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Markelle Fultz out indefinitely with shoulder injury

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Markelle Fultz out indefinitely with shoulder injury

While the Jayson Tatum era is off to a terrific start, the other side of this summer's trade isn't doing so hot. 

The 76ers announced over the weekend that Markelle Fultz will be shut down indefinitely due to "soreness and scapular muscle imbalance" in his right shoulder. The team plans on re-evaluating him in three weeks. 

Taken with the first overall pick after Philly traded No. 3 and a protected future first-round pick to the Celtics,  Fultz has played in four games this season. His start to the season was overshadowed by questions about his health and revamped shooting mechanics. The rookie point guard has averaged 6.0 points, 1.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. 

Tatum, on the other hand, has started all six of Boston's games thus far, averaging 15.2 points, 1.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Click here to read more about Fultz' situation from NBC Sports Philadelphia.  

Stevens: Celtics haven't played well enough to make streak 'valid'

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Stevens: Celtics haven't played well enough to make streak 'valid'

You know who else - besides Charles Barkley - isn't impressed by the Celtics' 14-game winning streak?

Their coach. 

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At the shootaround in Atlanta before the Celtics attempt to make it 15 in a row tonight against the Hawks, Brad Stevens told reporters, including ESPN's Chris Forsberg, that his team hasn't played well enough to make the streak "valid." 

“We haven’t played well enough to consider this win streak to be valid in my opinion,” Stevens said."We’ve figured out ways to win games. We gotta play a lot better.”

The Celtics have come back from double-digit deficits a number of times in the streak. Stevens said they're fortunate those rallies have kept the streak going.  

"We've got to be better, and we know that," Stevens said. "We can't get so caught up in the results of all these games and ride that emotion. We've been fortunate to win a lot of the games in this streak, including Thursday night [92-88 over the defending champion Golden State Warriors]. If we dig ourselves a 17-point hole every other game, it's not going to be as much fun as we've had recently."


 

Kyrie goes back to the mask tonight

Kyrie goes back to the mask tonight

The mask will be back tonight in Atlanta for Kyrie Irving.

The Celtics guard told reporters at the team's shootaround Saturday in preparation for Saturday night's game against the Hawks - where Boston will try and win its 15th in a row - that he'll grudgingly go back to wearing the clear plastic facemask he had been using to protect a facial fracture he suffered last week. 

Irving wore the mask against Brooklyn for a full game earlier in the week then ditched it in the second half of the victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. He shot just 4-for-16 from the field (1-for-5 on 3's) against the Warriors and has made no secret of his disdain for wearing it.  

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