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WATCH: Brian Scalabrine swats Stephen Jackson's shot in BIG3 game

WATCH: Brian Scalabrine swats Stephen Jackson's shot in BIG3 game

Former Celtics forward and NBC Sports Boston's own Brian Scalabrine showed he still has a little something left over from his playing days during a BIG3 game Sunday. 

Scalabrine found himself guarding former scoring wing Stephen Jackson, and when Jackson went up for a reverse layup on the right side of the rim, Scalabrine was there to send it back. Since BIG3 basketball is played in the half-court, Scal's team quickly turned the play into two points. 

This shouldn't come all that surprising though. Say what you want about Scal's offensive game when he didn't have his jumper going, but the man was always an underrated post defender. 

Given the state of the Celtics frontcourt going into the 2019-20 season, could they use some of Scal's interior presence on the defensive end? Probably not, but that most likely won't stop him from sharing his highlights with Brad Stevens and the Celtics coaching staff. 

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WATCH: Marcus Smart gets assist on crazy no-look, behind-the-back pass

WATCH: Marcus Smart gets assist on crazy no-look, behind-the-back pass

Marcus Smart provided the highlight of the night in the Celtics' matchup vs. the Mavericks on Monday night.

The scrappy C's guard stole the ball from Dorian Finney-Smith and passed it behind-the-back to Robert Williams for the assist all in one motion. The description doesn't quite do it justice, so just watch the highlight below:

Straight wizardry from the longest-tenured Celtic.

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Here's the timetable on Gordon Hayward's injury after undergoing surgery

Here's the timetable on Gordon Hayward's injury after undergoing surgery

BOSTON -- The good news is that Gordon Hayward’s recent left hand injury won’t hurt the Celtics anywhere close to the ankle injury he suffered a couple years ago. 

But the Celtics will still have to manage to find success without him for a spell, with successful surgery on a fourth metacarpal fracture in his left hand sidelining him for about six weeks. 

Beginning from when the injury occurred - November 9 at Dallas - that would put Hayward’s return back to the floor sometime shortly before Christmas. 

If he returns six weeks from the date of the injury, that would have him back for Boston’s Dec. 22 game against Charlotte. 

Boston has managed to win with key players down at times already this season. 

And while the timing certainly isn’t great when you consider how both Hayward and the Celtics (7-1, best record in the NBA) were playing, Stevens reiterated that this injury is dramatically different than the ankle injury Hayward suffered a couple years ago which sidelined for all but the first five minutes of the 2017-2018 season. 

This injury isn’t that severe, even with the most conservative timelines having him back on the floor at some point this season. 

But the Celtics did get some good news on the health front with Enes Kanter (knee) available to play for the first time since the team’s season-opener at Philadelphia. 

Kanter, who checked into the game late in the first quarter, comes back at a good time for Boston which will look through a multitude of bodies at Dallas’ 7-foot-2 center Kristaps Porzingis who came into tonight’s game averaging 20.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and a career-high 2.6 blocked shots per game while shooting 39.5 percent from 3-point range. 

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