Celtics return to practice, expect to play against Magic Friday night

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The Celtics returned to the practice floor for the first time in a week on Thursday with nearly half of their roster still in NBA health and safety protocols.

However, with Grant Williams and Tristan Thompson cleared to participate after a 7-day quarantine, the Celtics appear likely to be cleared to face off with the Magic on Friday night at the TD Garden.

Two new Celtics (Daniel Theis and Carsen Edwards) were listed in NBA health and safety protocols on Thursday on the team’s injury report, joining Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Javonte Green, Rob Williams and Semi Ojeleye in the protocol.

The team lists Brown, Ojeleye, Theis and Green as questionable for Friday’s game, leaving open the possibility that the team will have 12 active players for the matchup against Orlando. Even if those four players aren’t cleared, the Celtics will have the league necessary eight players to play a game, assuming no other players enter health and safety protocols in the next 24 hours.

Here’s a look at the team’s current healthy depth chart at the moment.

Guards: Smart, Teague, Pritchard, Waters
Wing: Nesmith
Bigs: Thompson, G. Williams, Fall

Questionable due to NBA health and safety protocols: Brown, Ojeleye, Green, Theis

Out: Edwards, Tatum, R. Williams, Walker, Langford

Brad Stevens spoke about what the experience has been like over the past week for the team and coaching staff amid the postponements.

“We do daily check-ups on everybody that’s obviously either positive case or contact trace and just making sure everybody’s good,” Stevens said. “We’ve had a few Zoom calls as a team. We’ve had the ability with the guys that have not been in the protocol to come in one player, one coach at a time in the facility. An assistant and a player coming in and getting shots up and doing maybe small individual workout with a great deal of emphasis on the space between them. I’m not in there and nobody else is really in the building so this is the first time that I’ve been back in the building since last Friday’s walkthrough. It was important for us to get back today if we hope that we’re good to go tomorrow. We cross our fingers and we’ll see.”

Kemba Walker was also on the practice floor with the team on Thursday but the team will try to let him get a few more live