Celtics Game Today: Boston Celtics second-rounder might make his debut vs Hawks

A Boston Celtics second-round draft pick might make his debut against the Atlanta Hawks on November 26.

Oct 9, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jordan Walsh (27) drives to the basket as
Oct 9, 2023; New York, New York, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jordan Walsh (27) drives to the basket as / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

According to Boston.com's Colin McCarthy, 2023 second-round draft pick (via Arkansas) Jordan Walsh might make his debut for the Boston Celtics against the Atlanta Hawks at the TD Garden following his being recalled from the G-League affiliate Maine Celtics on November 25.

"Celtics rookie Jordan Walsh might make his NBA regular season debut on Sunday night against the Hawks," McCarthy prefaced before saying, "Boston recalled Walsh from its G League affiliate, the Maine Celtics, shortly after it was announced that Jrue Holiday will be questionable for Sunday and Kristaps Porzingis was already ruled out. The move to Maine was likely to aid in Walsh’s development, but now there may be an opening for him to get playing time in the big leagues."

Boston has a thinned-out frontcourt without Kristaps Porzingis for the next few games, and the Walsh recalling can be a sign that Joe Mazzulla is looking to go smaller in the interim during the Latvian star's absence.

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Adding a free agent with the team's open roster spot feels like a must right now in the wake of Porzingis's injury. All things considered, Brad Stevens did an incomplete job finishing up this roster following the offseason splashes of Porzingis and Jrue Holiday.

Walsh is merely a stopgap option. In reality, the former Razorback will likely need many reps in garbage time before becoming a true rotation regular; unless all of the wars he's been part of on the SEC hardwood has him truly ready for the NBA regular season.

Hardwood Houdini's own Justin Alcaide threw Meyers Leonard out as an option, and that's definitely the kind of on-court fit Boston should be pursuing right now. Whether it's Leonard or someone else, it feels like the Celtics need to make a move with their injury report filling up as the calendar turns to December and we no longer can consider it the season's "early going."