Jan 6, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) shoots the ball around Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics are preparing to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers being severely undermanned. More specifically, the Cs announced seven players entered health and safety protocols.

The most notable name of the bunch is big man Al Horford, who will miss his fourth straight game due to protocols. Grant Williams will also miss his fourth game in the row.

Boston will get back Robert Williams III is set to return to action Wednesday night, after missing Monday’s game vs Philadelphia because of personal reasons.

The Celtics are currently 15-16 on the season, winning two of their last four games. Cleveland will also have their share of inactive players due to COVID protocols.

After wrapping up the homestand against Cleveland, Boston will visit the defending champion Bucks on Christmas Day. It’s still unclear what’s the situation will be on Christmas Day for any team, as the NBA is going through a huge surge in COVID-19 cases.