Boston Celtics

Mar 31, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Evan Fournier (94) reacts with guard Marcus Smart (36) after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Just when it looked like the Celtics were about to get back to full strength, another player has found himself in the NBA’s health & safety protocol.

And it’s a new face: guard Evan Fournier, acquired from the Orlando Magic at the trade deadline for two second-round picks, has been ruled out for Tuesday night’s tilt against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden due to entering the health & safety protocol. The team recently got forward Romeo Langford back for the first time in the 2020-21 season.

Big man Tristan Thompson has also been ruled out for Tuesday, but he’s out of the health & safety protocol. He’s now in the “conditioning” phase of returning to the court.

After Fournier shot a shockingly poor 0-for-10 in his Celtics debut, he rebounded nicely before entering the protocol. He’s shot 57.1 percent from the field and averaged 11.3 points in 27.4 minutes over his last three games, providing some much-needed bench scoring for the C’s.

Now we’ll have to wonder how long it will be until the C’s get Fournier back.

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