The New York Knicks will head to Boston to face off against the Celtics at 1:00 PM ET. While the Celtics are off to a great start this season, the same can’t be said for the Knicks. The Knicks have completely lost their touch and will be hoping to get back to winning ways.
Earlier this season, the Knicks shocked everyone when they were off to a blazing start. But as the season progressed, they calmed down. On the other hand, the Celts are currently on the top of the Eastern Conference.
What’s surprising is that Boston is not even at their 100% due to the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases. Can they rack up another victory on Sunday? Additionally, one of the biggest things people want to know is whether Kemba Walker will return to action or not.
After suffering a knee injury back in December, he is yet to make a comeback for the team. However, he is finally making some progress and could make his season debut pretty soon.
Due to the team being shorthanded right now, head coach Brad Stevens is going deep through his bench. In fact, the team has found a new reliable player in Payton Pritchard, who is blossoming into a solid role player for the team.
According to their recent injury report, they still have a plethora of players out, with Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker being the biggest names out of the lot. So the expected lineup for the Celtics on Sunday is Jeff Teague (G), Marcus Smart (G), Grant Williams (F), Jaylen Brown (F), and Tristan Thompson (C).
For the Knicks, their forward Julius Randle has elevated his game to another level. If it weren’t for him, the team might have an even worse record. With their 5-8 record, they still hold the 10th seed in the East, but will hope to move further up on Sunday.
Furthermore, they have only 3 players that are doubtful or questionable for the game. Keeping that in mind, the expected lineup for them is Elfrid Payton (G), RJ Barrett (G), Julius Randle (F), Reggie Bullock (F), and Mitchell Robinson (C).
The Boston Celtics should be able to get the job done and register their ninth win of the season. Despite being shorthanded, they still have an excellent lineup to take on the Knicks.
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