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Kemba Walker Set To Play 20 Minutes In Season Debut

Jan 17, 2021 12:29 PM

Kemba Walker will play around 20 minutes in his season debut on Sunday, according to Brad Stevens.

"Obviously he's excited to play. He's ready to play. They've put in a lot of work to get to this point, and we're looking forward to having him out there," said Stevens.

After struggling with knee issues last season, Walker was put on a 12-week strengthening program in October.

The Celtics currently lead the Eastern Conference with an 8-3 record. 

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Danny Ainge: Price For James Harden Was Really High For Us

Jan 14, 2021 11:14 AM

During an interview on Thursday following the completion of the James Harden trade, Danny Ainge revealed the Boston Celtics were involved in the trade talks but that the price wasn't to their liking. 

"Yeah, we had conversations regarding James, not recently but yeah, we did have conversations," Ainge said. "We had numerous talks, but the price really wasn't changing. The price was really high for us, and it was something we really didn't want to do ... I think unanimously, we decided it wasn't time for us and it wasn't the price."

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that the Celtics were the third team involved in trade discussions along with the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Celtics were similarly close to a deal for Jimmy Butler in 2017, but they were unwilling to include the No. 3 pick in that draft which became Jayson Tatum or the 2018 pick from Brooklyn included in the Kyrie Irving trade. 

Boston also discussed a similar trade that month with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George, but Tatum's second workout convinced them otherwise. 

According to Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal, the Rockets were asking for Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and draft compensation. 

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NBA Postpones Celtics-Magic Scheduled For Wednesday

Jan 12, 2021 1:54 PM

The NBA postponed Wednesday's game between the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic. The Celtics won't have eight available players for the game.

The NBA previously postponed Tuesdays game between the Celtics and Chicago Bulls while Boston's game on Sunday was postponed because the Miami Heat didn't have enough players.

Jayson Tatum tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday evening.

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Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum Named NBA Players Of The Week

Jan 11, 2021 3:45 PM

Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 3.

Doncic averaged 30.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 11.3 assists as the Dallas Mavericks went 3-0.

Tatum averaged 33.0 points and 5.3 rebounds as the Boston Celtics also went 3-0.

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Heat-Celtics Game Postponed As Heat Do Not Have Required Eight Players Available

Jan 10, 2021 4:31 PM

Sunday's game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics has been postponed.

A Heat player returned an inconclusive test and the team does not have the required eight players to start a game. 

The Celtics also would have had only eight players available for the game. 

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Celtics Likely To Only Have Eight Available Players For Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday Games

Jan 10, 2021 4:03 PM

Nine Boston Celtics players will miss their Sunday game against the Miami Heat, including seven due to health and safety protocols.

Javonte Green, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Semi Ojeleye, Grant Williams, Robert Williams III, and Tristan Thompson are all out due to the protocols, with Tatum currently quarantining for 10-14 days and Thompson, Grant Williams, and Robert Williams out for at least seven days. 

The Celtics will have eight available players against the Heat, including Marcus SmartJeff TeaguePayton PritchardCarsen Edwards, Tremont Waters, Aaron Nesmith, Daniel Theis, and Tacko Fall.

It is likely that the team will only have those eight players available for Tuesday and Wednesday's games. 

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Jayson Tatum Out 10-14 Days After Entering Quarantine

Jan 9, 2021 1:16 PM

Jayson Tatum is set to enter quarantine after texting positive for COVID-19, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Tatum will be out for the next 10-14 days. 

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Kemba Walker Cleared To Return To Practice

Jan 8, 2021 5:34 PM

Kemba Walker has been cleared to start practicing with the Boston Celtics.

Walker received a stem cell injection in his knee at the beginning of December. Walker was expected to return to on-court activities in early December.

Walker missed 10 games between January and March due to the left knee and continued to have issues during the restart despite the long layoff. 

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Tristan Thompson, Robert Williams, Grant Williams Out At Least Seven Days To Quarantine

Jan 8, 2021 10:54 AM

The Boston Celtics will have three players out for a minimum of seven days with a quarantine due to health and safety protocols.

Robert Williams, Tristan Thompson and Grant Williams are the three players on the Celtics who will be required to quarantine.

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Jaylen Brown Evokes MLK: There Are Two Split Different Americas

Jan 7, 2021 11:21 AM

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum addressed the media together after a mob stormed the Capitol with little resistance by police officers.

“It reminds me of what Dr. Martin Luther King has said, that there are two split different Americas,” Brown said. “In one America, you get killed by sleeping in your car, selling cigarettes, or playing in your backyard, and in another America you get to storm the Capitol and no tear gas, no massive arrests, none of that. It’s obvious — it’s 2021 and I don’t think anything has changed.”

The Celtics left the floor before tipoff and had a players-only meeting to talk about the riots in Washington D.C. Brad Stevens thought the game would be called off.

“[The coaching staff] left so the team could come to a decision,” Stevens said. “Just left it at that. If our guys chose not to play tonight, they had the full support of myself, my staff and our organization.”

Tatum said Celtics players discussed their options and decided they could better broadcast their message by playing, rather than sitting out.

“I just feel like the same energy should be kept as when we see our people peacefully protesting for things that we see our people getting murdered on TV and live and videos,” Tatum said. “And they’re protesting the Capitol, or rioting the Capitol for losing an election. It’s two different things. And I want the same energy on TV to be, you know, ‘they’re thugs’ and ‘they’re criminals,’ the same terms that they use when they see our people protesting for losing our lives. I think it’s bigger than basketball, it’s bigger than the game today.”

Brown said he was unsurprised by both the Jacob Blake ruling and by Wednesday’s events.

“I think that America is kind of built on a lot of racism,” Brown said. “That’s the foundation, and we don’t even flinch or shift out of any of those idea. I think it was common sense for a lot of people to be upset and things like that, so all of us felt the same way.

“But using this platform that we have is important to us. We are role models, we are members of our community, we do have people looking up to us, and we want the next generation to know where we stand. We want the next generation to know like, hopefully it’s better than this one. So we want to continue to keep those conversations alive. We want to compartmentalize, but at the same time, we want to voice our opinions through the media, through our platforms, through our influence to let people know this is not okay.”

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Celtics, Raptors Have Placed 'Courtesy Calls' To Rockets For James Harden

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K.C. Jones Passes Away At 88

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Tristan Thompson Has Yet To Practice, Unlikely To Be Ready For Celtics' Opener

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Maine Red Claws Expected To Opt Out Of Potential G-League Bubble

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Tristan Thompson To Miss Most Of Celtics Training Camp With Hamstring Injury

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Celtics Sign Amile Jefferson To Exhibit 10 Contract

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Gordon Hayward Has 'No Ill-Will' Towards Celtics

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Kemba Walker Receives Stem Cell Injection In Knee, Out Until January

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Celtics To Hire Evan Turner As Assistant Coach

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Celtics Trade Gordon Hayward, Two Second-Round Picks To Hornets

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Player Options On Max Rookie Scale Extensions Have Become 'Polarizing Topic'

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Hornets, Celtics Discuss Converting Gordon Hayward To Sign-And-Trade

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Tacko Fall Agrees To Two-Way Deal With Celtics

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Celtics, Pacers Were Each Offering Gordon Hayward Four-Year, $100M+ Contracts

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Jayson Tatum Agrees To Five-Year, $195M Extension With Celtics

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Jeff Teague Agrees To One-Year Deal With Celtics

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Tristan Thompson Agrees To Sign Two-Year, $19M Deal With Celtics

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Paul Millsap Has Celtics Atop List Of Options

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Gordon Hayward Agrees To Four-Year, $120M Deal With Hornets

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