Atlantic Notes: Thompson, Griffin, Knicks

Celtics center Tristan Thompson will miss Tuesday’s game against Utah after being placed under the league’s health and safety protocols, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston tweets. A number of Boston players, including stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, have sat out games this season for the same reason. Thompson played against Houston on Sunday, contributing eight points and 13 rebounds. He’s averaging 7.9 PPG and 8.4 RPG.

We have more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Blake Griffin is “healthy enough to play,” according to coach Steve Nash, but the Nets aren’t in any hurry to get the former All-Star forward back in action, Brian Lewis of the New York Post writes. Griffin’s debut with the club has been delayed as they focus on ensuring his surgically-repaired knee holds up. “We’re just trying to work on some of his physical deficiencies, to improve and help the knee, and also ramp up his activity so he can have a safer return to play,” Nash said. “So, we’ll just keep monitoring it, keep building, and we’ll have him back at some point here.”
  • Griffin’s desire for a ring is why he chose the Nets in free agency after getting bought out by Detroit and clearing waivers, he told ESPN’s Malika Andrews (hat tip to “That’s my main goal: to win a championship,” he said. “After being in the playoffs and missing the playoffs through a certain period of time, that hunger stays alive and it grows. And that’s where I’m at. I know myself and I know what I can do, so, I’m just ready to get out there.”
  • The Knicks have the most current salary-cap space at $15.7MM as the trade deadline nears. What should they do with it? ESPN’s Bobby Marks and Kelvin Pelton take a closer look at what types of moves they could make before the deadline and during the offseason.
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