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Marcus Morris to miss today's game against Pistons

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Marcus Morris to miss today's game against Pistons

The Boston Celtics are looking to avenge an earlier loss to the Detroit Pistons, but they’ll have to do it without a player who knows the Pistons as well as anyone.

Marcus Morris, who spent the past two seasons in Detroit, will miss today’s game against the Pistons in addition to Monday night’s matchup at Chicago.

Morris, who missed the first eight games of the season due to left knee soreness, has been in and out of Boston’s lineup due to the injury.

Since sitting out those first eight games, today’s game against the Pistons and Monday night’s game at Chicago, will result in the 6-foot-9 forward missing three games in a four-game stretch.

Having appeared in 16 games this season for the Celtics, Morris has averaged 12.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from 3-point range.

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No Hayward for Celtics tonight in Atlanta

No Hayward for Celtics tonight in Atlanta

Gordon Hayward is not with the Celtics in Atlanta, where they'll face the Hawks tonight.

The team said his absence is for personal reasons. Hayward's wife, Robyn, is expecting their third child any day now. That is the most likely reason for his absence from the one-game trip. 

Hayward had eight points, three rebounds and four assists in the 122-116 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. He's averaging 11 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists this season.

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Report: Celtics mentioned as destination for Bradley Beal

Report: Celtics mentioned as destination for Bradley Beal

The Celtics' first-half struggles, not to mention the recent drama surrounding Kyrie Irving and his teammates, have some wondering if a change of scenery for some players might be in the offing to jump-start a second-half push up the Eastern Conference standings.

With the Feb. 7 trade deadline nearing, Boston was mentioned in a Bleacher Report story as a possible destination for a player who could perhaps be the NBA's most coveted at the deadline, the Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal.

Beal, 25, has averaged 29.8 points on 45.7 shooting over his past 10 games since Washington lost his backcourt mate, John Wall, to season-ending surgery. Ken Berger's story reports that a "conga line of contenders have kicked the tires on Beal, by far the Wizards' most valuable - and most tradeable - asset."

Of the Celtics, Berger writes:

With the Celtics struggling to find an identity—and defined roles for their plethora of wing players—there could be a path to a deal. Jaylen Brown, the expiring contract of Marcus Morris or Aron Baynes (2019-20 player option) and a first-round pick would have the makings of a compelling offer, according to one executive. The C’s could win the East with a core of Kyrie Irving, Beal, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford. Whether the Wizards would want to help Boston is another story.

Beal has two years and $56 million remaining on his contract. 

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