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Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown ruled out Friday vs. Magic [UPDATE]

Celtics F says he’s feeling better, but groin too much of an issue for him to play.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant guards Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum during the first half at TD Garden.  Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Jan. 24, 5:16 p.m. — Brown has also been ruled out vs. the Grizzlies.

Boston Celtics SF/PF Jayson Tatum will not play Friday vs. the Orlando Magic due to a groin injury. We’re still awaiting word on Jaylen Brown, who is questionable to play due to a right ankle sprain.

Fantasy basketball analysis: Boston Celtics G/F Gordon Hayward

With Tatum sidelined, we already know Hayward is going to play a bigger role in the offense. If Brown is also ruled out, even better for Hayward. At $6,800, he’s a bit cheaper than Kemba Walker ($7,500) and should accumulate more counting stats (rebounds, assists). We’ve seen two cases recently with the Celtics banged up in which Hayward went off. He had 22 points, seven assists and seven rebounds against the Suns last Saturday (44.75 DKFP). Before that, Hayward posted 25 points and seven boards vs. the Detroit Pistons (38.75 DKFP). With Enes Kanter (hip) also sidelined, the Celtics may run smaller lineups with Hayward at the 4.