Boston Celtics

Dec 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Josh Richardson (8) seats with center Enes Freedom (13) after hitting a three point basket during the second half against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics’ list of players in the NBA’s health & safety protocol continues to grow as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 surges through American sports.

Center Enes Freedom became the eighth Celtic to land on COVID reserve, as reported by Shams Charania on Thursday. He joins Al Horford, Josh Richardson, Grant Williams, and four others in the protocol as of Thursday.

Freedom played 11:39 off the bench for the Celtics in Wednesday night’s 111-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has averaged 13 minutes per game along with 4.7 points and 5.6 rebounds.

The Celtics are an even 6-6 since the veteran center changed his name. He had a predictably witty reaction to the news on Twitter:

As of this writing, the Celtics are still scheduled to face the Milwaukee Bucks on the road on Christmas Day.

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