The Boston Celtics have been dealing with injuries pretty much from the jump this season after big-ticket free-agent signee Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury five minutes into the season-opening game in Cleveland.
However, the Celtics team that has constructed a 46-21 season will barely resemble the squad that takes the floor Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden.
At Monday’s practice, six guys were dealing with some type of injury. Here’s the rundown:
* Jaylen Brown (concussion) — Out indefinitely.
* Hayward (ankle) — Out for season.
* Al Horford (illness) — Assumed back later this week.
* Kyrie Irving (knee tendonitis) — Out indefinitely.
* Marcus Smart (sprained thumb) — Out indefinitely.
* Daniel Theis (torn meniscus) — Out for season.
If Horford cannot answer the bell against visiting Washington on Wednesday night, coach Brad Stevens will have only 11 healthy players, a number which includes two-way players Jabari Bird and Kadeem Allen.
Further, veteran guard Shane Larkin is on a minutes restriction of 15 to 20 because of a knee problem.
Fortunately for Boston, it is pretty much locked into the second seed in the Eastern Conference, trailing frontrunner Toronto (49-17), but 6.5 games ahead of third-place Indiana (38-28) entering play Tuesday night.