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NCAA tournament predictions: Celtics' Jayson Tatum reveals his bracket

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NCAA tournament predictions: Celtics' Jayson Tatum reveals his bracket

The 2019 NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday night when two of the first-four games take place, so time is running out to submit your bracket.

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum revealed his bracket on his Instagram story Tuesday, and his prediction for the champion will come as no surprise.

Check out his bracket in the photo below.

Tatum, of course, played for Duke before the C's selected him No. 3 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. His Duke squad was upset by South Carolina in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, resulting in a painful ending to an impressive freshman season.

Perhaps the most interesting part of Tatum's bracket is his national championship game matchup: Duke vs. North Carolina. The Tar Heels-Blue Devils rivalry is the best in college basketball, but these teams have never played against each other in March Madness. It would be fitting, and also really cool, if the first meeting came with a title at stake.

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Gordon Hayward injury: Celtics star out vs. 76ers due to concussion protocol

Gordon Hayward injury: Celtics star out vs. 76ers due to concussion protocol

The Boston Celtics will be a little shorthanded Wednesday night when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Veteran forward Gordon Hayward will miss a second consecutive game because of a concussion, the C's announced Tuesday.

Hayward suffered a blow to the head when he made contact with Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins during Saturday's game at TD Garden. He entered the NBA's concussion protocol as a result. The Celtics lost to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night in Hayward's absence. 

Boston's upcoming matchup with Philly is the fourth and final meeting of the season series. The Celtics already have won the series by winning the first three games, and the last victory was last month in Philadelphia without Kyrie Irving.

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Terry Rozier takes shot at "lame" Joel Embiid before Celtics-Sixers

Terry Rozier takes shot at "lame" Joel Embiid before Celtics-Sixers

Terry Rozier has the Philadelphia 76ers in his crosshairs -- with Joel Embiid as his primary target.

The Boston Celtics guard already stirred the pot ahead of Wednesday's Celtics-76ers game in Philly by shushing a Sixers fan Monday night on Twitter. On Tuesday night, he'll apparently turn his attention to Embiid.

Here's a 30-second preview clip from Rozier's appearance on FS1's "FAIR GAME with Kristine Leahy," a 30-minute, single-guest interview show that airs Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Leahy asks Rozier the first word that comes to mind for Embiid. Rozier's response:

"Lame."

Care to elaborate, Terry?

"He just do a lot of talking," Rozier says. "I respect his on-court game; he just do a lot of talking."

There's an on-court history here: Rozier and Embiid got into a shoving match during Game 4 of last year's second-round NBA playoff matchup, prompting this postgame jab from Embiid about Rozier's height:

"He tried to punch me twice, but too bad he's so short that he couldn't get to my face."

Judging by this brief clip, Rozier hasn't forgotten that altercation or the Sixers star's comments.

The stakes already are high for Wednesday's game as Boston and Philly jockey for playoff position, but don't be surprised if things get extra chippy between the Atlantic Division rivals.

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