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Nets' Williams (ribs, oblique) out vs. Celtics

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Nets' Williams (ribs, oblique) out vs. Celtics

BOSTON Nets guard Deron Williams (ribs, oblique) won't play tonight against Boston -- a major blow to New Jersey, a team that's struggling enough as it is.

Even worse for Williams is the fact that it will prevent him from matching up against Boston's Rajon Rondo. As much as players talk up the fact that they don't go into any game looking at an individual matchup, that's not the case when elite players such as Williams and Rondo face one another.

"He's one of the best point guards in the game," Williams told CSNNE.com. "He's probably the best defender; on-the-ball defender."

Rondo's offense isn't too shabby, either.

"He's not the best shooter, but is very effective," Williams said. "Knows how to score, he knows how play off the ball when (Ray) or Paul (Pierce) are isolated, he's always cutting back-door, always making himself a threat."

For Williams, he'll see all those qualities first-hand, though unable to do anything about it.

"It's hard having to watch and not play," Williams said. "I'm a competitor; he's a competitor. Of course I want to be out there, especially against one of the best. And Rondo is definitely one of the best."

The Nets are also expected to be without forward Kris Humphries, who is nursing a left shoulder injury.

Report: Warriors concerned about chemistry after Durant-Draymond dust-up

Report: Warriors concerned about chemistry after Durant-Draymond dust-up

Kevin Durant's recent comments notwithstanding, the Golden State Warriors reportedly were very concerned about his recent confrontation with Draymond Green.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and president of basketball operations Bob Myers believed "the entire chemistry of the team was at stake" in the aftermath of Durant's on-court dust-up with Green, The Athletic's Tim Kawakami reported Tuesday, citing league sources.

According to Kawakami, Golden State's decision to quickly suspend Green for his actions was made to protect Durant and "make sure the whole situation didn’t devolve into a series of personal grievances and lingering resentments."

Durant insisted any beef with Green -- who reportedly told him point-blank to leave the team in free agency next summer -- won't impact what he does this offseason. Based on Kawakami's report, though, Warriors decision-makers are very concerned with how the Durant-Green dynamic will affect the club going forward.

It doesn't help that Golden State has lost three straight to slip to third in the Western Conference, although it's still the odds-on NBA title favorite once Stephen Curry (and eventually DeMarcus Cousins) get healthy. But what fireworks await in the offseason -- Durant to the Boston Celtics, who says no? -- are anyone's guess.

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How to watch or stream the Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks game

How to watch or stream the Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks game

The Celtics look to snap their two-game losing streak when they host the Knicks at TD Gardenat 7:30 p.m.

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BEFORE THE GAME: At 7 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Kyle Draper, Brian Scalabrine, Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn,A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Forsberg and Abby Chin.Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the livestream

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AFTER THE GAME: As soon as the game ends, tune to Celtics Postgame Live presented by New England Fordfor analysis, commentary and player reaction. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the livestream.

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IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE

Part of what’s been so frustrating for the Celtics, writes Chris Forsberg, is that there's not one single player or one single issue to pin their struggles on. There are common trends: Lack of overall consistency, poor shooting, struggles versus elite scorers. Combine that with individual struggles for younger players, as well as Gordon Hayward’s rehab from a catastrophic injury, and it’s not hard to see why the team has endured more troubles than anyone could have expected. The hard part? Honing in on a solution.

HOW BAD HAVE HAYWARD'S PROBLEMS BEEN?

Well . . . they're not pretty. NBC Sports' NBA Insider, Tom Haberstroh, lets us know just how bad

AND YET . . .

Recent history tells us there's not much reason for real concern about the Celtics' slow start.

THAT'S NOT WHAT THE TRUTH THINKS

Paul Pierce calls the Celtics 'the biggest disappointment' in the NBA so far this  season.

TWEET? WHAT TWEET?

Terry Rozier's cryptic Tweet on Tuesday had Celtics Nation in a frenzy. But not Brad Stevens.

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