Kemba Walker returns, but Knicks blow out Celtics 105-75 — The China Post, Taiwan

BOSTON (AP) — Julius Randle scored 20 points with 12 rebounds and RJ Barrett had 19 and 11 on Sunday to help the New York Knicks snap a five-game losing streak and beat the Boston Celtics 105-75.Jaylen Brown scored 25 for Boston, which had the best record in the Eastern Conference after winning five in a row but suffered its biggest blowout and lowest-scoring output of the season.“I don’t believe that’s who this team is,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “We had a clunker. You try to have as few of those as you can. … We just looked like we were in mud today.”All-Star Kemba Walker made his season debut after missing the first 11 games with a left knee injury but left in the third quarter with a rib injury. Fellow Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum missed his second straight game with COVID-19.The Knicks led by as many as 11 in the first quarter and made it 15 in the second before scoring the first 10 points in the third quarter to open a 58-35 lead. The Celtics never got closer than 18 after that.“They’ve played extremely well short-handed, and dealing with a lot of tough stuff with guys being out,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Sometimes when you get guys back, there’s another adjustment you have to go through. … Getting Kemba back, there was an adjustment for them.”KEMBA BACK OUTWalker went to the locker room after taking a shot to the ribs while getting boxed out by Nerlens Noel in the third quarter. Walker said he simply got the wind knocked out of him. He did not return, but he already had played 20 minutes, which was his limit.Walker scored nine points on 3-of-13 shooting, adding three rebounds, four assists and three steals but committing five turnovers. He was 1 for 8 from 3-point range.“It felt really good to be out there. Really good. I almost forgot how it felt,” Walker said. “Free, which I haven’t been for a very, very, very long time. It feels weird not having pain, if that makes sense.”BENCH STRENGTHThe Knicks had a 38-25 edge in bench scoring, led by Immanuel Quickley’s 17 points and eight assists.“It’s just his craftiness,” Thibodeau said. “He’s got every shot you can imagine.”Reigning NCAA player of the year and No. 8 overall draft pick Obi Toppin added 12 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes — his most extensive action since injuring his left calf in the opener. He missed 10 consecutive games before returning on Wednesday.“He was terrific in training camp,” Thibodeau said. “To get an injury like he had, it’s not an easy thing to deal with — particularly for a guy going through the league for the first time.”TIP-INSKnicks: Thibodeau, who was an assistant on the Celtics team that won the 2008 NBA title, celebrated his 63rd birthday. … Mitchell Robinson, who entered the game with a right heel bruise, left in the first quarter when he landed badly after being undercut by Jeff Teague. Robinson needed help getting up and limped off the court, but he returned in the second quarter.Celtics: The 35 points was the Celtics’ lowest-scoring half of the season. Boston’s previous lowest scoring game was 93 points against Detroit on New Year’s Day. The biggest blowout was a 28-point loss to the Nets on Christmas. … Tatum has not played since Jan. 8. He has missed two games and three others were postponed because one or both teams didn’t have enough healthy players. … Marcus Smart was 4 for 15 from the field, missing all seven 3-point attempts.UP NEXTKnicks: Return home to face the Magic on Monday before a four-game West Coast swing.Celtics: At 76ers on Wednesday for the first of two successive games in Philadelphia.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Kemba Walker returns, but Knicks blow out Celtics 105-75 — The China Post, Taiwan

Kemba Walker makes season debut, starts for Celtics Sunday vs. Knicks — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

He had been on a strengthening and recovery program for a troublesome knee issue.

Kemba Walker makes season debut, starts for Celtics Sunday vs. Knicks — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Celtics Notebook: Jaylen Brown’s growth expands to playmaking — Boston Herald

The conditions were set Friday for another breakout scoring night for Jaylen Brown – no Jayson Tatum, clearly minor scoring options beyond himself, and an Orlando team not really up to the task of defending. Instead, the Celtics guard spread the wealth with his 21-point performance, including a career high-tying eight assists in just 25…

Celtics Notebook: Jaylen Brown’s growth expands to playmaking — Boston Herald

Celtics Injury Report: Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis Available Vs. Magic — NESN.com

Sign In The Boston Celtics are playing for the first time in a week, finally getting a game in as scheduled Friday night against the Orlando Magic. And it looks like their lineup won’t be completely decimated, either. The Celtics had two reported cases of COVID-19 with Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams. Both will be…

Celtics Injury Report: Jaylen Brown, Daniel Theis Available Vs. Magic — NESN.com

NBA calls off 2 more games over COVID-19-related concerns — The Denver Post

The NBA called off two more games because of COVID-related and contact tracing issues on Monday, and a person with knowledge of the situation said the Miami Heat were preparing to be without “at least five” players for the next several days because of possible exposure to the coronavirus.

NBA calls off 2 more games over COVID-19-related concerns — The Denver Post

Monday’s game in Dallas between the Mavericks and the New Orleans Pelicans was postponed by the league, as well as Tuesday’s matchup in Chicago between the Bulls and the Boston Celtics. The league’s general managers were meeting Monday to discuss the league’s current virus situation, with involvement from the National Basketball Players Association. The NBA’s board of governors will meet Tuesday on the topic.

NBA Rumors: Jaylen Brown Among Three More Celtics To Enter Quarantine — NESN.com

The Boston Celtics had ruled out nine — yes, nine — players from their game against the Miami Heat on Sunday. And then that game was postponed Sunday afternoon. It’s good news for the Celtics to have atleast one game rescheduled, but the reality is it seems a majority of that group will be out […]

NBA Rumors: Jaylen Brown Among Three More Celtics To Enter Quarantine — NESN.com

NBA Rumors: Celtics-Heat Postponed After Miami Player Tests Positive For COVID-19 — NESN.com

Sign In Sunday’s Celtics-Heat game has been postponed, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. This reportedly comes after an unidentified Miami player returned a positive test ahead of the matchup in Boston. The Celtics were planning to enter the game with just eight players of their own due to COVID-19 exposure throughout the team. The…

NBA Rumors: Celtics-Heat Postponed After Miami Player Tests Positive For COVID-19 — NESN.com

Celtics opt to withdraw Red Claws from G League ‘bubble’ season — Bangor Daily News

The Red Claws, who are owned by the NBA’s Boston Celtics, revealed that the team will opt out of the season because of COVID-19 concerns.

Celtics opt to withdraw Red Claws from G League ‘bubble’ season — Bangor Daily News

Robert Williams tests positive for COVID; Grant Williams and Tristan Thompson also in quarantine — Boston Herald

The Celtics will go into tonight’s game against Washington and for at least the next week a considerably smaller team due to league coronavirus precautions. A league source confirmed a published report that center Robert Williams has tested positive for COVID-19, and will be in quarantine for a minimum of seven days. Williams, who played…

Robert Williams tests positive for COVID; Grant Williams and Tristan Thompson also in quarantine — Boston Herald

Commentary: K.C. Jones may have been part of Boston sports lore, but he left his mark in Hartford, too — Daily Republic

Lori Riley, Hartford Courant The first time John Gallagher met K.C. Jones, Jones walked up to Gallagher, then an assistant for the Hartford men’s basketball team, and introduced himself. “He said, ‘Hey, how you doing? I’m K.C. Jones,’” Gallagher, now the head coach at Hartford, recalled Thursday. He was still incredulous, after all these years. “First […]

Commentary: K.C. Jones may have been part of Boston sports lore, but he left his mark in Hartford, too — Daily Republic

Get Ready For A Lot Of Payton Pritchard When Celtics Play Raptors Monday Night — CBS Boston

With Jeff Teague out and Marcus Smart questionable, Payton Pritchard is in line for a lot of playing time Monday night when the Celtics visit the Raptors.

Get Ready For A Lot Of Payton Pritchard When Celtics Play Raptors Monday Night — CBS Boston

Jaylen Brown Ranks At Top Of These NBA Scoring Categories For Celtics — NESN.com

Jaylen Brown can’t seem to miss. Seriously. The Boston Celtics wing has been on fire offensively this season, playing like a deserving All-Star candidate playing with a chip on his shoulder after being on the fringe last year. On Sunday against the Detroit Pistons, Brown led the Celtics in scoring with 31 points, shooting 81.3% […]

Jaylen Brown Ranks At Top Of These NBA Scoring Categories For Celtics — NESN.com