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On Wednesday, the Boston Celtics picked up a 125-117 victory against the Atlanta Hawks. Prior to the game, Boston acquired Xavier Tillman from the Memphis Grizzlies for Lamar Stevens and two second-round draft picks.

Tillman was a member of the Grizzlies for four seasons. The 25-year-old center holds career averages of 6.2 points and 4.3 rebounds over 17.7 minutes per game.

Per Inside The Celtics, Joe Mazzulla discussed what Tillman can offer to the Celtics’ roster.

“Skilled. Toughness. Well-coached, obviously we paid a lot of attention to him because of the team that plays for and the coach that he has, and I like his defensive versatility. He has really good numbers against some of the top centers in the league. His pick-and-roll defense and movement is actually really good which gives us versatility at that position.”

Al Horford commented on his new teammate.

"We're looking forward to having him here. And he's a guy that's played on good teams and understands how to play. I look forward to playing with him."

Boston's next game is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 9, against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden; tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. EST. 

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