Boston Celtics wing Gordon Hayward will sit against the Dallas Mavericks with ankle soreness, while Terry Rozier is questionable with knee soreness, according to the team.
Al Horford, who sat Friday against the Atlanta Hawks, was removed from the injury report and is expected to be available.
Hayward sat the second end of a back-to-back once before this season, taking off Boston’s first game against the New York Knicks after a loss to the Toronto Raptors. His play and health have both improved over the last few games on both ends — defensively, he looks more like himself, while his shot appears to be coming around.
Rozier has been relatively healthy this season. He dropped 12 points against the Atlanta Hawks on 5-for-11 shooting.
The Celtics will need Horford to help contain Dallas’ size. The Mavericks (finally) picked up free-agent acquisition DeAndre Jordan over the summer, and his combination of length and athleticism will require attention.
Hayward’s absence could be troubling for the Celtics as they try to contain rookie guard Luka Doncic, who looks like a star in the making through the first 20 games of the season.