Celtics

Analysis: With six players missing against Pelicans, how will Brad Stevens handle lineups?

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The Celtics have been lucky to avoid the injury bug this season for the most part, but it has finally hit the team hard ahead of regular season game No. 26 on Monday night against the Pelicans. The team announced this afternoon that Aron Baynes (sprained ankle), Kyrie Irving (sore AC joint) and Guerschon Yabusele (sprained ankle) have all been ruled out for tonight's contest. Gordon Hayward (illness) and Al Horford (sore left knee) are also considered doubtful. With Jabari Bird away from the team still, that leaves Boston with just nine active roster players for the matchup if Horford and Hayward can't go.

The team has already recalled two-way wing PJ Dozier and Robert Williams from Maine and both players are expected to be in uniform for the matchup. Here's a tentative look at the projected depth chart without Hayward and Horford.

G: Smart, Brown, Rozier, Wanamaker
F: Tatum, Morris, Ojeleye, Dozier
C: Theis, Williams

BSJ Analysis: The most concerning addition to the injury list has to be Irving.