Irving, Hayward, Horford given night off vs. Sixers


BOSTON – Three games, three new lineups.

The Boston Celtics will start tonight’s game with Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Aron Baynes at center.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens decided to give the team’s Big Three – Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward and Al Horford – the night off to rest, as well as Marcus Morris who joined the team near the end of last week after being acquitted of assault charges related to an incident that happened in January of 2015.

Most of the players starting for the Celtics will be part of their second unit, a group that will be vital to Boston having the kind of success this season they are banking on.

“I feel really good about where we are considering we are 13 days in,” Stevens said. “I don’t think by any means are we a finished product. We can get better.”

The Celtics close out their preseason schedule on Wednesday at Charlotte. Stevens said he will play everyone who is available to play.


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