Player News - Celtics

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Jaylen Brown (illness) was unable to practice on Tuesday.

Brown has another day to recover before Game 5 vs. Chicago. "Hopefully he'll be well enough to play [Wednesday]," said coach Brad Stevens. However, there will be minimal fantasy impact if he is sidelined. Brown played 11 minutes off the bench in Game 1, but has seen his playing steadily dimish in the three games since. For the series, he is averaging just 1.8 points and 0.5 rebounds in 5.6 minutes.
Apr 25 - 1:03 PM

Amir Johnson picked up a DNP-CD during the Celtics' Game 4 win in Chicago on Sunday.

Johnson's role has steadily decreased throughout the series. With Gerald Green playing well as a starter, coach Brad Stevens had no incentive to keep the veteran big man in the rotation tonight. Tyler Zeller was also a DNP-CD and this trend is likely to continue with Boston tying up the series behind a slew of small lineups.
Apr 23 - 9:34 PM

Marcus Smart made only 2-of-7 shots for five points on Sunday, but he impacted the game elsewhere with eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

Rough shooting is nothing new for Smart, who is 13-of-32 (40.6 percent) through four playoff games. Avery Bradley also struggled from the field, going 3-of-9 for eight points, but they did enough to help Boston earn a road win tonight. The series shifts to Boston tied 2-2, with the road team winning every game.
Apr 23 - 9:33 PM

Kelly Olynyk made all four of his shot attempts on Sunday, including one 3-pointer, finishing with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes off the bench.

In the first half, the Celtics' offense attempted 22 triples, 10 shots at the rim, and just three mid-range jumpers. They finished the game a mere 10-of-37 from deep (27.0 percent), yet they still won by nine points. Olynyk is often an 'X-factor' with the second unit, especially if he's hitting his 3-pointers, but he's hard to trust for DFS from night to night.
Apr 23 - 9:32 PM

Gerald Green scored a playoff career-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting with four 3-pointers during Sunday's Game 4 win in Chicago, adding seven rebounds and one turnover in 23 minutes.

The Bulls left Green wide open early in the game and he made them pay dearly, helping Boston roar out to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter. Green said that his goal was simply to bring "energy" to the first unit, but he brought much more than that tonight. He'll likely be a popular DFS option during Wednesday's Game 5 in Boston.
Apr 23 - 9:31 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 33 points during Sunday's Game 4 road victory, going 10-of-21 from the field and 12-of-13 from the FT line.

Thomas made one 3-pointer while chipping in seven assists, four rebounds and one steal, and as usual he was the Celtics' savior offensively. He dominated in the second half, despite battling foul trouble, and he earned a technical foul for accurately shouting "You can't guard me!" at Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams. He's playing freely, with MVP-like swagger, which is an ominous sight for Bulls fans.
Apr 23 - 9:29 PM

Gerald Green said his job is to bring some energy and pace to the first unit.

"I was just trying to bring energy. I think that was most important," Green said after logging 20 minutes in the starting lineup in Game 3 vs. Chicago. "I feel like my energy was there early on in the game. So that’s what I’m going to try to do [in Sunday's Game 4]: just try to come out with a lot of energy and just try to play up-tempo basketball, try to just bring it on both ends." Green played through a mild ankle tweak and scored eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers, and he's on the radar as a DFS play in tournaments because of his boom-or-bust appeal.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 9:49 AM

Avery Bradley was a factor on both ends of the floor during a 104-87 win over the Bulls on Friday, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers.

It's been a while since we saw peak Avery Bradley, but he showed up today. Bradley's defense on Jimmy Butler may have been his biggest contribution in this game, and his play-making skills were also on display. Before his Achilles injury, Bradley showed off his polished ball-handling skills, but they've subsided in the past few months. If he starts playing like he did in the 2016 portion of the season, the Celtics could be dangerous again. The Celtics will look to tie the series in Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 21 - 10:17 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points with two rebounds, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Bulls during a Game 3 win on Friday.

The Bulls were able to keep IT in check for the first half with just six points, but Thomas busted out in the third with eight points, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in those eight minutes. He rejoined his team on Thursday night after a trip to Washington to be with his family, so he still isn't quite in his routine. Regardless of how he plays, IT gets a ton of credit for playing through such a family tragedy. We may see IT time on Sunday.
Apr 21 - 10:12 PM

Jonas Jerebko scored six points with three rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Friday.

Coach Brad Stevens loves his Jerebko and Olynyk combo, so maybe that's why he didn't start Jerebko today. The JJ-KO combo was used for seven minutes in this win, so that will likely be a second-unit staple going forward. It'll be tough to use Jerebko in Game 4.
Apr 21 - 10:04 PM

Al Horford scored 18 points with eight rebounds, six assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Bulls during a Game 3 win on Friday.

It was easily his best game of this series. The Celtics going smaller more often opened up more pick-and-roll opportunities for Horford and more space for cutting, so coach Brad Stevens will likely continue to throw Horford out there with four smalls. After two disappointing games, Horford may start to show why the Celtics paid up to get him last summer.
Apr 21 - 10:00 PM

Gerald Green played 20 minutes in the starting lineup against the Bulls in Game 3 on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers.

He did suffer a mild left ankle tweak in the first half, but he did return and looked fine after getting re-taped. Even if Green is going to start, he's going to be the fourth guard at best in the rotation for total minutes behind Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart -- Terry Rozier played 23 minutes, as well. Green is only going to be a tournament play in DFS because we've seen him get hot at times.
Apr 21 - 9:57 PM

Kelly Olynyk scored five points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

His minutes took a sizable hit after he played 23.5 minutes per game in the first two games of this series. Olynyk was the 10th player to check in for the Celtics, so coach Brad Stevens made plenty of tweaks to his rotation. His role is a little unclear for Game 4.
Apr 21 - 9:49 PM

Amir Johnson came off the bench for Game 3 on Friday, scoring two points with one assist in just six minutes against the Bulls.

He was in the first half rotation, but he didn't really do much to earn more playing time in Game 4. The Celtics guards did a fine job on crashing the glass, so giving up that size wasn't too big of a loss with the added output on 3-pointers. Johnson likely won't play too much in Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 21 - 9:46 PM

Gerald Green started the second half on Friday.

His left ankle tweak doesn't look like it'll be an issue for coach Brad Stevens' rotation, which has been very odd and perhaps too deep.
Apr 21 - 8:26 PM


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