Payton did not play in Monday’s 108-90 win over the New Orleans Hornets because of a strained left hamstring, ending the second-longest active consecutive games played streak in the NBA.
Payton had played in 305 straight games since a strained abdominal muscle kept him out of Seattle’s game against the Vancouver Grizzlies on Feb. 5, 2001. Payton played in 356 straight games before missing one on Jan. 19, 2001, because of a team suspension and has missed just three games due to injury in a 13-year career. His status for Wednesday’s game is uncertain.
“This whole thing scares me because it’s a hamstring,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.
Marcus Banks made his third career start in place of Payton and had five points and one assist after getting into early foul trouble.
“Marcus has to play better,” Rivers said.
Boston has won two of three following a three-game losing streak.
Golden State has lost two straight following a four-game winning streak.
The Warriors scored more than 100 points for the third time in four games, but lost 112-104 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.
Troy Murphy had 29 points—including a career-high four 3-pointers—and 17 rebounds for the Warriors, who had just nine players in uniform.
The Warriors missed the fourth-quarter scoring of Richardson, who has emerged as a dependable late-game performer.
Golden State acquired Cabarkapa for two future second-round draft picks. He is expected to be with the team for Wednesday’s game.
Cabarkapa, the Suns’ first-round pick in 2003, has averaged 4.1 points and 2.0 rebounds as a reserve with Phoenix. He broke his right wrist during his rookie season, and he missed the first 17 games of this season with tendinitis in his left knee.