The Celtics will be shorthanded on Monday night in Charlotte after ruling out Derrick White and Al Horford for a road tilt against the Hornets. Horford getting the night off comes as no surprise on the second half of a back-to-back as the team says he will rest. White has been ruled out for personal reasons.
Bostonwill be going for their seventh straight win without the duo as they attempt to close out a 4-0 road trip. The Hornets will play without former Boston guard Terry Rozier (groin strain), Nick Richards (concussion) and Cody Martin (knee) for the tilt.
With White sidelined, Joe Mazzulla will likely turn to Sam Hauser in the starting lineup who has been on fire lately from 3-point range. He got the starting nod last week in Philadelphia with Jaylen Brown sidelined and is shooting 47.5 percent from 3-point range on the season. If Joe Mazzulla doesn’t want to mess with his bench rotation much, it’s possible he could promote a deeper bench piece (Oshae Brissett, Lamar Stevens, Svi Mykhailiuk) to a spot start against an uptempo Hornets squad.
Luke Kornet and/or Neemias Queta will also be in line for some more minutes on Monday night with Horford sitting out his second game of the year. Queta made a brief season debut for the Celtics in Memphis on Sunday night, grabbing two rebounds in five minutes. Kornet did not play.
Charlotte has lost four straight games overall coming into Monday’s matchup and have the worst defense in the NBA through 12 games.
The Celtics and Hornets tip off in Charlotte at 7 p.m. ET on Monday night.