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Celtics stymied by lack of true center

With 8:53 left in the fourth quarter Friday, Miles Plumlee left the Suns’ game against the Celtics after being poked in the eye by Kelly Olynyk. The 6-foot-11-inch Plumlee was replaced by 7-1 rookie Alex Len, who picked up 6 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 blocked shot in finishing out the Suns’ 87-80 win.

The Celtics didn’t have anyone to compete with Len, who altered shots, picked up a key putback basket and free throw, and provided a large disruption to the Boston pick-and-roll offense. Having a rim-protecting big man is something the Celtics have lacked for years.

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