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With injuries to both ankles, Smart ruled out vs. Sixers

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With injuries to both ankles, Smart ruled out vs. Sixers

PHILADELPHIA – Already down one All-Star, the Boston Celtics head into tonight’s game against Philadelphia without one of their biggest difference-makers in Marcus Smart.

The 6-foot-4 guard has been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Sixers due to a sprained left ankle injury he suffered in Boston’s 108-100 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday.

He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Aron Baynes. 

Celtics said the decision to go with Baynes was in part due to ensuring that Terry Rozier continues coming off the bench where he has been one of Boston’s most productive backups.

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Smart, speaking to reporters this morning, said he actually rolled both of his ankles in the loss to the Bucks.
 
But as he sat on the sidelines during Boston’s morning shoot-around, only the left ankle was heavily taped.
 
The absence of Smart only compounds a Celtics team that’s still coming to grips with the loss of Gordon Hayward who underwent successful bony and ligamentous stabilization surgery for the fracture dislocation of his left ankle in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 season-opening loss at Cleveland.
 
Smart is well aware of the Celtics are still in search of their first win of the season, a fact that in many ways brings about a heightened sense of urgency to get a victory.
 
However, the Celtics’ handling of Smart is similar to how they dealt with Marcus Morris who had some left knee soreness that will keep him out for at least another week.
 
“It’s a long season, so we just want to make sure I’m 100 percent before we risk anything. It’s the third game into the season,” Smart said.

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Report: If Spurs can't retain Kawhi Leonard, they'll trade him to Eastern Conference team

Report: If Spurs can't retain Kawhi Leonard, they'll trade him to Eastern Conference team

If the San Antonio Spurs can't retain disgruntled Kawhi Leonard, they'll likely trade him to an Eastern Conference team, according to a USA TODAY report.

The Celtics have made inquiries about Leonard, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this month. 

More from Sam Amick's story in USA TODAY: 

Fellow West teams have been told, in essence, to get lost – none moreso than the Lakers, according to ESPN. As it stands, the Spurs are determined to either fix the situation or trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team. For teams other than the Lakers, the threat of losing Leonard in free agency next summer makes the prospect of offering meaningful assets a complicated, calculated risk.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich flew to San Diego earlier this week to meet with Leonard, who reportedly will tell any team he's traded to that he intends to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers when he becomes a free agent next summer. 

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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Robert Williams' college coach Billy Kennedy discusses the C's draft pick

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CELTICS TALK PODCAST: Robert Williams' college coach Billy Kennedy discusses the C's draft pick

Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely bring you the latest in Celtics and NBA news in this episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast...

1:40 - The Celtics select Robert Williams with the 27th overall pick. Draper and Blakely discuss why he was still on the board and if the reward will outweigh the risk.

5:15 - Blakely says that a comparison to Roger Williams could be Clint Capela, with maybe a chance to be even better. Also, a discussion about why the Celtics did not move up in the draft.

8:27 - 18:18 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely are joined by Texas A&M head basketball coach Billy Kennedy. Kennedy describes the potential he sees in Robert Williams, if he thought he would go higher in the draft, and what part of his game he will need to improve in the NBA.

18:53 - All eyes will be on Roger Williams during the Celtics summer league. What will he be able to bring to the Celtics?

20:04 - Would you want the Celtics to sign Dwight Howard? Or would you rather have Aron Baynes return to Boston?

26:02 - The Spurs are not going to be able to get full value for Kawhi Leonard and how it's looking less and less likely that the Celtics will trade for Leonard.

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