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Celtics are No. 5 on Forbes' NBA franchise value rankings

Celtics are No. 5 on Forbes' NBA franchise value rankings

The Celtics are the fifth-most valuable NBA franchise in Forbes' annual rankings at $2.2 billion.

The Celtics slipped one spot on the list (they were fourth last year), but gained in value (they were at $2.1 billion in the 2016 rankings).

The New York Knicks top the rankings ($3.3B), followed by the Los Angeles Lakers ($3B), Golden State Warriors ($2.6) - who saw a 37 percent increase in value and jumped from sixth to third - and Chicago Bulls ($2.5B).

Forbes reports that the average NBA franchise is now worth $1.36 billion, a 3.5-fold increase over the past five years. 

The ownership group led by Wyc Grousbeck and Stephen Pagluica purchased the Celtics for $360 million in 2002. 
 

Celtics remain cautious with timetable for Kemba Walker's return

Celtics remain cautious with timetable for Kemba Walker's return

BOSTON -- Kemba Watch will continue for at least one more game with the four-time All-Star ruled out for the fifth consecutive game because of left knee soreness when the Celtics host the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. 

For years, Walker has been one of the most durable players in the NBA.

So to see him sidelined for multiple games is a bit jarring. 

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And while Celtics coach Brad Stevens offered a scenario that could have Walker back on the floor next week in Cleveland on Tuesday, the need for Boston to proceed cautiously when it comes to Walker’s health and return can not be overstated. 

The last thing the Celtics want or need is Walker hobbling into the playoffs at less than full strength; or even worse, unable to play, akin to what happened with Kevin Garnett in 2009 when he missed the final 25 games of the regular season and all of the playoffs, which ended for the Celtics with a second-round loss to Orlando. 

Being out with injury for an extended period of time is foreign terrain for Walker, who in his nine NBA seasons has had only one where he missed as many games as this season. 

That was in 2014-15 when he missed 20 games and had surgery to repair a torn meniscus to his left knee — the same knee that has him out now. 

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The Celtics have run a battery of tests of the injury to try and make sure that when he does return, this won’t be something that lingers.

Boston has played well without Walker (9-3), but don’t get it twisted. 

The Celtics know for them to have the kind of playoff run that they are hoping, Walker has to be at or close to full strength. 

For Walker, being part of a team that’s built beyond just his play, to fight for a second or third seed in the East and not just a spot in the playoffs, makes missing games a little easier to handle.

“I still don’t like it; no competitor would like missing games,” Walker told NBC Sports Boston. “I want to be out there with my brothers. But it’s good to know that if I can’t go, they can still play well, they can still win games.”

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Celtics' Robert Williams cleared to return; Kemba Walker won't play vs. Rockets

Celtics' Robert Williams cleared to return; Kemba Walker won't play vs. Rockets

The Boston Celtics' frontcourt depth is about to improve.

Second-year center Robert Williams finally has been cleared to play, C's coach Brad Stevens told reporters Friday. Stevens noted Williams' minutes will be "very limited" to start.

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Williams has not played since Dec. 6 because of a left hip injury. His return to the lineup, which could come as soon as Saturday night versus the Houston Rockets at TD Garden, should give the Celtics valuable interior defense, another player to throw in pick-and-rolls, and additional rebounding. Williams also is the team's most athletic big man.

One player who won't return to game action Saturday is point guard Kemba Walker.

Walker was ruled out late Friday afternoon. He hasn't played since the 2020 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 16. He's missed four consecutive games with left knee soreness. Marcus Smart has started in his place. 

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