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Third Celtics game postponed as NBA calls off Boston-Orlando over COVID-19 roster issues

Robert Williams was the first Celtic to test positive during the 2020-21 NBA season.
Robert Williams was the first Celtic to test positive during the 2020-21 NBA season.Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

The Celtics’ game against the Magic at TD Garden on Wednesday has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols, the third consecutive game Boston has had pushed back.

The Celtics do not have eight eligible players available to play. On Sunday, the scheduled matchup against the Heat was postponed because COVID-19 contact tracing kept the Heat from having eight eligible players, and then the Celtics’ COVID-19 issues led to Tuesday’s game against the Bulls being postponed, too.

The Celtics and Magic were scheduled to have a two-game series in Boston. The status of Friday’s game remains unclear.

Robert Williams and Jayson Tatum both tested positive for COVID-19 over the past week, and Jaylen Brown, Semi Ojeleye, Grant Williams, Tristan Thompson and Javonte Green are all being held out due to contact tracing. Also, Kemba Walker and Romeo Langford remain sidelined with injuries.

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That would have left the Celtics with the league minimum of just eight available players: Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis, Payton Pritchard, Tremont Waters, Aaron Nesmith, Jeff Teague, Tacko Fall, and Carsen Edwards. At least one more player has been ruled out, but the Celtics have not released a full injury report in several days.


Adam Himmelsbach can be reached at adam.himmelsbach@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @adamhimmelsbach.