• Celtics Injuries: Payton Pritchard ‘Likely' Broke Nose Vs. Magic

    6 days ago - By NESN

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    Payton Pritchard left the Boston Celtics' third preseason game against the Orlando Magic after a collision.
    He did not return, as his team dropped the game 103-102. As it turns out, he won't be flying home with the Celtics as he gets evaluated in Orlando.
    “He's gonna get evaluated here, fly back to Boston,” coach Ime Udoka updated reporters after the game. “Likely, broken nose and we'll see when he's ready from that. But he'll be looked at tonight and be going back to Boston and miss the Miami game.”
    This is yet another setback for the Celtics and it's only the...
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  • Ime Udoka Explains Mindset Behind Celtics' Preseason Roster Decisions

    6 days ago - By NESN

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    The Boston Celtics are without almost the entireity of their core Wednesday night in their third preseason game against the Orlando Magic.
    Both Jaylen Brown and Al Horford are in the NBA's health and safety protocols after testing positive for COVID-19, and Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Josh Richardson and Dennis Schröder all got the night off , leaving the Celtics pretty thin in regards to rotation players.
    What better an opportunity to see what they have in terms of end-of-the-bench and fringe roster players, as Boston soon must narrow down their roster to 15.
    “Guys will...
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  • How Grant Williams Will Approach Bigger Role As COVID-19 Ravages Celtics

    6 days ago - By NESN

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    The spotlight will be on Grant Williams and other younger players as the Boston Celtics face the Orlando Magic in preseason action Wednesday, considering six players worthy of Boston's starting rotation are ruled out for the game.
    While he'll eventually have to share some of that spotlight with players like Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart, both of whom are among four players who have the night off for rest purposes, Williams will play a huge role in the frontcourt while Jaylen Brown and Al Horford remain out due to health and safety protocols.
    It could be a lot to take in...
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  • Here's When Jaylen Brown, Al Horford Could Return To Celtics After Getting COVID-19

    6 days ago - By NESN

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    The good news is Jaylen Brown should be eligible to return to the Boston Celtics for the team's first regular season game. The bad news is Al Horford likely won't be.
    The duo both recently tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine away from the team. Brown is asymptomatic , and coach Ime Udoka provided an update on Horford after Celtics got word of the veteran big's diagnosis.
    “Al's doing okay,” Udoka said Wednesday in his media availability. “Obviously nobody wants to be in the situation so there's no real positive about it, but health-wise, overall he's...
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