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Celtics Notebook: Five C’s named to USA Olympic preliminary roster, Jayson Tatum wins East player of the week

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The Celtics have the most players out of any team across the NBA (along with the Lakers) on the preliminary team USA roster for the 2020 Olympics. USA Basketball released the full invite list on Monday which features Boston's best five players in Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart.

Tatum, Walker, Brown and Smart all played for Team USA’s FIBA World Cup squad this summer which failed to medal for the first time in nearly 20 years after a host of injuries hit the roster, including one to Tatum that sidelined him in the medal round. The heavy hitters (or many of them) will be back for Team USA this time around. Here's a look at the full 44-man roster initial roster.

The Celtics probably only have a chance to have one or perhaps two players on this final roster (only 12 players) depending on which players elect to withdraw due to rest/injuries as the summer approaches. Walker is a clear cut top candidate as a point guard but Tatum's two-way ability earned him plenty of fans this summer including