Five Celtics players enter protocols

The Boston Celtics had five more players officially enter NBA health and safety protocols Friday afternoon, further hitting one of the league’s hardest hit rosters as the omicron variant of COVID-19 sweeps through the league. NBA.

Guard CJ Miles, forwards Aaron Nesmith, Justin Jackson and centers Enes Freedom and Bruno Fernando were added to protocols on Friday, bringing Boston’s current official player count in protocols to 12 before the Christmas Day showdown. with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Eight players – those five, plus guard Josh Richardson and forwards Sam Hauser and Grant Williams – will be out for Saturday’s game. Four others – Brodric Thomas, forwards Jabari Parker and Juancho Hernangomez and center Al Horford – are questionable to play because of the protocols after entering them last week.

Meanwhile, guards Marcus Smart (hip contusion) and Romeo Langford (Achilles tendinopathy) are questionable due to injuries.

The Celtics are just one of several teams playing on Christmas Day dealing with a large number of absences due to COVID-19, including the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.