Celtics Rule Out Multiple Starters for Friday's Kings Game

Mar 20, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) drives into the lane.
Mar 20, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) drives into the lane. / Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics have already accomplished everything they came for in the regular season. Wednesday's 135-100 victory vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the NBA's best record this regular season and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The 60-16 C's raced out in front of the pack and haven't maintained a comfortable lead, not just in the Eastern Conference, but over the rest of the Association.

As they juggle wanting to maximize the present with pacing players for the playoffs, that's made it easier for them to manage everyone's workload. Wednesday's win helps that cause.

So, as Boston prepares to welcome the Sacramento Kings to TD Garden, they've ruled out Jaylen Brown for Friday night's matchup.

The two-time All-Star is dealing with a left-hand sprain he shed light on after generating 15 points in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' victory over the Thunder, extending their home win streak to 11 games. They're beating opponents by an average margin of 25.3 points in that stretch.

Derrick White, who finished with eight points and six assists against Oklahoma City, is inactive for Friday's tilt because of a lower back contusion.

Jaden Springer will miss his fifth straight game due to left knee tendinopathy. 

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