Celtics head coach Brad Stevens doesn't have enough healthy players to square off with the Magic on Wednesday night. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday's Celtics-Magic game postponed

The Boston Celtics will miss out on their third straight scheduled game. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that Wednesday's contest between Boston and the Orlando Magic has been postponed because the Celtics don't have enough healthy available players to compete. 

The NBA later confirmed the news. 

As Tim Bontemps of ESPN noted, Boston couldn't play against the Miami Heat on Sunday because the Heat couldn't produce a lineup. The Celtics were short on necessary players to face the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. 

Per Matt Vautour of MassLive.com, NBA rules mandate that a team has at least eight players to participate in a regular-season game. Vautour added that the Celtics are out at least 10 players due to illness, injury or other reasons as of Tuesday afternoon, and also that Tristan Thompson, Grant Williams and Robert Williams will be completing quarantine periods until at least Friday.

Boston and Orlando are also set to play on Friday night, but that matchup remains in doubt. According to Wojnarowski, the Magic understandably aren't traveling to Boston on Tuesday and will instead await instructions from league officials. 

As mentioned by ESPN, five games have been postponed because of COVID-19 issues since the season started on Dec. 22. The first two days of this week suggest things will only get worse for the Association on this front before they improve. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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