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Brad Stevens explains why nearly all of Boston’s important players didn’t make trip to Cleveland

The Boston Celtics are going to be extremely shorthanded for Tuesday night’s preseason matchup against the Cavs. In fact, several Celtics players didn’t make the trip to Cleveland at all, as Brad Stevens has given them the night off.

According to a report from Spencer Davies of BBallInsiders, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Enes Kanter, Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis stayed in Boston. Tatum, however, is actually dealing with an illness.

“With Tatum getting sick, and then I think we had five guys back there that all played with (Team USA),” Stevens said during Tuesday’s shootaround in Cleveland. “This was a pre-planned thing for a long time.”

With so many starters out, Stevens is looking forward to seeing some of his other players step up:

“This is a tremendous opportunity,” Stevens said. “They’re going to play more minutes than they’ve played the entire preseason. They’ve all put in the work to have an opportunity for a good year. And I think that this is an important game from the standpoint of trying to take advantage of the day. I’m looking forward to seeing how guys play.”

Celtics fans could be in for another Tacko Fall sighting on Tuesday night. The 7-6 big man logged seven minutes in Sunday’s blowout win over the Cavs, scoring four points on 2-of-2 shooting, two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Tuesday night’s Celtics-Cavs exhibition is set to tip inside Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse at 7:00 p.m. ET.