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Kyrie Irving (right quad contusion) out for Celtics tonight vs. Knicks

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Kyrie Irving (right quad contusion) out for Celtics tonight vs. Knicks

BOSTON – The Celtics will be more short-handed than usual tonight against the New York Knicks, with the most notable player absent being Kyrie Irving.

Team officials have ruled Irving out for tonight with a right quad contusion injury that came in the victory over the Denver Nuggets on their recently completed West Coast trip. Irving was injured when hit by the Nuggets' Jamal Murray but stayed in the game.

In addition to Irving, the Celtics will also be without Marcus Smart (right hand laceration) after he punched a picture frame last week just hours before Boston tipped off against the Los Angeles Clippers. Shane Larkin (sore right knee) is questionable and Guerschon Yabusele (left ankle sprain) is probable to be available tonight.

Gordon Hayward likely to return, R.J. Hunter sent back to G League

Gordon Hayward likely to return, R.J. Hunter sent back to G League

Gordon Hayward suffered a twisted ankle during the All-Star break. There was never a lot of concern surrounding the injury, and It looks like the Boston Celtics star will only miss one game.

On Saturday, two-way player R.J. Hunter was sent back down to the G League after being on the roster for the one game Hayward missed. And as Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports pointed out, this move should open the door for Hayward's return.

Hayward himself has said that he expects to play against the Chicago Bulls.

Prior to the All-Star break, Hayward was averaging 17 points per game over his past five outings. He was on a hot streak and seemed to be regaining his form after missing almost all of last season with an ankle and leg injury. His return will provide a spark to the Celtics' bench that struggled against Milwaukee (just 21 total points).

As for Hunter, the former Celtics first-round pick in 2015 is in his second stint with the team. Hunter has averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 12 games with the Maine Red Claws this season.

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Marcus Morris comments on brother, Markieff, signing with Thunder

Marcus Morris comments on brother, Markieff, signing with Thunder

Marcus Morris once called on the Boston Celtics to sign his twin brother, Markieff Morris. Marcus tweeted about his brother after Markieff was bought out by the New Orleans Pelicans. But, as expected, the team didn't pursue the second Morris twin.

Instead, Markieff ended up on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Marcus thinks his brother will be a good fit with Thunder and offered this analysis of his brother's decision. 

Marcus is right that Markieff will certainly have a chance to improve the Thunder rotation. If he can come back healthy after dealing with a neck injury for most of the season, the sky is the limit for the three-point ace.

It's also unsurprising that Markieff didn't come to the Celtics. The team simply has too many talented players and already has had trouble allowing everyone to play as it is. The team is better served to roll with what they have to avoid creating more chemistry issues, especially given the fact that chemistry and changing roles in the rotation have been problems for the team this season.

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