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Kemba Walker (knee) out against Minnesota

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The Celtics will enter the unofficial second half of the season at less than full health.

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The Boston Celtics will dive into their post-All-Star game stretch against the new-look Minnesota Timberwolves, but both sides will be missing key cogs.

For the Celtics, Kemba Walker will be out with left knee soreness, and start getting used to that since now as the Celtics turn their sights toward sustainability as the playoffs approach. If we’ve learned anything about the “Wounded Coyote” Celtics of 2019-20, it’s that they might actually have an outside shot at winning this thing, and there are two major obstacles to them reaching the big stage: health and the Milwaukee Bucks. At the very least, the Celtics want to do something to make sure the former isn’t a major roadblock, so load management will be the wave.

Walker’s knee soreness doesn’t seem to be a serious issue causing concern for the Celtics.

Robert Williams III is inching closer and closer to his first game action since December 6th. Much has been made of the Celtics’ frontcourt rotation (people are blind to Daniel Theis’ contributions, it seems), but Robert Williams completes the three-headed monster that is the team’s center rotation that includes everything you can ask for three players in the same rotation.

Williams brings athleticism, energy and rim protection. Enes Kanter brings post defense and post scoring along with rebounding. Daniel Theis adds stellar defense from everywhere and 3-point shooting. The Celtics owe it to themselves to see where their frontcourt rotation will take them when the team is fully healthy.

This will be Boston’s first look at the Minnesota Timberwolves after their blockbuster trade for D’Angelo Russell, but this will be their 3rd time this season playing against Russell after sweeping the Golden State Warriors in two meetings earlier this season. Unfortunately for the entertainment factor, Karl-Anthony Towns will not be suiting up with a wrist injury.

The Celtics will take on the Timberwolves tomorrow night at 8PM EST.