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Adrian Wojnarowski explained why he thinks Joe Mazzulla will become the Celtics’ ‘long-term coach’

Wojnarowski on Udoka: "For all intents and purposes, he has coached his last game in Boston."

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Joe Mazzulla during the Celtics' win over the Hawks on Nov. 16. AP Photo/John Bazemore

The Celtics cruised by the Hawks 126-101 on Wednesday. Jaylen Brown led Boston with 22 points, though he was one of seven Celtics to reach double-digit totals.

Tonight, the Bruins host the Flyers at 7 p.m.

And on Sunday, the Patriots play the Jets at Gillette Stadium, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.

The latest on the Celtics’ coaching situation: The Celtics have the best record in the NBA through 15 games at 12-3. It’s an accomplishment for interim head coach Joe Mazzulla, who arrived in his role after the team handed down a season-long suspension of Ime Udoka in September.

Udoka’s long-term status with Boston remains uncertain. He was suspended by the team for “violations” of Celtics policies, reportedly due to a “consensual, intimate relationship with a woman who is a member of the franchise’s staff.” However, additional reports noted that Udoka had also been accused of “making unwanted comments” toward the woman, triggering an internal investigation by the team.


Udoka was also recently linked to the vacant Nets head coaching job, but Brooklyn ultimately hired assistant coach Jacque Vaughn for the role.

Speaking during an ESPN interview on Wednesday, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski predicted that Mazzulla will be the Celtics’ full-time head coach soon, though the current circumstances with Udoka may cause a delay.

“Everything is aligned and in place for Joe Mazzulla to be the long-term coach for the Boston Celtics, except for one thing: Ime Udoka is technically still the head coach of the Boston Celtics on suspension,” Wojnarowski said. “But for all intents and purposes, [Udoka] has coached his last game in Boston. This is uncharted territory, certainly.”

Pointing out that Mazzulla has so far done a good job of navigating coaching a team in uncertain circumstances, Wojnarowski said he believes the interim label might still linger until the end of the current season.

“There is every indication that [with] Joe Mazzulla, that interim status will eventually leave and he’ll be on a long-term deal as Celtics coach,” he said. “But it may not be until after the season.”

Trivia: Though Jayson Tatum set a Celtics record for three-point attempts last season, he does not hold the team record for most three-pointers made in a single season. Can you name the player who does hold that record?


(Answer at the bottom.)

Hint: He was the last pick of the 2011 NBA draft.

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