Celtics Friday: Injury Recap

By: Colleen B
Posted: March 16, 2018

I left you all hanging. I drove down the east coast this spring break (yes, I’m in college) and found myself beach side in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I wore my Kelly Olynyk teeshirt around, and noticed a few Larry Bird jerseys here and there. I played basketball on a beautiful outside court at Coastal Carolina University. My life was full of sunshine and optimism, but meanwhile, back in Boston, the Celtics were injury ridden.

If you’re one of my readers that likes to keep up with basketball simply via my posts, thank you and hold tight. I’ll explain everything in a minute. If you are a basketball expert that reads these posts already knowing a lot of the information I’m talking about, reach out to me, I’d love to know your opinions and insight!

Okay, the recap:

Gordon Hayward (ankle)

Kyrie Irving (knee)

Al Horford (illness)

Jaylen Brown (concussion)

Daniel Theis (torn meniscus in his left knee)

Marcus Smart (ligament/tendon damage in right thumb)

Shane Larkin (knee injury- minutes restriction 15 to 25 minutes)

Who are we left with?

Terry Rozier, Kadeem Allen, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Abdel Nader, Aron Baynes, Greg Monroe, Semi Ojeleye, Guerschon Yabusele

Hardship Exemption

When an NBA team has aroster filled with injuries, the league has a mechanism to allow them to fix their rosters. This is done by adding additional roster spot(s) and expanding the maximum of 15 standard NBA contracts. However, the team must have at least FOUR players out for a minimum of THREE games before they can ask the league to consider them for the exemption.

In Boston’s case, they aren’t eligible to petition yet. Players like Al Horford (and probably Smart, Brown, and Irving) should probably be back soon. Boston won’t be eligible for the Hardship Exemption.

On Wednesday, the young team fell to the Washington Wizards in double OT. The score was 125 to 124. The ball was tossed to Jayson Tatum for a last second three which was missed. Us Boston fans can’t help but sigh at the thought of Kyrie potentially making that three, instead.


Image via Daniel Theis twitter @dtheis10

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