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Celtics have hosted these players for pre-draft workouts, per reports

Celtics have hosted these players for pre-draft workouts, per reports

The Boston Celtics won't know all of their picks in 2019 NBA Draft until after Tuesday night's lottery. But they haven't just been sitting on their hands.

The Celtics and other NBA teams have been busy hosting players for workouts ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft Combine, which begins this week in Chicago.

Here is a full list of prospects the Celtics have had in for workouts to date, courtesy of NESN's Chris Grenham:

- Jaylen Nowell, Washington
- Cameron Johnson, North Carolina
- Bryce Brown, Auburn
- Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s 
- Tres Tinkle, Oregon State
- Steven Enoch, Louisville
- Justin Robinson, Virginia Tech
- Alpha Diallo, Providence
- Obi Toppin, Dayton
- Joe Wieskamp, Iowa
- Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra 
- CJ Elleby, Washington State
- Terence Davis, Ole Miss
- Chris Clemons, Campbell
- Nathan Knight, William & Mary
- Courtney Stockard, St. Bonaventure
- Anthony Lamb, Vermont
- Max Strus, DePaul 
- Jarrell Brantley, Charleston

(You can add Quinndary Weatherspoon to that list; the Mississippi State product reportedly worked out with Boston last month.)

Johnson is the biggest name to know here, as the UNC product ranks No. 22 on ESPN.com's NBA Draft big board and has been tied to the Celtics in a few mock drafts.

Ponds, ranked ESPN's fifth-best point guard in this year's draft class, could be an intriguing second-round target for Boston depending on the futures of Terry Rozier and Kyrie Irving, who both could leave in free agency this summer.

Expect the C's to ramp up their workouts in the coming days after the lottery balls determine the fate of their first-round picks Tuesday night in Chicago.

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Celtics At Home: Daniel Theis recalls experience playing games without fans

Celtics At Home: Daniel Theis recalls experience playing games without fans

The Boston Celtics hosting a playoff game in an empty arena would be a bizarre experience.

Take it from the guy who's played in front of empty arenas.

Celtics big man Daniel Theis played several years of professional basketball in his native Germany before joining the C's in 2017. On the latest episode of NBC Sports Boston's "Celtics At Home," Theis explained that preseason games often didn't have fans, which created an atmosphere he didn't exactly enjoy.

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"It's definitely weird just thinking about it," Theis told host Brian Scalabrine. "Thinking back for me, playing in Germany in preseason games when you have scrimmages and no fans in there. You hear every voice, every word, every step. It's annoying."

Games without fans could be the NBA's new reality as it aims to safely resume play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Germany's top soccer league, the Bundesliga -- which Theis has been following intently -- is already playing games in empty arenas.

But while Theis wants to get back on the court, he doesn't sound thrilled about playing games without fans again -- especially if that means losing the home-crowd advantage that Boston provides.

"When I watched the soccer games this weekend, it was just -- it didn't feel right," Theis said. "Especially in Boston, when it comes to the playoffs and the fans at TD Garden are so important and so loud ... Then I can imagine now just playing a playoff game with nobody in there, it feels probably like a practice game or scrimmage."

Theis also discussed some of the Celtics' best Zoom guest speakers during Episode Three of "Celtics At Home," which includes guest appearances from C's legends Tommy Heinsohn and Bill Walton.

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This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

This Date In Celtics History: Paul Pierce sends Magic packing in East Finals

The Boston Celtics had no intention of returning to Orlando for Game 7 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals.

On this date exactly 10 years ago, Paul Pierce made sure of that.

"The Truth" was an absolute force against the Magic in Game 6 of the East Finals on May 28, 2010, scoring 31 points on 9-of-15 shooting while adding 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

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The result: A 96-84 Celtics win at TD Garden that eliminated Orlando and punched Boston's ticket to the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics only have one other victory on this date (they're 2-3 on May 28) but it also came during the Big Three era:

May 28, 2008: Kevin Garnett (33 points) and Ray Allen (29 points) carry the load as Boston edges the Detroit Pistons 106-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The C's finish the Pistons off in Game 6 to advance to the Finals.

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