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Amidst COVID-19 surge, shorthanded Celtics late fight comes up short against Warriors

Prior to Friday evening’s sport against Golden State, the Celtics misplaced 5 gamers after they have been positioned into the league’s Health and Safety Protocols.

Boston was additionally lacking Dennis Schroder to a non-Covid associated sickness. 

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In the 24 hours main up to the sport, 5 gamers — forwards Jabari Parker, Juancho Hernangomez, Grant Williams and Sam Hauser, and middle Al Horford — all went into the protocols, leaving head coach Ime Udoka with a severely depleted roster to face the red-hot Warriors. 

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“I would not say it is irritating. It’s one thing everyone is enjoying by means of,”  Udoka said prior to the game. “You’ve seen Chicago and Brooklyn and different groups hit with it.

“It’s one thing we have been making an attempt to keep away from, however it appears inevitable at instances for everyone. You must tinker with the lineups at instances, however we’ve different guys who’re in a position, and we’ll improve these minutes. Nothing else you are able to do. We have 11 wholesome our bodies.”

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Udoka needed to experience his starters for lengthy intervals — all however Romeo Langford, who left the sport with a neck harm, performed 33 minutes or extra, led by Jayson Tatum’s team-high 42 minutes. Tatum poured in a team-high 27 factors, together with eight rebounds and 6 assists. 

Despite being short-handed, Boston managed to fight its approach again from 20 factors down late within the second quarter to take an 84-82 lead firstly of the fourth. 

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Golden State went on to drag away, by the way led by Andre Iguodala and Damion Lee, for the 111-107 win. The Celtics may have gained the sport if not for eight missed free throws within the second half. 

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Postgame, Udoka stated of Boston’s comeback try whereas lacking six gamers: “Loved the fight and energy total.”  

Coach Udoka: “Loved the fight and energy total. Shorthanded or not, we’ve obtained succesful guys on the market and we felt we defended on the correct degree within the second half.”

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 18, 2021

Boston drops to 14-15 on the season, with video games against the Knicks, the 76ers, and the Cavaliers to shut out their residence stand earlier than Christmas. 

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