Player News - Celtics

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Marcus Smart returned to action on Thursday January 18.

Jan 19 - 3:19 AM

Abdel Nader returned to action on Thursday January 18.

Jan 19 - 3:19 AM

Marcus Smart made a start for Kyrie Irving (shoulder) against the 76ers during an 89-80 loss on Thursday, making 6-of-11 from the field for 13 points with five rebounds, one assist, four turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

You'd think Smart making his shots would lead to a big line in a start, but that wasn't the case. Chalk Smart doesn't usually pan out in DFS and he actually came into this game with a lower scoring average as a starter compared to coming off the bench. Smart is playing well enough to be owned in standard leagues.
Jan 18 - 9:45 PM

Terry Rozier scored four points with one rebound, two assists and one steal in 20 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

His playing time didn't really change with Shane Larkin picking up the extra burn from Kyrie Irving (shoulder) not playing. Perhaps Rozier making just 3-of-19 from deep in his last four is why coach Brad Stevens didn't lean on him more -- the Celtics trailed for most of the game. Rozier should continue to hang around top-150 value in standard leagues, and expect him to be better if Irving misses more time.
Jan 18 - 9:43 PM

Al Horford scored 14 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

Coach Brad Stevens has leaned on Horford a lot to guard Ben Simmons in this matchup, but he covered Joel Embiid more down the stretch during this loss. Horford trails only DeMarcus Cousins and Draymond Green for total assists among PF/Cs and he's been one of the most well-rounded fantasy bigs over the last decade.
Jan 18 - 9:42 PM

Shane Larkin played 23 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday, scoring eight points with three rebounds, one assist and two steals.

He picked up a good chunk of the Kyrie Irving (shoulder) minutes as the fourth guard in the rotation, and he even played key fourth-quarter minutes over Terry Rozier. Irving may be questionable for Sunday night, so it's possible Larkin finds himself in the 20s for minutes again. There's really no incentive in adding him unless we get word Irving is officially going to sit against the Magic.
Jan 18 - 9:39 PM

Daniel Theis scored two points with two rebounds and one assist in eight minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

Coach Brad Stevens leaned on Theis down the stretch coming into this game, but this time he wasn't an option with how the game was going. Stevens plays the matchups too often to use Theis while Aron Baynes and Al Horford are healthy.
Jan 18 - 9:38 PM

Marcus Morris scored 14 points with six rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

He took a shot to his nose in the first half and was bleeding, but Morris didn't need to go to the locker room after the training staff was able to patch him up. Unlike his brother Markieff in Washington, Marcus is playing well these days with with two strong games coming into this one, averaging 15.5 points, 8.0 boards, 2.0 dimes and 2.0 treys over his previous two. Still, he is likely going to have a back-to-back restriction and he doesn't offer much outside of scoring, so he's probably not a guy most 12-team owners should target.
Jan 18 - 9:37 PM

Jayson Tatum scored 11 points with four rebounds, two blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

He came into tonight as the NBA's leader in 3-point percentage, but he relinquished that lead to Nikola Mirotic with his 1-of-3 tonight. Tatum is in one of his most inefficient stretches of his NBA career, but Tatum has been racking up the defensive stats lately with nine blocks and five steals over his last four games. He's one of the most un-rookie 19 year olds ever.
Jan 18 - 9:34 PM

Guerschon Yabusele (illness) will not play vs. the Sixers on Thursday.

Yabusele isn't in the rotation and his absence won't impact fantasy lineups.
Jan 18 - 5:25 PM

Marcus Smart (illness) has been cleared to play vs. Philly on Thursday, and he'll start in place of Kyrie Irving (shoulder).

Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin also stand to gain without Irving, who should be considered day-to-day. Smart's minutes and usage rate should increase without Kyrie, solidifying him as a solid option in most fantasy scenarios.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Irving plus all inactive/non-rotation members off the floor, Marcus Morris leads the way in usage at 28.5% (0.91 FPPM), a +4.2% bump. He becomes a stronger mid-range target as he could certainly be counted on more offensively with a steep drop-off in backcourt production. Marcus Smart is going to start for Kyrie and he's second on the team with a 24.1% usage and 0.86 FPPM mark. Horford leads the team in FPPM at 1.09.
Jan 18 - 5:18 PM

Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder) will not play vs. the Sixers on Thursday, and Marcus Smart will start in his place.

An MRI came back negative and Celtics coach Brad Stevens "does not believe [Kyrie's shoulder] will be a long-term issue." Irving was getting treatment on his shoulder prior to logging 41 minutes on Tuesday, so hopefully this is just a precautionary rest day in a back-to-back situation. Smart is starting, but Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin should also benefit from his absence.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Irving plus all inactive/non-rotation members off the floor, Marcus Morris leads the way in usage at 28.5% (0.91 FPPM), a +4.2% bump. He becomes a stronger mid-range target as he could certainly be counted on more offensively with a steep drop-off in backcourt production. Marcus Smart is going to start for Kyrie and he's second on the team with a 24.1% usage and 0.86 FPPM mark. Horford leads the team in FPPM at 1.09.
Jan 18 - 5:16 PM

Marcus Smart (illness) is questionable to play against the 76ers on Thursday.

He is not feeling well on Wednesday and did not practice. With Kyrie Irving (shoulder) also questionable, the Celtics could be thin at guard with Terry Rozier, Shane Larkin and Jaylen Brown picking up some extra minutes.
Jan 17 - 2:23 PM

Guerschon Yabusele (illness) is questionable for Thursday against the 76ers.

He is under the weather, but the Celtics likely won't need the Dancing Bear anyway.
Jan 17 - 2:21 PM

Kyrie Irving has a sore left shoulder and did not practice on Wednesday.

He is also going to be questionable to play against the 76ers on Thursday. Irving played a season-high 41 minutes on Tuesday, and he's also in a bad slump to start 2018 at just 35.4 FG% in those five games. If he can't go, Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin figure to pick up the most playing time. Hopefully, he is only being held out of practice as a precaution.
Jan 17 - 2:19 PM


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