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Chris Herren documentary, 'The First Day,' to air Tuesday night on ESPN

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Chris Herren documentary, 'The First Day,' to air Tuesday night on ESPN

Since retiring from the NBA, Chris Herren has visited schools across the country, urging students not to make the same mistakes he did. 

Throughout his college and NBA career, Herren battled substance abuse issues, culminating in a heroin overdose in 2008. Paramedics said he had died for 30 seconds. Herren recounted that instance and several other stunning encounters with drugs in his memoir, "Basketball Junkie and in "Unguarded," an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary directed by Jonathan Hock. 

On Tuesday, we'll get a new look at Herren's story, this time focused on his mission to educate young people on the realities of addiction. Watch the cathartic trailer for "The First Day" here: 

Herren played two seasons in the NBA, one of which came with the Celtics. Tuesday's documentary airs on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. Like "Unguarded," "The First Day" is also directed by Jonathan Hock. 

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Wizards coach credits Isaiah Thomas for kick-starting Celtics' run of success

Wizards coach credits Isaiah Thomas for kick-starting Celtics' run of success

BOSTON -- You don't have to tell Scott Brooks what Isaiah Thomas means to the Boston Celtics. He witnessed it first-hand.

The Wizards head coach took the Washington job at the beginning of the 2016-17 season. Celtics fans know what happened that season: Thomas averaged a career-best 28.9 points per game and dazzled in the playoffs, knocking Brooks' Wizards out of the second round of the playoffs with a historic seven-game stretch that included a 53-point outburst in Game 2.

The Celtics traded Thomas in the 2017 offseason but remained a legitimate Eastern Conference contender. Brooks believes that's a credit to Thomas, who established Boston as a team to be reckoned with during his two-plus seasons with the team.

"I.T. started this run where they've had basically five years of being one of the best teams in the league," Brooks told reporters Wednesday night before Thomas' return to TD Garden to face the Celtics. "Unfortunately they haven't taken that next step, but this is another year that they're going to be one of the best teams and have a chance to win it all.

" ... But I.T., I think he started it. When they made that trade (with) Phoenix, this team was changed, and this franchise changed because of that."

"That trade" was a Danny Ainge special, in which the Celtics president of basketball operations sent Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round pick to the Suns in February 2015 for Thomas, then a productive but relatively unheralded point guard.

Thomas became very much heralded in Boston, making two consecutive All-Star teams before a hip injury derailed his career.

The 30-year-old is staging a comeback with Washington, though, averaging 13.2 points through six games and taking over as the Wizards' starting point guard over the team's last three games.

Brooks, like Thomas' former head coach and teammates, isn't betting against him.

"Nobody in the league knew he was an All-Star other than himself and his family," Brooks said. "And that was a long time ago. He got there because of his work and his toughness and his ability to compete at a high level every night against the best players. He wants it all."

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Wizards, which tips off Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Tommy have the call of the game at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

Celtics injury report: Robert Williams, Daniel Theis out vs. Wizards

Celtics injury report: Robert Williams, Daniel Theis out vs. Wizards

BOSTON -- The Celtics again will be thin in the frontcourt for Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards.

Big men Robert Williams (sore right ankle) and Daniel Theis (sprained finger, right hand) are out for the C's at TD Garden, the team announced.

Guard Javonte Green is availabe despite a sore right hip.

Williams logged 17 minutes in the Celtics' 116-106 win over the Dallas Mavericks and wasn't listed on Boston's injury report Tuesday. It will be the second game Williams has missed this season.

Theis also has missed a game due to a sprained ankle early in the season and suffered a sprained finger Monday night against Dallas.

With Williams and Theis out, the Celtics will need to lean more on rookie Grant Williams and veteran Enes Kanter, who played just six minutes Monday in his return from a seven-game absence.

That frontcourt will try to prevent Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas from getting to the rim like he did so effectively during his tenure in Boston.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Wizards, which tips off Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Tommy have the call of the game at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.