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Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker join Daniel Theis as out against Orlando Magic

Smart and Walker are on the mend, but Theis may miss a few games

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The Boston Celtics will again be shorthanded, as they’ll be down three rotation players against the Orlando Magic, as Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker will join Daniel Theis on the sidelines.

Smart is dealing with a right quad contusion, Walker is managing some left knee soreness. Neither injury is expect to be a long-term thing, as Brad Stevens said both players are feeling better.

Theis rolled his right ankle against the Hawks on Monday and had been previously ruled out for tonight’s game. Stevens indicated today that Theis could miss a few games.

Stevens also gave an update on Robert Williams, who has been out since December 6th due to left hip bone edema. Stevens said Williams is ramping up his basketball activity and should return to live practice following the All-Star break.

Both Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter are available to play tonight after being listed as probable on the injury report.

Boston won in Orlando a couple of weeks ago, despite being similarly shorthanded. Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Enes Kanter all missed that game. The Celtics turned it on in the second half to win by a comfortable 11-point margin.

Tonight’s game in Boston will be on national TV on ESPN with a 7:30 PM EST start time.

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