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Celtics to have nine out, minimum eight players active for game vs. Heat

New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: The Celtics logo is seen on the court during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 26, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Elise/Getty Images)

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Boston’s All-NBA forward Jayson Tatum was already out, having tested positive for the coronavirus.

Now eight teammates are joining him, leaving the Celtics with the minimum of eight available players for their Sunday matchup against the Heat.

This may not be only for the game against Miami: Boston travels to Chicago Tuesday, then returns home to host Orlando Wednesday and Friday.

Boston is without Jayson Tatum (health and safety protocols), Jaylen Brown (health and safety), Kemba Walker (knee), Tristan Thompson (health and safety), Robert Williams (health and safety), Javonte Green (health and safety), Semi Ojeleye (health and safety), Grant Williams (health and safety), and Romeo Langford (wrist).

Boston isn’t the first team to go into a game this season with a minimum number of players. Philadelphia played with eight active players but seven in practice — because Mike Scott was activated off the injury report to get to eight healthy bodies, but he couldn’t play — and lost to Denver. (In this case, Philly didn’t have Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons on any injury report — as the team was trying to get the league to cancel the game — but both were suddenly unable to play due to injury.)