The Boston Celtics availability merry-go-round continues to spin as the team has announced that Derrick White will be out of tonight’s game due to personal reasons.
The Celtics were without Marcus Smart and Al Horford for game one, as they fell to a 118-107 loss courtesy of a third-quarter collapse that saw the team score just four points from open play.
Early indications are that Smart will return to the team’s rotation for game two. Still, now that White has been ruled out of the game, the Celtics will continue to be short-handed at the guard position, forcing Udoka to go deeper into his bench for able bodies.
Luckily, Kyle Lowry remains out for the Miami Heat according to their injury report, which will ensure the Celtics aren’t at a huge disadvantage in the guard department. Still, the team’s injury issues have arisen at the worst possible time as they chase a spot in the NBA Finals, and another loss to the Heat will pile the pressure on Boston heading into games three and four.
White Expecting Birth of Child
Back in November, White announced that he and his wife were expecting a child, and while it hasn’t been officially confirmed, it would seem that the veteran guard is traveling back to Boston to be present for the birth – multiple members of the NBA media have begun to report that this is the most likely reason for his sudden absence form the team.
White is Yet to Find His Rhythm in Boston
When the Celtics acquired White at the trade deadline, they knew that he wasn’t a shooter. Instead, he’s a player who consistently makes the right decision and looks to create opportunities for his teammates by cutting, playmaking, or penetrating off the dribble.
“We’ve thought for years that Derrick was a really good fit with our best players. He is an excellent defender, and he just makes the right play on offense over and over and over. He is a guy who only cares about winning that will do all of the little things, as you can see in some of his stats defensively and his willingness to put his body on the line. On offense, he impacts the game just by making simple plays. He doesn’t need to be on the highlights to impact winning,” Brad Stevens said of White when speaking to the media after the trade deadline.
I wouldn’t say it’s “lucky” that someone is injured. But I do get the point.