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Jayson Tatum questionable for Hornets on Friday

Jayson Tatum questionable for Hornets on Friday

BOSTON – There’s still no guarantee that Jayson Tatum will play Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets. 

But the right ankle injury he suffered in the first half of Boston’s 107-96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday isn’t bad enough to where the team has ruled him out, either. 

The Boston Celtics are listing Tatum as questionable for Friday’s game against the Hornets which is actually a good sign. 

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That means whatever issues he had with the ankle, they are not serious enough to where the Celtics know for certain that he can’t play.

The same can’t be said for Al Horford, who is in the league’s concussion protocol program and has already been ruled out for Friday’s game against the Hornets. 

If Tatum does not play, the Celtics can go in a number of different ways as far as who would start in his place. 

Marcus Smart could be inserted into the starting lineup, which would slide Jaylen Brown over to small forward with Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris representing Boston’s two bigs with the first group. 

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens may decide to go with Daniel Theis who would play power forward, and have Morris start at small forward which is the position he played most of last season with the Detroit Pistons. 

All of the aforementioned players have seen action this season with the first group, the kind of experience that for the younger players like Theis could prove invaluable at some point later in the season if called upon to step in as an injury replacement in the starting lineup. 

Tatum, drafted by Boston with the third overall pick in last June’s NBA draft, has been among the most productive rookies in the NBA this season. 

He averages 13.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from 3-point range while averaging 29.8 minutes per game.

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Knicks, Nets reportedly in mix for Kyrie-Butler combo in '19

Knicks, Nets reportedly in mix for Kyrie-Butler combo in '19

Remember those rumors of Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler teaming up in free agency next year? Well, that buzz is back and Boston isn't the rumored destination.

Two league sources told Business Insider that the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets could be well-positioned to land the two players, with one source saying the chatter is "substantial."

"It wouldn't surprise me if either New York team or potentially both New York teams hit it big next summer," one source said.

That echoes a Chicago Sun-Times report from July which said the Celtics and Timberwolves stars had been talking about how they could team up. Each player can opt out after this season and Irving has made it known he'll be heading to free agency. The Kyrie-to-the-Knicks rumors have been around for a while. 

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Anything is Podable Episode One: Turmoil and tragedy define the 90's for the Celtics

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Anything is Podable Episode One: Turmoil and tragedy define the 90's for the Celtics

Every great skyscraper started as an empty lot, every great piece of music started as a simple note, and every great champion started with a plan.

While the Celtics returned to glory in 2008, the period from their championship in 1986 until the trades for Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett was, at best, tumultuous.

Episode One of “Anything is Podable” examines the darkest era in Celtics history, looking closely at the deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis, the team’s decision to hire Rick Pitino, and the end of the original Big Three.

“I lived through the Len Bias tragic situation and I was with Len the night before,” said Danny Ainge. “That was a beginning to lots of things that, sort of, spiraled downward from that point on.”

Tragedy struck the organization again, just seven years later, with the passing of star forward Reggie Lewis.

“At that time [Reggie Lewis] was the best player on the Celtics in that series (1992 against the Cavaliers),” said Michael Holley. “And that was with Bird, that was Bird’s last series, McHale was still there, Parish was still there...I remember Lenny Wilkens just throwing his hands up many times on the off-day press conferences saying, ‘we got no answers for him.’”

Times continued to be tough for Boston in the 90's, but the selection of Paul Pierce with the 10th pick in 1998 offered light at the end of the tunnel for fans.

Anything is Podable is a ten-part series diving into the story of the 2008 Celtics and their championship season, with exclusive, never-before-heard interviews with team executives, former players, and media members.

It’s the perfect way for Celtics fans to pass time this offseason and get excited for 2018-19, a season in which the Celtics have as good a chance at raising their 18th championship banner as they’ve had since that magical 2008 season.

Fans can subscribe to the podcast through the link below and check out the other nine episodes for a look at this exclusive series.

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