Celtics' third straight game off due to COVID

2:04 PM ET

Tim BontempsESPN

BOSTON — The NBA announced Tuesday afternoon that Wednesday night’s game between the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic at TD Garden has been postponed because the Celtics can’t field the minimum eight players due to players entering the league’s health and safety protocols.

Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the status of Friday’s game between the same two teams here was still unclear.

The announcement marks the third straight game the Celtics have had postponed, following Sunday’s game here between the Celtics and Miami Heat and Tuesday night’s game in Chicago against the Bulls. Sunday’s game was postponed because the Heat were unable to field eight players, while the past two were because Boston dipped below that threshold.

Five NBA games have been postponed so far this season — the three involving the Celtics, the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks that had been scheduled to be played Monday night, and the game between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 23.

Last Friday, Boston announced that three players — Robert Williams, Grant Williams and Tristan Thompson — would all be sitting out of that night’s

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