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The Boston Celtics suspended guard Marcus Tidy for Friday’s preseason finale in Miami against the Warmth because he missed the crew’s flight to Florida earlier this week, a source suggested ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“We’re going to defend that in-condo,” Tidy mentioned Thursday afternoon after observe in Miami. “It be over and accomplished with. We’re excited for the sport at MSG, though.”
The Celtics, already with out Jaylen Brown and Al Horford after they tested decided for COVID-19, also sat Tidy, Jayson Tatum, Dennis Schroder and Josh Richardson for Wednesday’s 103-102 loss in Orlando to the Magic. The idea had been for the Celtics to play their unique gamers shut to unique minutes Friday sooner than they initiate the unique season Wednesday at Madison Sq. Garden against ancient teammate Kemba Walker and the Fresh York Knicks.
“It be interior,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka mentioned. “Now we beget handled it. He’s remorseful, and we opt Marcus to a high identical outdated. Now we beget made it obvious from Day 1, so he’ll obviously be out tomorrow to come evening. He’s with us here on the jog. Factual check ahead to provocative on from this increasing and obviously abiding by the crew principles and suggestions.
“Marcus is one of our leaders that we ask lots from. He understands that. He’s remorseful, and we’ll switch on from there.”
Tidy, who signed a four-365 days, $77 million extension to stay with the Celtics — the ideal crew he’s played for since being drafted sixth total in 2014 — after environment career-high averages in ingredients (13.1), assists (5.7) and minutes (32.9) final season. He enters this season as Boston’s starting point guard after the Celtics traded Walker within the offseason.
But with Tidy and backup Payton Pritchard, who injured his nostril in Wednesday’s sport, out Friday, along with Brown and Horford, Udoka might presumably perchance also not catch anything else shut to a locate at his elephantine roster.
“We might presumably perchance also not catch to appear decided lineups that we obviously desired to appear, but we now beget to switch along,” Udoka mentioned. “Now we beget accomplished that with Al and Jaylen out as successfully. So we factual had a pleasant observe, added some unique things for tomorrow to come and the week going ahead, and we’ll defend it provocative. Guys will beget the opportunity, after which Marcus and others will fetch after they reach support within the following week or so.”
The Celtics are optimistic Brown will be out of the NBA’s health and security protocols in time to play against the Knicks. Horford’s timeline, nevertheless, is lots tighter.