Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum talked about the motivation that Derrick White and Jrue Holiday provide for the team.
White missing the game means it will end his iron-man streak of 118 straight games played including the playoffs, according to NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg. He hadn’t missed a game since Game 2 of the 2022 Eastern Conference finals for the birth of his first child.
And why will the 29-year-old miss Saturday’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets? It likely will be for the birth of his second child.
Backup center Neemias Queta also was ruled out for the matchup due to “right foot injury management.” White’s absence should mean more playing time for Payton Pritchard, who’s had a quiet start to the season. Dalano Banton also could be relied upon depending on how coach Joe Mazzulla wants to attack the Nets.
Brooklyn is playing on the second night of a back-to-back after beating the Chicago Bulls. Boston gets its first look at Ben Simmons and Mikal Bridges as the Celtics’ size should play an advantage with Nic Claxton missing the past four games for the Nets.