Celtics injury report: Boston gets positive news for Knicks game

NEW YORK — As the Celtics look to continue dominating the East, they’ve only gotten positive news from the injury report. Ahead of Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. game against the Knicks, the C’s have zero players listed on the injury report.

Of course, that’s a huge plus as the league-best Celtics bring their 44-12 record into Saturday’s game as they’re also on a seven-game winning streak. The Knicks stumbled ahead of the All-Star break as they’ve dealt with injuries but they’re still 34-22 and fourth in the East. The Celtics are coming of a blowout win over the Bulls on Thursday while the Knicks beat the 76ers.


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Notably, Jaden Springer is not listed on the injury report. He was originally questionable heading into Thursday’s game in Chicago, but he was upgraded ahead of the game. Springer made his Celtics debut in the process, playing a couple minutes. Big man Xavier Tillman also made his Boston debut Thursday, scoring a bucket as his hurt knee is behind him now.

The Celtics have defeated the Knicks all three times the teams have faced each other thus far this season. In a rare twist, they’ll actually face five times during the regular season instead of the normal four. Part of that is because of the NBA’s in-season tourney where the C’s and Knicks both lost in the quarterfinals of the knockout stages, so they were paired up against each other.

New York has been a pleasant surprise this season and has had its hot stretches of play. But the Knicks have been banged up as they look to climb the East standings. They’re only one game back of the third-place Bucks.

First appeared on www.masslive.com

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