The Boston Celtics will likely be without the services of Tremont Waters in Game 1 of their second-round series with the Toronto Raptors, who have upgraded Kyle Lowry to probable.Kyle Lowry PROBABLE in Game 1 vs. Celtics; Hayward, Green, Waters OUT — Celtics Wire
The Toronto Raptors have officially listed starting point guard Kyle Lowry as probable for Sunday’s Game 1 of their second-round matchup with the Boston Celtics, but the short break created by the Milwaukee Bucks’ protest on Wednesday has actually made the Celtics’ health a little worse.
While it has moved the team a little closer to the dates wings Gordon Hayward and Javonte Green will potentially be available to return to action, both would be seen as extremely unlikely to make it back on the court during the time frame this series is expected to occur within.
In the interim, floor general Tremont Waters has added his name to the injured list with a left knee sprain, per Boston Sports Journal’s Brian Robb, while Lowry has been upgraded from “questionable” after the unexpected rest, according to ESPN’s Andrew Lopez.
Raptors officially list Kyle Lowry (sprained ankle) as questionable for Game 1 against Celtics.
Tremont Waters (left knee sprain) joins Gordon Hayward and Javonte Green as Celtics ruled out for Game 1.
— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) August 29, 2020
Neither Waters nor Green were expected to play significant minutes in this series, even if their loss does ding some of Boston’s relatively thin bench; how Boston will play with Hayward out and Lowry available figures to be a much more critical theme in this series.
And we are less than a day away from finding out how it begins, with tip-off scheduled at 1 p.m. Eastern Time this Sunday, August 30th.