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Jayson Tatum (groin), Jaylen Brown (ankle) questionable vs. Magic, Enes Kanter (hip) out

Jayson Tatum (groin), Jaylen Brown (ankle) questionable vs. Magic, Enes Kanter (hip) out

Last Monday night, the Boston Celtics played with their preferred starting five for what felt like a long time. And as a result, they were able to crush the Los Angeles Lakers by 32 points. 

But with the week now coming to a close, the C's are banged up once again.

Ahead of their Friday night matchup with the Orlando Magic, the Celtics are dealing with injuries to two starters and one of their top bench contributors. Enes Kanter has already been ruled out while Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are both questionable.

Kanter's absence will certainly be felt by the C's. He has been a key bench contributor this season, averaging 9.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. And in his past eight games, he is averaging 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds.

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As for Tatum, he suffered the groin injury in the second half of the Celtics' Wednesday-night win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Being questionable is good news for him, as it indicates that even if he misses Friday night's game, the issue shouldn't be a long-term one.

Brown is dealing with an ankle sprain that kept him out of the team's win against the Grizzlies. He has missed three of the team's last four games because of the ankle issue and a sprained right thumb.

The Celtics will likely rely more on Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart if Tatum and/or Brown can't play. But they'll be hopeful at least one of the two can play.

At center, Daniel Theis will see more minutes than usual with Vincent Poirier being the lone true big behind Theis. The C's could look to play smaller with Grant Williams getting minutes at the five and could also explore calling up Tacko Fall from the G League to provide some depth at center.

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2020 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: No clear-cut choice at No. 1

2020 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: No clear-cut choice at No. 1

BOSTON -- With about six weeks of NBA games left to play, there’s a heightened level of uncertainty as to who will be the No. 1 overall pick. 

There is no Zion Williamson in this year’s draft; that is, a player who would be the top pick regardless of who is on the clock. 

This is a draft where the top picks are going to address specific team needs as opposed to most drafts where the value of the early selections is how they enhance a team's overall talent. 

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And just like there’s no clear-cut No. 1 pick, there’s going to be quite a bit of jockeying among NBA teams as far as who will have the best shot at landing one of the top picks. 

That said, here’s the current draft order based on records and the player those respective teams are likely to select. 

Click here for A. Sherrod Blakely's 2020 Mock NBA Draft 3.0.

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How Tremont Waters fared for Maine Red Claws vs. Lakeland Magic

How Tremont Waters fared for Maine Red Claws vs. Lakeland Magic

With Tacko Fall out due to a toe injury, Tremont Waters was the center of attention for the Maine Red Claws on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for Maine, Waters was unable to propel them to victory as they fell to the Lakeland Magic, 106-103.

It was a rather inefficient day for Waters, as the Boston Celtics rookie had 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting to go along with 11 turnovers.

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He did provide a few nice highlights, though, which you can watch below:

With Waters struggling, it was Bryce Brown leading the way for the Red Claws with 27 points and 5 rebounds.

Waters and the Red Claws will look to bounce back Saturday at 7 p.m. with a home matchup against the Erie Bayhawks.

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