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Al Horford (knee) out tonight, depletes already thin Celtics frontcourt

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Al Horford (knee) out tonight, depletes already thin Celtics frontcourt

Opportunity will once again present itself for a Boston Celtics reserve with Al Horford out for tonight’s game against the Chicago Bulls.

The veteran center is out due to a sore left knee.

His injury comes at a time when the Celtics frontcourt is about as depleted as it has been this season.

Aron Baynes was ruled out earlier in the day with a left ankle sprain and Celtics rookie center Robert Williams III is not with the team for personal reasons.

That means the Celtics will field one of the smaller units we have seen this season against a Bulls team that has struggled all season.

However, Chicago center Robert Lopez tends to play well against the Celtics when they are at full strength.

Look for Celtics reserves Daniel Theis and Guerschon Yabusele to get more playing time tonight.

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: Celtics come off the break with tough loss to Bucks

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Podcast: Celtics come off the break with tough loss to Bucks

1:18 - Chris Forsberg joins Michael Holley and DJ Bean to break down the Celtics 98-97 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in their first game back from the All-Star Break.

5:35 - We hear from Alex Cora down in Fort Myers on the state of Dustin Pedroia returning to the field and Tom Giles is joined by Lou Merloni to discuss how the veteran second baseman has looked in the first week of camp.

8:41 -Tommy Heinsohn chimes in on the drama and problems affecting the Celtics from Kyrie’s blowup about the media on Thursday night to his comments about the media tearing locker rooms apart.

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NBA official explains late game shot clock violation in Celtics-Bucks game

NBA official explains late game shot clock violation in Celtics-Bucks game

MILWAUKEE -- The good news is folks won’t have to wait until the league’s two-minute report to learn why the officials ruled a shot-clock violation against Milwaukee on a potential tipped-in shot attempt in the closing seconds. 

With the Bucks ahead 98-97 and in possession of the ball, there was a jumpball called between Giannis Antetokounmpo and Marcus Smart with 0.2 seconds on the shot clock. 

Antetokounmpo tipped the ball to Brook Lopez, who immediately tapped it towards the rim with the goal being to kill as much of the 3.7 seconds remaining off the clock as possible.

But after the officials huddled together, they ruled that it was a shot-clock violation.

☘️ BUCKS 98, CELTICS 97

After the game, pool reporter Eric Nehm of The Athletic spoke with NBA crew chief Mike Callahan about the call. 

Here is their exchange:

Q: Please explain why there was a shot clock violation off the jump ball with 3.7 seconds remaining (in the game)?

Callahan: “With .2 seconds, the 24-second clock didn’t start until (Brook) Lopez possessed the ball. When he possesses the ball, you cannot have a legal shot attempt with .2 on the shot clock.”

Q: Does the clock start on that play when Giannis (Antetokounmpo) tips the ball or when Brook Lopez catches it?

Callahan: “The 24-second clock starts when Lopez has possession of the ball on his shot attempt.”

Q: How much time is needed to execute a tip without it being a violation?

Callahan: “A legal tip play can occur with .1 or .2 tenths of a second.”

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