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When the Celtics take the floor Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz, they’ll do so without their starting center. Tristan Thompson is unavailable for the game and has been placed in the league’s COVID health and safety protocol, per the team.

Thompson becomes the second Celtics player currently in the protocol – Romeo Langford remains out with that designation as well. Players can be added to the list if they believe they’ve been exposed to the virus – a positive test is not required. The Celtics already had a string of games impacted by COVID earlier this year, with Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams testing positive and a number of other players ruled ineligible due to close contact.

This will be just the third game of the season Thompson has missed – he’s started 31 of the Celtics’ 38 contests. So far, he’s averaging eight points and eight rebounds a game in his first year in Boston. Without him in the lineup, fans should expect to see more of Robert Williams and Grant Williams tonight.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Celtics could look to move Thompson at the upcoming NBA trade deadline on March 25.

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