Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

The Celtics have assigned Demetrius Jackson to their D-League affiliate.

Neat.
Jan 17 - 3:46 PM

Tyler Zeller (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.

Zeller was able to get through a full practice on Tuesday, so while he'll miss Wednesday's game, there's a chance he'll be able to return to action Saturday vs. Portland. That being said, Zeller is a negligible part of the rotation in Boston, so his return to action won't have any meaningful impact in fantasy hoops.
Jan 17 - 2:30 PM

The Celtics have asked Kelly Olynyk to be aggressive and look for his shot more often.

Olynyk had offseason surgery that kept him from participating in full basketball activities for the better part of six months. He is finally working his way back into optimal shape and has played well of late. He has scored at least 12 points in four of the Celtics last five games and has 41 points, 17 boards and six 3-pointers over his last two games. There is a chance he gets promoted to Boston's starting lineup, as coach Brad Stevens said, " I think he’s a good fit with Al (Horford)."
Jan 17 - 11:23 AM

Kelly Olynyk didn't replace Amir Johnson in the starting lineup on Monday, but did play through an ankle injury and hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a steal in 26 minutes.

Olynk is playing well right now and appears to be on the cusp of starting for Boston. But even if he continues to come off the bench, he's averaging 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 3-pointers while shooting 64 percent from the field in 26 minutes a game over his last five. He's a hot pickup in fantasy right now, even if he never does crack Boston's starting five.
Jan 16 - 10:36 PM

Marcus Smart hit just 1-of-5 shots for two points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday.

With Avery Bradley back from his achilles injury, Smart took a hit by returning to the bench. He still filled the stat sheet and is still a player worth owning in most 12-team leagues, although he's not going to be quite as fun to own as he was when Bradley was in street clothes.
Jan 16 - 10:33 PM

Avery Bradley returned from a three-game absence with an Achilles injury on Monday and hit 2-of-9 shots for five points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

Bradley was playing at an incredible level when he exited three games ago and showed some rust tonight. But the minutes were encouraging and he should be put back in fantasy lineups across the board. His five points were a season-low, but he should get back on track soon, as he only missed three games with the injury.
Jan 16 - 10:31 PM

Al Horford hit 8-of-14 shots, a 3-pointer and 5-of-5 free throws for 22 points, six rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes on Monday.

This was Horford's most points scored since he had 23 way back on Dec. 23. His assist numbers are impressive and he's averaging 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers while shooting 43 percent over his last five games. Over his last four games, his field goal percentage jumps to 53 percent, so look at him as one of the hotter shooting perimeter centers in the league right now.
Jan 16 - 10:28 PM

Jae Crowder hit 5-of-11 shots and hit 3-of-8 3-pointers for 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in Monday's win over Charlotte.

Crowder has talked about taking a week off at some point later this season, but until it happens, he's playing very well right now. Over his last three games he's averaging 17.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 3-pointers over his last three games. Ride him until he shuts it down, or take this opportunity to sell-high on the hot forward.
Jan 16 - 10:23 PM

Isaiah Thomas hit 14-of-25 shots and seven 3-pointers for 35 points, five rebounds and four assists in Monday's 108-98 win over the Hornets.

That makes 25 straight games with at least 20 points for IT2 and he'd have a perfect season going in that regard if not for an 18-point game back on Nov. 18. Think about that for a minute. The No. 60 pick in the 2011 draft has at least 18 points in all 37 of his games this season. He also scored 17 points in the fourth quarter today and is leading the league with 10.1 fourth-quarter points per game this season. Beast.
Jan 16 - 10:18 PM

Marcus Smart will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Hornets.

Avery Bradley (Achilles) is back following a four-game stint on the sidelines, so Smart will head back to the bench and his value will take a hit. As a reserve this season, Smart owns averages of 9.3 points, 4.3 dimes, 1.0 steal, 1.2 triples and 1.9 turnovers per contest on 34.8 percent shooting.
Jan 16 - 6:19 PM

Tyler Zeller (illness) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Hornets.

Zeller is finally feeling better, but Monday will mark his eighth straight game on the sidelines due to this illness. We'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, but with the main guys in Boston's frontcourt healthy, Zeller won't have any fantasy value.
Jan 16 - 6:04 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) will start Monday vs. the Hornets, sending Marcus Smart back to the bench.

He'll be returning from a four-game stint on the sidelines, and there's no word of any sort of minutes limit, so his owners can feel free to get him active. Smart's value will take a decent sized hit with the return to the bench, and Isaiah Thomas' usage rate will take a slight hit.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: The Celtics guards - namely Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart - have been very popular DFS targets in the time that Bradley has missed, but his presence leads to them both becoming less intriguing. Instead, this may be a good night to look to the Boston front-court. Al Horford will face off with a Charlotte defense that ranks 26th against centers, and while Kelly Olynyk will play, Horford is in a nice spot from a GPP perspective at a thin center position. DeAndre Jordan is still the safer cash game play.
Jan 16 - 6:01 PM

Kelly Olynyk (ankle) and Avery Bradley (Achilles) will play Monday vs. the Hornets.

Olynyk got tripped up by a ball boy during Sunday's practice and rolled his ankle, but luckily the ankle tweak won't force him to spend any time on the sidelines. Bradley is likely going to start tonight, which will send Marcus Smart back to the bench.
Jan 16 - 5:57 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) is probable to play Monday vs. the Hornets.

Bradley was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and was active at shootaround, so all signs are pointing to him returning from a four-game absence tonight. With Bradley back in the lineup, Marcus Smart will return to the bench and Isaiah Thomas won't be quite as active on offense.
Jan 16 - 5:35 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and barring a setback he should be able to return to action Monday vs. the Hornets.

Bradley has spent the past four games on the sidelines, but it's looking like owners can plan on having him back in their lineups next week. With Bradley back, Marcus Smart will return to the bench, and Isaiah Thomas won't be quite as busy on the offensive end. Check back for another update following Monday morning's shootaround.
Jan 15 - 3:04 PM


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