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Larkin back in Celtics lineup vs Bulls

Larkin back in Celtics lineup vs Bulls

BOSTON – In-between coughs, Shane Larkin said he was feeling good enough to play in tonight’s game against the Chicago Bulls. 

“Still got a little cough,” Larkin, in-between more coughs, told NBC Sports Boston. “It was pretty rough for a minute. I was in the hospital, they took good care of me.”

And Larkin takes great care of the basketball which will be important in Boston’s quest to finish the regular season playing well which begins with tonight’s game against the Bulls. 

Larkin has appeared in 50 games while averaging 13.7 minutes per game, but has only had four games all season in which he had more than one turnover. 

Larkin, who spent a couple days in the hospital with flu-like symptoms, will likely play limited minutes tonight after having missed the Celtics’ last couple of games because he was too sick to play. 

With the Celtics looking to rest players – Al Horford and Jayson Tatum are both sitting out tonight’s game to rest – it affords players like Larkin a chance to play extended minutes. 

And while Larkin isn’t feeling as well as he would want to right now, he’s not making any excuses. 

He understands that tonight will be an opportunity for him to play and potentially help the Celtics snap a two-game losing skid. 

It’s all about being that next man up which has been the mantra of this Celtics team all season. 

“We’ve gone through it all year,” Larkin said. “So you had to be very open to adversity. That’s changed what we wanted to do sometimes. But it’s just another opportunity for guys to make the most of their chance to play. That’s how it’s been all year, so why stop now?”

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Celtics' Kemba Walker has extremely relatable take on driving in Boston

Celtics' Kemba Walker has extremely relatable take on driving in Boston

Kemba Walker is still adjusting to life as a Boston Celtic, maybe more so off the court than on it.

During the Celtics' annual Shamrock Foundation Tip-Off Gala on Thursday, Walker was asked about driving in Boston. He responded with possibly the most relatable quote of all time to all of us regular folk who have trouble driving in the city.

Don't worry, Kemba. You're not alone.

Despite putting up with the troubles up commuting in and out of Boston, Walker has been all smiles since coming to his new city over the summer. The Celtics hope the positive vibes that have surrounded the team since Walker came to town will last throughout the 2019-20 season, which begins Oct. 23 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Kemba Walker reveals his real height at Celtics Shamrock Gala

Kemba Walker reveals his real height at Celtics Shamrock Gala

Kemba Walker had been listed at 6-1 his entire NBA career, but on Thursday night he revealed what his real height is at the Celtics' Shamrock Gala. 

“My real height came out a few weeks ago and I’m 5-11,” Walker said at the event. 

The NBA set forth an initiative to get every player's actual height recorded so there wasn't any type of false information floating around. The only questionable part of it all is that every player's new measured height is without shoes, and NBA games are played with shoes if you haven't noticed. 

Either way, this confirms what many have already believed about Walker's height. As great a scorer and competitor he is, his lack of size poses questions regarding his ability to be the go-to option on offense in the biggest moments. Isaiah Thomas was terrific in every way offensively, but there was only so much he could do when a defense honed in on him during the playoffs. 

Two-way wings are typically the players that lead teams to championships, so if Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward or Jaylen Brown can turn into the No. 1 option for the Celtics, Walker poses as the perfect running mate to give defenses fits. Until then, Boston will have to lean on him as they did with Thomas, but it's clear this time has far more upside than the Thomas-led Celtics ever did. 

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