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Celtics injury report: Marcus Smart, Guerschon Yabusele both out

Celtics injury report: Marcus Smart, Guerschon Yabusele both out

The Boston Celtics' injury report isn't very long, but they are going to be without a couple of players against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

The Celtics are operating without Marcus Smart, who could be out for the first two playoff series after suffering an oblique injury late in the year, but the team also won't have Guerschon Yabusele. Yabusele is dealing with a sore back, so he will be out.

In his place, Jonathan Gibson, who was signed by the C's late in the year, will suit up.

Yabusele's absence won't have much of an impact on the Celtics in this series. He has only played 28 seconds so far through three games in the series, and it's likely that he would stay buried on the bench. He is behind big men like Aron Baynes, Daniel Theis, and probably rookie Robert Williams in the pecking order, but still, losing interior depth is notable.

Gibson played in four games for the Celtics last season and averaged 8.5 points per game in those contests. However, he is likely to be the last man off the bench, so he probably won't play unless the game turns into a blowout.

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The Enes Kanter Show: Kanter on beef with LeBron James, Lakers-Celtics rivalry

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The Enes Kanter Show: Kanter on beef with LeBron James, Lakers-Celtics rivalry

Enes Kanter and LeBron James have long had an on-court and social media beef. It started back when Kanter was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder and during his time with the New York Knicks, it escalated.

For that reason, the Boston Celtics win over the Los Angeles Lakers had extra meaning for Kanter, who had one of his best games of the season in the Celtics 139-107 drubbing of the West's second-best team.

And that sparked a conversation about Kanter and LeBron's beef.

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On the latest episode of "The Enes Kanter Show", Kanter discussed he and LeBron's feud with Chris Forsberg.

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While Kanter acknowledged that he didn't know if he and James still have beef, he did say that they still are intense competitors on the court.

In the game man, it's a war. It's a war. Because he's trying to win. I'm trying to win. I'm like, nope. I'm not going to say hi to you, not going to look at you.

Kanter agreed with Forsberg's observation that LeBron and Kanter are both guys who are "about the same things", but Kanter made one final point about the beef between the two.

On the court, it's different. No friendship.

This type of on-court drama is common in the NBA, so it's no surprise to continue to see Kanter and James continue to show disdain for one another when they play against each other. Surely they will do a bit to spark the Lakers-Celtics rivalry as long as they're a part of those teams.

Check out the full episode below and subscribe to "The Enes Kanter Show" on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast network.

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Bill Russell posts touching tribute to late, former NBA commissioner David Stern

Bill Russell posts touching tribute to late, former NBA commissioner David Stern

Former NBA commissioner David Stern passed away earlier this month after dealing with complications following a mid-December brain hemorrhage. On Tuesday, a memorial service was held one of the NBA's biggest off-the-court legends.

Many former stars honored Stern's life and legacy on Tuesday. And among them was 11-time NBA champion Celtics center Bill Russell.

Russell posted a touching tribute to Stern on his Twitter account late Tuesday night: 

It's clear that Stern meant a lot to the Celtics legend. His legacy will surely be carried by former and current players alike.

Stern is widely credited with the globalization of the NBA and is responsible for the construction of the league today. The Basketball Hall of Famer helped found the WNBA, the NBA G League, expanded the NBA's digital presence and established NBA Cares, an NBA social responsibility initiative in his 30 years in charge of the NBA.

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