According to the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Poirier could return late this week after being out since Dec. 17 due to a broken finger. Poirier has progressed in his recovery and he has been upgraded to questionable for the C’s matchup Monday with the Chicago Bulls.
#NEBHInjuryReport for tomorrow vs. Chicago:
Vincent Poirier (right pinkie fracture) – QUESTIONABLE
Daniel Theis (right knee soreness) – QUESTIONABLE
Robert Williams (left hip bone edema) – OUT
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“(That) would really help us,” said Stevens of getting Poirier back, per Himmelsbach. “Obviously we’ve run into some size issues at times, and the more bodies the better. I felt really good about us when we were rotating three guys at the start of the year, and we haven’t been able to do that as much. Grant (Williams) can play the 5 in some matchups and in some it’s tough.”
The 7-foot Frenchman has played in just nine games this season, averaging 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds. Poirier could have an increased role when he returns depending on the matchup, especially with Robert Williams out indefinitely as he nurses a left hip edema.