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Boston has several players on the injury report for various reasons

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It’s never a good sign when Brad Stevens is asked for an update on the Boston Celtics injury report and starts with a long sigh followed by “Oh man...”

Stevens ran through a list of players, four of five starters and a key reserve, that have various ailments they are dealing with.

Jaylen Brown was injured at some point during Monday’s game against the Chicago Bulls. In the second half, Brown could be seen stretching and rolling his left arm/shoulder repeatedly. Stevens said Brown did not practice on Wednesday and is doubtful for Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Suns due to left shoulder bursitis.

Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart both missed Monday’s game due to a non-COVID illness. Stevens said Walker stayed home and away from the facility, as he’s still sick. Steven’s called Walker’s status for the Suns game “unsure”. For what’s is worth, the team’s official injury report lists Walker as probable.

Smart was at practice and should be available for the Phoenix game.

Robert Williams has missed the last three games due to left knee soreness. Stevens said Williams tried to go through some of practice, but that he’ll remain out on Thursday.

Evan Fournier has cleared quarantine and rejoined the team, but remains out. Stevens said Fournier remains in the health and safety protocols. It’s likely this absence is either due to some form of post-COVID testing or reconditioning.

Lastly, Jayson Tatum was on the official injury report as questionable due to a left ankle impingement. This is a downgrade from Tatum’s status with the same injury before the Bulls game, when the star forward was listed as probable.

Boston will provide an update on each player’s status prior to Thursday’s game vs Phoenix. That game is the first half of a back-to-back against two of the top teams in the NBA. Boston will travel to Brooklyn for a Friday night game against the Nets. Then the Celtics are off to Charlotte for a Sunday afternoon game vs the Hornets.