The Celtics get point guard Kemba Walker back after he's been out the past five games with a knee injury as they host the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden Tuesday night, but they'll be without newly minted Eastern Conference player of the month Jayson Tatum, who will be out with an illness on his 22nd birthday.
It's part of a seemingly never-ending quest for full health from the C's. Core players Walker, Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart have all played in the same game only 14 times in 59 games so far this season.
Even with Walker on a planned 20-25 minute restriction and without Tatum, the Celtics (41-18) should be able to bounce back from a tough overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday and right themselves against the Kyrie Irving-less Nets (26-33), who come in having lost four in a row and five of six.
Irving, who missed the first two meetings against Boston this season with a shoulder injury is out for the season after having surgery on it. So, he'll avoid the wrath of Celtics fans, at least in-person for this season, after his free-agent departure from Boston over the summer.
The Nets and Celtics have split their two meetings this season, each team winning at home. They'll conclude their season series on March 21 in Brooklyn.
Here's how to watch C's vs. Nets, including NBC Sports Boston's pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
HOW TO WATCH
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ANALYSIS AND REACTION
BEFORE THE GAME: At 6:30 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Kyle Draper, Brian Scalabrine, Chris Forsberg, A. Sherrod Blakely and Abby Chin. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.
AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch a breakdown of the first two quarters on Halftime Live presented by Ace Ticket. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.
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