Kemba Walker active against Nets, Jayson Tatum expected to sit out

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Kemba Walker has been cleared to play in a game for the Celtics for the first time since February 13. Brad Stevens reiterated at Tuesday’s shootaround that Walker’s minutes will be limited against the Nets.

“It feels like we’ve been without him forever,” Marcus Smart said at Celtics shootaround. “I know it’s been killing him as a competitor, sitting over (on) the side — because I know it kills me when I’m out. And that’s all he was talking about, how he wanted to be out there with us.”

Marcus Smart has also been cleared to play. His availability was in question due to illness.

“(Monday) was tough,” he said. “Throwing up every 20 minutes. Just a little GI bug, but I’m feeling better.”

Jayson Tatum’s availability for Tuesday’s game was also up in the air due to illness. While Smart is good to go, the Celtics do not expect Tatum will play against the Nets.

Stevens made sure to point out Tatum is just dealing with a cold, not the flu or something more serious.

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