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Jayson Tatum is the face of the Celtics now

Jayson Tatum is the face of the Celtics now

Anthony Davis will be moving on to his preferred destination, the Los Angeles Lakers, which officially took Boston out of the running.

But as we've seen in recent years, some of the best moves made by Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics have been the moves they didn't make.

Those non-moves often afforded another player to rise to the forefront, with this being no different.

Simply put, Davis being traded to the Lakers all but cement Boston building around Jayson Tatum.

Because no Anthony Davis all but guarantees Kyrie Irving will not return to Boston next season.

And when you look at this roster and what Boston could potentially add via free agency, it's clear that this will be Tatum's team. The 6-foot-8 forward has shown glimpses of being an all-star, franchise-caliber talent.

With Davis off the table and Irving unlikely to return, Tatum will have the benefit of opportunity and wisdom.

Heading into his third season, Tatum has experienced the highs and lows that come with being in the spotlight for a high profile team with visions of a championship.

That experience can only benefit him with the spotlight being brighter - a lot brighter - now that Tatum is on track to be the future face of the Celtics franchise.

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There's only one location where the NBA season can be salvaged - Las Vegas

There's only one location where the NBA season can be salvaged - Las Vegas

With all kinds of locations being tossed around for a possible return of the NBA in a single-site playoff tournament after the coronavirus crisis eases (Las Vegas, the Bahamas, Orlando, Hawaii, Louisville, and Atlantic City have been reported), Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated thinks only one place makes sense.

Vegas, baby.

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Mannix told "Felger and Mazz" on Tuesday that while it looks bleak for an NBA reboot - "the pessimism is still pretty high." - if a centrally-located "season" without fans is to take place, "I have no doubt it's going to be salvaged in Las Vegas."

The city hosts NBA Summer League games and has plenty of now-empty hotel rooms.

Mannix's idea?

"Quarantine the players in July in Las Vegas and to have some form of a tournament that eventually crowns a champion...It's workable. It's doable." 

A Sweet 16-type, one-and-done tournament is an idea that's been put out there. Mannix says its a possibility. "All 16 playoff teams are involved. How it's structured after that is still a moving target."

Watch the full discussion above.   

 

Celtics' Marcus Smart to donate his plasma in the fight against coronavirus

Celtics' Marcus Smart to donate his plasma in the fight against coronavirus

Celtics guard Marcus Smart proved tougher than the coronavirus (a.k.a. COVID-19). He came down with it, was never symptomatic and announced he had recovered on Sunday.

Now, he'll help battle it with his blood.

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According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Smart will donate his plasma to the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project, founded by Johns Hopkins immunologist Arturo Casadevall, who brought together experts to form a national network that connects donors, patients, and their doctors. 

Last week, the Federal Drug Administration authorized drug use of convalescent COVID-19 plasma for patients infected with the virus that has swept the world and led to the pandemic. 

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