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Celtics injury report: Robert Williams ruled out vs. Cavaliers

Celtics injury report: Robert Williams ruled out vs. Cavaliers

The Boston Celtics will be missing some size on their bench for Monday night's game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Robert Williams has been ruled out with left hip soreness, the team announced Sunday. Rookie Romeo Langford was also ruled out as he continues to recover from the ankle injury he suffered during a game with the Maine Red Claws.

On the bright side for Boston, Gordon Hayward could make his long-awaited return to the court after missing the last month with a fractured left hand.

Hayward originally was slated to return from his injury around Christmas.

The Celtics (16-5) and Cavaliers (5-17) will face off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Cavaliers, which tips off Monday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Tommy & Mike have the call at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Celtics rookie Tacko Fall gets seven player votes for NBA All-Star Game

Celtics rookie Tacko Fall gets seven player votes for NBA All-Star Game

Tacko-mania isn't just for fans. Apparently, some NBA players are in on the craze too.

Tacko Fall has been among fan voting leaders for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, and he managed to snag a few votes from his NBA peers despite appearing in only four games with the Boston Celtics this season. He's spent most of his time in the NBA G League with the Maine Red Claws.

The 7-foot-5 phenom received seven player votes, topping teammates Gordon Hayward (six) and Enes Kanter (four). Fellow C's rookie Grant Williams earned two votes from players.

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Considering the amount of attention Tacko has received throughout his rookie campaign, it's really no surprise he's faring well in the popularity contest that is NBA All-Star voting. While it's all fun and games for some, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens made it known he isn't a fan of Tacko-mania extending into the voting process.

Celtics star Kemba Walker was named a starter for the All-Star Game on Thursday. Reserves will be announced on Jan. 30.

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Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Magic, which begins Friday at 6 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Enes Kanter, Marcus Smart congratulate Kemba Walker on All-Star starter nod

Enes Kanter, Marcus Smart congratulate Kemba Walker on All-Star starter nod

For a while during the NBA All-Star voting process, it seemed likely that Kemba Walker was going to have a tough time earning a starting job in the 2020 All-Star Game. He was ranked third in fan voting behind Trae Young and Kyrie Irving, and he could never really make up ground on the former Celtic.

However, Walker finished first among Eastern Conference guards in voting by both the player and the media votes. That was enough to put him over the top, edge out Irving, and earn him a spot as a starter.

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After the news broke, a couple of Walker's Celtics teammates took time to congratulate him for the achievement.

First, Enes Kanter weighed in on Walker's "well deserved" achievement.

And later on, Marcus Smart gave a shout-out to Walker for qualifying.

It's nice to see the Celtics continuing to bond and be happy for one another. Their excellent chemistry has been one of the big stories of the season and Smart and Kanter have played a big role as supportive glue guys for the team's bench.

And their support of Walker is surely noted and appreciated by the veteran point guard.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Magic, which begins Friday at 6 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.