Personal Reasons Sideline Derrick White for Celtics’ Matchup Against Hornets
Derrick White of the Boston Celtics will sit out Monday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets due to personal reasons.
With White’s absence and Al Horford also resting for this back-to-back game, it’s expected that players like Sam Hauser, Payton Pritchard, and Luke Kornet will likely see increased minutes. Additionally, Jrue Holiday could have more opportunities to handle the ball during the game.
According to numberFire’s NBA Heat Map, the Celtics are anticipated to have a high-scoring game with the second-highest implied total among the 16 active teams on Monday. Holiday, with a salary of $7,000, has shown increased playing time and fantasy points averaging 7.8 extra minutes and 8.0 FanDuel points in games where White was absent earlier this season.
This marks White’s absence for personal reasons, following a two-game hiatus at the start of November due to the birth of his son. His potential return is uncertain for the Celtics’ Wednesday game against the Bucks in Boston. Alongside White, Al Horford’s absence means players like Sam Hauser and Payton Pritchard might have larger roles to fill during Monday’s matchup.