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Report: Anthony Davis still doesn't see Boston as "a long term destination"

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Report: Anthony Davis still doesn't see Boston as "a long term destination"

Anthony Davis has been all over the map when it comes to talking about his future plans.

After declaring that all of the other 29 teams in the NBA are on his "list" of destinations—despite the fact it is widely believed Davis is merely eyeing a rendezvous on the Lakers with LeBron James, a report suggests that despite the fanfare, the Celtics are simply not regarded as a destination by Davis.

According to Shams Charania of Stadium:

“There are a couple other teams right now undisclosed that he would also consider,” Charania said. “The Celtics, I’m told, are still not a long-term destination for him of preference in his mind. Where the Celtics stand has not changed despite what Anthony Davis said over the weekend. Sources told me the Celtics are not in it as far as the long-term play, but listen, it’s going to depend exactly on where the Pelicans want to trade him.”

Davis' approach is political as much as anything else. It makes sense that Davis does not want to turn off or anger the team the New Orleans Pelicans will trade him to, while the superstar power forward/center still would have time remaining on his contract regardless of where he ends up.

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'Healthy Celtics' have been a depressingly rare sight this season

'Healthy Celtics' have been a depressingly rare sight this season

The good news: Monday night was proof that the 2019-20 Boston Celtics can be really, really good when fully healthy.

The bad news: The 2019-20 Celtics are rarely fully healthy.

Monday's 139-107 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers was just the 16th time this season the Celtics' "Big Four" of Kemba Walker, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have shared the court together.

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That number will stay at 16 on Wednesday night -- Brown has been ruled out against the Memphis Grizzlies due to an ankle sprain -- meaning the Celtics will have had their "Big Four" active for just 37 percent of their games (16 of 43).

Add in the time Marcus Smart has missed (nine games in December due to an eye infection) and that number drops to 11 games (25 percent) in which the C's have had their five most important players.

"It’s all part of it," head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday about playing undermanned. "A lot of people are going through it. You deal with it as well as you can. It’s a great opportunity.

"The last game we basically played eight guys in the rotation, but I trust everybody else that didn’t get in. Great opportunity for those guys."

Monday's near-perfect game aside -- Tatum, Walker, Brown and Hayward combined for 83 points -- the Celtics actually have played better shorthanded: They're 10-6 when Walker, Hayward, Tatum and Brown all play and 18-8 when at least of those players is sidelined.

That's a testament to Smart, who scored 15 points or more in eight of the 12 games Hayward missed earlier this season, and Boston's bench, which has been inconsistent but received timely contributions from the likes of Enes Kanter, Brad Wanamaker and Grant Williams.

"As professionals, we have to be able to adjust," Smart said Wednesday. "Jaylen’s out, that doesn’t mean we have to ... not play the way we’ve been playing. Especially after the Lakers game, we have to continue to strive for that type of game every night, regardless of who’s on the court."

Wednesday presents another test for the "Hospital Celtics," who dropped two games without Brown last week and face a Grizzlies team that's won seven of its last eight games.

Fortunately (or unfortunately), Boston has plenty of experience playing with a short bench.

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Celtics vs. Grizzlies live stream: Watch NBA game online.

Celtics vs. Grizzlies live stream: Watch NBA game online.

The Boston Celtics will get a great look at two of the NBA's most talented rookies this week.

Before taking on 2019 No. 1 draft pick Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, the Celtics will host the Memphis Grizzlies at TD Garden on Wednesday night.

The Grizzlies enter Wednesday in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They have won eight of their last 10 games, and much of their success can be attributed to rookie point guard Ja Morant. The No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft is averaging a team-leading 17.9 points and seven assists per game, and he's provided plenty of exciting moments with his athleticism -- just ask former Celtics center Aron Baynes. The Grizzlies are more than just Morant, though. Jaren Jackson Jr., who was selected No. 4 overall in the 2018 draft, is enjoying a fine sophomore season with averages of 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest. 

The Celtics are coming off a huge 32-point win over the rival Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night, and Boston's next challenge is to build on that momentum and play more consistent. The C's have won just four of their last 10 games.

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