the Charlotte Hornets, considering they are an in-form team and he is well-rested, having not played in the previous game.
Meanwhile, Langford also missed the last game due to a calf strain. However, it is a minor injury, so he could be back against the Hornets.
Charlotte Hornets Injury Report
The Charlotte Hornets had listed Terry Rozier as out ahead of their previous game. He was sidelined because of an ankle sprain but was questionable before being downgraded to out. There is no update on his status.
With the way Kelly Oubre Jr. has slotted into his position as the starting shooting guard, the Hornets could opt to rest Rozier again.
Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets: Predicted Lineups
The Boston Celtics could make changes to their starting lineup for the game against the Charlotte Hornets.
If Jaylen Brown is cleared to play, he will likely replace Dennis Schroder on the backcourt. Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Robert Williams are all likely to retain their places.
Schroder, Grant Williams and Josh Richardson will likely play the most minutes off the bench for the Celtics.
The Charlotte Hornets are likely to deploy the same starting lineup they did in their previous outing if Terry Rozier is not cleared to play.
LaMelo Ball and Kelly Oubre Jr. will likely start as guards again, while Miles Bridges, Mason Plumlee and Gordan Hayward will complete the rest of the lineup.
PJ Washington, Ish Smith and Jalen McDaniel are expected to play the most minutes off the bench.
Boston Celtics vs Charlotte Hornets: Predicted Starting 5s
Point Guard: Marcus Smart; Shooting Guard: Jaylen Brown; Small Forward: Jayson Tatum; Power Forward: Al Horford; Center: Robert Williams
Point Guard: LaMelo Ball; Shooting Guard: Kelly Oubre Jr.; Small Forward: Gordan Hayward; Power Forward: Miles Bridges; Center: Mason Plumlee
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