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Celtics stumble into second half of back-to-back at Portland

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The Boston Celtics face a quick turnaround as they play the second of five games on their Western Conference road trip on Saturday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Despite a game-high 37 points from star Jayson Tatum, the Celtics were unable to keep up with the free-firing Utah Jazz in a 137-130 defeat on Friday in Salt Lake City.

The loss was Boston’s third in five games after the Celtics won six of eight.

“The Portland Trail Blazers are committed to building an organization that positively impacts our colleagues, communities and the world in which we live and play,” a team statement released Friday afternoon read.

The team promoted Joe Cronin to interim general manager while the team searches for a permanent replacement.

In a Friday question-and-answer session with fans on Reddit, Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard said he “Always had a really good relationship with Neil” and that “It’s just an all-around unfortunate situation in the business that we work in.”

Lillard will not suit up against the Celtics, sidelined for a third straight game because of lower abdominal tendinopathy.

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