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Brown, Tatum out of Celtics summer league game vs. Warriors

Brown, Tatum out of Celtics summer league game vs. Warriors

Jaylen Brown (quad bruise) and Jayson Tatum (right patella tendonitis) won't play in the Celtics' round-of-16 summer league game tonight vs. the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas.

Brown is expected to be out for the remainder of the summer league after he took a knee in the thigh in a victory over the 76ers Tuesday night. Guard Abdel Nader, a second-round pick in 2016 who has missed the past two games, is also out tonight with a strained left calf. 

The winner of the Celtics-Warriors game meets the winner of the seed Sacramento Kings-Dallas Mavericks in the quarterfinals Saturday.  The loser will face the loser of the Los Angeles Clippers-Miami Heat game. 

Tatum, the No. 3 overall pick last month in the draft, has been impressive in the summer league, averaging 18.7 points,  9.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.3 steals. 

Marcus Smart runs on treadmill, gets up jumpers at practice

Marcus Smart runs on treadmill, gets up jumpers at practice

BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart ran on a treadmill at the team’s practice facility on Tuesday then engaged in light shooting work including some jump shots as he navigates the early stages of rehab from a torn oblique suffered in the final week of the season.

While Celtics coach Brad Stevens suggested there had been no change with Smart’s return-to-action timeline, which called for him to miss 4-6 weeks before resuming basketball activities, it appears that Smart is at least ahead of where he expected to be this early in his recovery. 

Smart said this weekend in Indiana that he might not resume jogging until a couple more weeks. But a shirtless Smart instead went hard in small bursts on the treadmill, then joined assistant coach Jay Larranaga on the court for a shooting session that included some one-legged shots and tiny jumpers.

"I don’t have an update,” said Stevens. "I haven’t asked. I know he’s not close to playing. I know he’s progressed well but I don’t know what that means.”

Stevens was asked if he was surprised to see Smart on the treadmill.

"I don’t know what he’s doing up there, was he jogging?” asked Stevens. "So I didn’t really see it. It doesn’t surprise me because they said he’s making good progress. But it didn’t sound like the timeline was changing all that much from when I last talked to the training staff about it. I really haven’t talked about it in the last probably week or so.”

A 4-6 week return to basketball activities would mean Smart wouldn’t likely be able to return until closer to the Conference Finals. The Celtics are scheduled to start their series with the Bucks this weekend but even the team was still waiting for direction on exactly which day (Saturday or Sunday) and time they will begin play.

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Kendrick Perkins fires back at haters questioning his TV analyst aspirations

Kendrick Perkins fires back at haters questioning his TV analyst aspirations

Kendrick Perkins is going to speak his mind, and he doesn't care what you think about what comes out of it.

Since officially announcing his NBA retirement last Monday, the former Boston Celtics big man has tried his hand as a television analyst, appearing Monday on ESPN's "Get Up."

Perkins dropped some controversial takes, too, calling the Oklahoma City Thunder "dysfunctional" and comparing Kawhi Leonard to Michael Jordan

Apparently Perkins has taken some heat for those remarks, because he felt compelled to defend himself Tuesday in a passionate tweet.

Tell 'em, Perk.

Perkins seems like a natural fit for TV: He's a great storyteller and has made connections with NBA stars from multiple generations over the last two decades.

He's even tweeting like an NBA player-turned-TV analyst, right down to the poor photo crop job that would make former Celtics teammate (and ESPN analyst) Paul Pierce proud:

If the 34-year-old really wants to pursue a TV career, though -- he's expressed interest in coaching, as well -- we've got news for him: The Twitter mob isn't going to get any nicer.

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