against Oklahoma City on Saturday. But Evan Fournier will not be suiting up as he was listed as out on the injury report due to health and safety protocols.
Fournier was one of five Celtics who were on the injury report and designated as out Saturday. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Friday that Fournier was in Boston to get through physicals and other tasks. It’s unclear how long Fournier will be sidelined because of the protocols, which the league uses for coronavirus-related issues. The Celtics and NBA cannot comment further because of privacy reasons.
Romeo Langford and Tristan Thompson were also listed as out due to health and safety protocols., though he’s expected back next week. There’s no timetable yet for Thompson’s return, who has missed the past seven games.
The other two players on the injury report were expected. Kemba Walker is out Saturday because of left knee management as the team will not play him on the second game of a back-to-back. Semi Ojeleye is unavailable because of a left side strain, which he suffered Wednesday against the Bucks. Ojeleye had to be helped off the court as he looked to be in clear pain.
The big blow here is Fournier, who made an unexpected visit to the injury report. He was averaging 19.7 points per game on 38.8% 3-point shooting with the Magic this season. The Celtics sent Jeff Teague and two second-round picks for the marksman, who they hoped would help in the playoff push.
With only 27 games left in the season, if Fournier is out for a lengthy time period, it’ll be that much harder to get him acclimated to the team ahead of the playoff push.
The Celtics will have their two other trade pieces ready to go.. Luke Kornet was also on the sideline, though he didn’t get any action.