Celtics expect to play Friday after COVID hiatus

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The Boston Celtics expect their unplanned weeklong hiatus because of coronavirus-related issues to end Friday, when they’re scheduled to play host to the Orlando Magic.

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, in a radio interview Thursday, said, “It looks like we’re moving in the right direction.” Boston had three games that would have been played between Sunday and Wednesday postponed because some players were positive and others were ruled out because contact tracing showed that they could have been exposed to the virus.

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Leaguewide, nine games since Sunday have been postponed, and the NBA was reviewing whether another game – Sunday’s contest in Washington — would have to be pushed back. The Suns and Wizards were both scheduled to play Friday; those games were postponed because contact tracing showed neither club would meet the NBA requirement of having eight available players. Additionally, the NBA decided Thursday afternoon to postpone the Suns home date against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.

“I think that our players are all doing well,” Ainge said in an appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “We have some that are in contact

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