Boston Celtics Starting Lineup
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Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (calf) is set to miss his fourth consecutive game with a left calf strain after he was officially ruled out of the team's knockout game for the in-season tournament on Monday. Fortunately for the Celtics, they're on a three-game win streak while Porzingis has been out. There isn't a firm timetable for his return yet, so Al Horford will continue to get the starting role while Neemias Queta and Luke Kornet will get the added minutes off of the bench.
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (calf) will miss a third consecutive game with a left calf strain as he's officially been ruled out for the division-rivalry game against the Philadelphia 76ers. We're approaching the one-week mark when the team said he would be re-evaluated and he's been able to do a bit of work at practice, but still has the calf wrapped right now. In his place, Al Horford will remain in the starting lineup while Luke Kornet will see more backup minutes.
Boston Celtics guards Jrue Holiday (ankle) and Derrick White (illness) have both been upgraded to available for Tuesday's In-Season Tournament game versus the Chicago Bulls. Holiday needed to miss Boston's prior two contests due to a right ankle sprain, and his return should leave fewer minutes available off the bench for the likes of Sam Hauser and Payton Pritchard. The 33-year-old two-time All-Star has had a tough time assimilating in head coach Joe Mazzulla's system so far, barely returning top-100 9-category fantasy value with 12.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game. Holiday should still be returned to all season-long lineups. White joined the team's shootaround on Tuesday morning, so his illness wasn't expected to cost him this matchup. The 29-year-old defensive stud, averaging 13.9 points, 5.0 assists, and 1.9 combined steals and blocks, could pick up more usage in the void of Kristaps Porzingis (calf).
Boston Celtics guard Derrick White (illness) is considered probable for Tuesday's game versus Chicago. He's battling an illness, but the team will be desperate to have him available, with Jrue Holiday (ankle) already missing a couple of games and listed as questionable for Tuesday's action. White had a nice 15-point, 11-assist double-double with three steals last time out without Holiday in the lineup. He's also played well next to him, and White should have a strong outing in a favorable matchup on Tuesday if he's available.
Boston Celtics forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (calf) won't play in Tuesday's in-season tournament meeting with the Chicago Bulls. The veteran injured his calf during Friday's matchup against the Orlando Magic and didn't return. He also sat out Sunday's game against the Atlanta Hawks, opening the door for Al Horford to remain in the starting lineup. Horford logged 32 minutes in that one, finishing with 15 rebounds, six points, two blocks, and one steal. As a result, Horford deserves consideration in all fantasy setups, even more so if Jrue Holiday (ankle) is ruled out. On the other hand, Sam Hauser would emerge as a viable fantasy option in deep formats.