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John Karalis: Al Horford (back) and Jayson Tatum (knee) are out tonight. Marcus Smart is probable with a right ankle sprain. Robert Williams and Nik Stauskas remain out as well
Boston: Jayson Tatum (right patella tendinopathy) has been downgraded to out. Jaylen Brown (right knee tendinopathy) has been downgraded to out. Robert Williams (left knee lateral meniscal tear) has been downgraded to out. Nik Stauskas (G League - on assignment) has been upgraded to available. Brodric Thomas (G League - two-way) has been upgraded to available. Malik Fitts (G League - on assignment) has been upgraded to available.
Keith Smith: Celtics injury report is lengthy for the Minnesota game on Saturday afternoon: Brown, Smart, Thompson, Walker, R. Williams - All OUT Fournier and Tatum - both probable.
"I don't have any update on them," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of Brown and Tatum, saying he knew only that both players were being looked at by the team's doctors after the game. Tatum, however, talked to the media following the contest and said he was feeling OK. "I should be good," said Tatum, who followed his career-high 60-point performance Friday night against the visiting San Antonio Spurs with 33 points in 37 minutes Sunday night, adding that he hoped Brown was all right. "We'll see how I feel tomorrow."
Chris Grenham: Jayson Tatum says his ankle is feeling pretty good. "Don't see why I wouldn't play tomorrow."
Ben Rohrbach: I’m told Jayson Tatum avoided serious injury last night Celtics still unsure about his availability tomorrow, but the fact he is even questionable is a positive sign.
Gary Washburn: Jayson Tatum being held out is just precautionary. Here he is working out during shootaround. #Celtics pic.twitter.com/23lCNI71Ss
Playing significant minutes at power forward in Tatum's place and even playing occasionally at center, Brown's flexibility and intensity have been a needed injection. "I feel like I'm not a position player, I'm a basketball player. 4-3-2, whatever coach needs me to do, I will make the adjustment," Brown said. "Obviously with Jayson out, there's a little more opportunity and maybe it was a little more visible. But every time I take the floor, I want to be aggressive."
Stadium:Good news for the Celtics and USA Basketball, per NBA Insider @ShamsCharania: Jayson Tatum has a strong chance to make his return for Team USA in quarterfinals against France on Wednesday.

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Brian Windhorst: Official update on Jayson Tatum: sprained left ankle, will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Tim Bontemps: Jayson Tatum hurt his left ankle in the final seconds of Team USA's win, after making a really nice play to drop the ball off to Khris Middleton on a break for what wound up being a game-winning play. Hopefully it looked worse than it winds up being.

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Adam Himmelsbach: Stevens says Tatum and Smart trending upward but both still sore. Tatum further along than Smart.
Tim Bontemps: Brad Stevens indicates it is likely Jayson Tatum will play tonight, but says he will be out there in shorter stints than usual.
Tim Bontemps: Celtics say Aron Baynes and Gordon Hayward are both questionable for tonight’s game against the Spurs, while Jayson Tatum is doubtful after taking a hard fall late in last night’s loss in Charlotte and Al Horford remains out to rest his knee.
Steve Bulpett: Jayson Tatum's back injury doesn't appear to be too bad. He's waiting on his exam back in Boston, but when I asked him if he's going to try to play Sunday against San Antonio, he said, "If they let me."
Brian Robb: Rozier and Theis are out due to illness tonight. Tatum (shoulder) and Smart (illness) are expected to play, per Celtics.
According to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, Tatum underwent tests after missing Saturday's practice. He was cleared to practice two days later after the imaging showed no serious damage. "Jayson's X-rays and MRI whatever came back looking good," Stevens said after Monday's practice. "I don't know what officially he was diagnosed as but he went through most of practice today and he'll be at least questionable, probably probable, for tomorrow."
Sean Grande: Unless something happens in warmups. Jayson Tatum will play tonight. Al Horford is out. So, there you go.
Steve Bulpett: Celtics will be listing @Jayson Tatum as questionable for tomorrow night's game v. Charlotte. ... MRI must have revealed no major problem with his ankle.
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Kevin Durant has not spoken with the Nets in weeks?

Not much of Murdock’s take was optimistic if you’re a Nets fan. Indeed, he referred to the franchise’s current situation as “destruction” in the podcast and suggested perhaps more firmly than other pundits that Durant could indeed leave. “The vision is on the verge of crumbling,” he wrote. “It didn’t have to be this way,” he said, summing up. “This team … and it’s ironic. Kevin came to reconcile relationships, build relationships with his BFF’s and it’s not working out. It’s doing the exact opposite. And you juxtapose that with Golden State winning…” “Now, you have reports that Kyrie is looking elsewhere. I made some calls. Kevin Durant has not talked to the team in weeks. I don’t think Kevin is confident in the front office right now. I don’t know if he’s at the stage of leaving but there’s a big uneasiness from not only from the Kyrie side, but the KD side as well.”
At the center of it, Murdock pointed out multiple times is the Nets relationship with Irving. “His biggest beef is that he feels that the front office didn’t grow to understand Kyrie, whatever that means. I would push back on that when a guy leaves for two weeks at a time … Kyrie earns the lion’s share of the blame. But I think KD believes that ‘hey, you guys didn’t understand this guy. You didn’t try to figure out where he was coming from.’”
Still, Durant believes the Nets didn’t support Irving particularly when they decided not to play him at all in October, after he refused to get vaccinated like all but a handful of NBA players, then brought him back in October. “That’s just how he feels. ‘Hey man, I brought this guy in, him and Kyrie, and the front office didn’t do enough to support him at a time when we needed to support him.”
Moreover, Murdock pointed to the Nets decision to dump Adam Harrington, their long-time assistant coach and director of development, as a big negative for KD. Durant and Harrington go back to KD’s time in Oklahoma City when Harrington was his shooting coach. “And here’s another thing, KOC, the Nets got rid of Adam Harrington. who’s very close to Kevin. He’s one of Kevin’s guys. And that had a big ripple effect on how Kevin feels about this right now. He’s still in this figure-it-out mode but there is some fire to that smoke that he’s kind of reevaluating where he stands with this.”
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving won a ring together before, and it may not have been their last … ’cause Matt Barnes tells TMZ Sports the Lakers could be smelling champagne if Kyrie Irving joins L.A. Matt — who played for the Purple and Gold for two seasons — spoke about the recent Irving rumors out at LAX this week … and he told us if Uncle Drew ends up with the Lakers, it could result in the franchise’s 18th championship.

Hawks interested in Deandre Ayton, but wouldn't pay max money

The Hawks could still pursue Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton in free agency. Sources tell The Athletic that the Hawks’ interest in the 23-year-old would be contingent on landing him for less than a max contract. That may not be an option, as the Pistons, who have the cap space for a max contract, are expected to be aggressive in their pursuit of Ayton in free agency.