Malcolm Brogdon back for Celtics vs Pelicans; Marcus Smart still out

Malcolm Brogdon back for Celtics vs Pelicans; Marcus Smart still out
Malcolm Brogdon back for Celtics vs Pelicans; Marcus Smart still out

The Boston Celtics will be without their starting point guard for a second straight game. But reinforcements in the rear area are on the way.

Marcus Smart was ruled out of Friday’s game with the New Orleans Pelicans with right ankle inflammation, while Malcolm Brogdon is available after missing the previous four games with hamstring strain.

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Brogdon has yet to start a game at point guard for the Celtics this season despite starting every game he has played in the previous four seasons. With Smart sidelined, head coach Joe Mazzulla has an opportunity to bring Brogdon back into a starting role Friday night in New Orleans.

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It’s possible Mazzulla doesn’t want to spoil the achievement, though. Derrick White was excellent as the starting point guard Wednesday in Atlanta, recording 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting with a team-high 10 assists in the Celtics’ blowout 126-101 win.

Brogdon was also very effective in his bench role, averaging 13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 11 games as Boston’s second-unit rushing general. So, Mazzulla could opt for continuity and keep Brogdon on this second unit while starting White alongside Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams and Al Horford.

An eight-game winning streak hangs in the balance, with a Celtics-Pelicans warning scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston.

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. Malcolm Brogdon back for Celtics Pelicans Marcus Smart still away

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