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Jayson Tatum (back) out; Gordon Hayward, Aron Baynes available to play vs Spurs

Jayson Tatum (back) out; Gordon Hayward, Aron Baynes available to play vs Spurs

BOSTON -- Jayson Tatum, one of the Boston Celtics’ most durable players, is the latest addition to the team’s growing out-with-an-injury list.

The 6-foot-8 second-year forward suffered a low back injury in the latter stages of Boston’s 124-117 loss at Charlotte on Saturday.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said it’s unclear if Tatum, who missed his first game (Los Angeles Clippers, March 11) as a pro earlier this month due to injury, will travel with the Celtics for their next game on Tuesday at Cleveland.

Tatum is Boston’s No. 2 scorer this season, averaging 15.9 points per game along with 6.2 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field and 35.9 percent on 3’s.

In addition to Tatum, the Celtics will be without centers Al Horford (left knee soreness) and Robert Williams III (low back injury).

The news was far more encouraging for Aron Baynes (foot) and Gordon Hayward (concussion protocol) who will both be available to play tonight.

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Watch Kendrick Perkins' ruthless reaction to Kyrie Irving landing NBPA VP job

Watch Kendrick Perkins' ruthless reaction to Kyrie Irving landing NBPA VP job

In case you haven't gathered, Kendrick Perkins isn't a fan of Kyrie Irving.

The former Celtics big man has criticized Irving for how the All-Star guard handled himself in Boston and admitted on a recent NBC Sports Boston broadcast that "every time I think of that guy, I want to throw up."

Well, Perkins had to think about Irving during Monday's episode of ESPN's "The Jump," where host Rachel Nichols asked Perk for his reaction to Irving joining the NBA Players Association as its new Vice President.

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Here's how that went:

 

"What? Who?" Perkins replied with surprise. "Oh, I’m so glad I’m retired. ... I’m so glad I’m out the league. That’s all I got to say.

"Because I’m going to tell you: That’s the blind leading the blind."

Perk's vendetta against Kyrie continues.

As Nichols pointed out, Irving won a vote to replace Pau Gasol as an NBA VP (joining Jaylen Brown, which should be interesting), so he clearly has the respect of some of his peers.

But Perkins clearly isn't among them, and many Celtics fans likely are on his side.

Here's Kyrie's reaction to his nomination in his own words:

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Watch the teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary

Watch the teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary

The first teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary dropped Monday, and it looks like a must-watch for basketball fans.

In the trailer, KG tells a story about encountering NBA legends Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen at a gym in Chicago in 1995 and how that was where he found out he could enter the NBA Draft straight out of high school.

"We get in there, Mike Jordan in there. Scottie Pippen was in there," Garnett says.

"I jumped in, I tied my [shoes] up, and then Jordan was like 'let's go.' I just remember Pippen saying that I was too young to be out here ... and it was Isiah Thomas like, 'I saw you play Scottie Pippen, you could play in the league right now. And when he said that, the world stopped ... He said, 'Boy, do you know you can go to the league from high school?'"

Watch below (video contains explicit language):

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Knowing how great of a storyteller Garnett is, this documentary definitely won't lack in entertainment value.

The last couple of weeks certainly have been notable for KG. On Feb. 13, the Celtics revealed they will retire his No. 5 jersey. The following day, Garnett was named as a finalist for the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class.

Showtime's Garnett documentary is set for a Fall 2020 release.