• Back issue sidelines Heat's Butler; Celtics without Brown, Smart, Horford for matchup

    1 day ago - By Bésame

    The reality of NBA back-to-back hit home again Tuesday, with the Boston Celtics without three starters for their nationally televised game against the Miami Heat at Miami-Dade Arena.
    The reality of NBA life in 2022-23, when any appearance is not a given, then hit home hours later for the Heat.
    Already without starting guard Marcus Smart, who sprained his right ankle in Saturday night's victory over the Toronto Raptors, the Celtics announced midday Tuesday that they also would be without starting wing Jaylen Brown and starting big man Al Horford.
    Then, just over an hour before Tuesday...
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