Player News - Celtics

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Gordon Hayward (left leg surgery) is unlikely to return this season, according to his agent.

Hayward had surgery on Wednesday to repair his dislocated and fractured left tibia. "We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," said his agent, Mark Bartelstein. It's a sad turn of events and we wish Hayward a speedy recovery. In his absence, the Celtics are expected to start Marcus Smart while relying more on a slew of players including Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier. Swingman Abdel Nader, a second-round pick in 2016, was actually the Celts' first man off the bench on Wednesday.

Kyrie Irving made 7-of-25 from the field for 17 points during a 108-100 loss to the Bucks on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

Most people who play DFS will tell you that the Bucks can be a tough matchup for a score-first point guard. Irving has picked up the offense quickly and his assist percentage should be better this year than it was with the Cavs. His Celtics are now 0-2, but he'll get a great matchup against the 76ers on Friday. There's obviously nothing to worry about with Uncle Drew.
Oct 18 - 11:15 PM

Al Horford scored 13 points with six rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

He'll have plenty of stat lines like this one and hopefully nobody worried about his dud line in the opener. Horford's blocks trended down last year while he led all centers in assists per game. He and Kyrie Irving have played really well off each other, so expect Horford to post well-rounded stat lines all season long.
Oct 18 - 11:10 PM

Jayson Tatum scored eight points with nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 37 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

Everyone knew he could score, so what may be the most impressive has been how well he's rebounded with this game and his double-double in his debut. Plus, coach Brad Stevens had him on Giannis Antetokounmpo a lot. He's already playing big minutes at power forward and getting 37 on his first back-to-back shows he's ready for a consistent role. Tatum should be owned in all fantasy leagues and may still get heavy run once Marcus Morris (knee) comes back.
Oct 18 - 11:04 PM

Marcus Smart made 4-of-13 from the field for 12 points with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers against the Bucks on Wednesday.

He was 3-of-7 from deep, so that wasn't the issue in this game. Smart's weight loss looks like it's legitimately helped him become a better player on both ends and he'll be seeing minutes on the mid 30s almost every night. If Smart can somehow be even remotely close to 43 percent from the field, he could have a massive season. He should be owned in all leagues regardless.
Oct 18 - 11:00 PM

Terry Rozier scored 15 points with seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

He'll be getting most of the backup point guard minutes and he'll be playing next to Kyrie Irving as well. Both Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart will be logging a lot of burn at the three, so Rozier could find himself getting minutes in the mid 20s most nights. He's probably worth grabbing in competitive 12-team leagues until Marcus Morris (knee) comes back.
Oct 18 - 10:52 PM

Jaylen Brown had a wrap on his left wrist following Wednesday's loss to the Bucks.

He had a bad fall in the second half, but he was able to play through it. Brown didn't match his career-high 25 points from Tuesday, but he played well with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes. He's beeb explosive and is taking a ton of shots, so he needs to be owned in all fantasy formats. Hopefully his wrist is OK.
Oct 18 - 10:46 PM

Semi Ojeleye scored three points with one rebound and one 3-pointer in 12 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

Coach Brad Stevens has used Ojeleye at power forward a lot, so he is serving as Jayson Tatum's backup for the most part in this rotation. Considering how many minutes Tatum has with 37 in both games, Ojeleye may not see much playing time once Marcus Morris (knee) is back.
Oct 18 - 10:33 PM

Daniel Theis played five minutes with six points, two rebounds and one turnover against the Bucks on Wednesday.

Chances are he won't be getting minutes once Marcus Morris (knee) comes back, but it's a positive long term that coach Brad Stevens plays him before garbage time.
Oct 18 - 10:31 PM

Aron Baynes scored four points with two rebounds in 16 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

The Celtics have tried lineups with Baynes and Al Horford, but they have played together for just five minutes combined in the first two. Perhaps that changes against bigger lineups, but the overwhelming majority of Baynes minutes will come as the backup five. He has value in deeper leagues.
Oct 18 - 10:26 PM

Abdel Nader scored four points with one assist in 11 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

He was the first wing off the bench in this game, but he didn't get as much run in the second half. Nader likely won't play in the double-digit minutes most night and the back-to-back set could have been a factor along with Jaylen Brown getting into foul trouble.
Oct 18 - 10:22 PM

Gordon Hayward has officially been diagnosed with a dislocated and fractured left tibia and he will have surgery on Wednesday.

Head coach Brad Stevens wouldn't speculate if this will be a season-ending injury for Hayward, but we should have an official timetable once he goes under the knife. Marcus Smart will move into the starting five with Hayward on the sidelines, and there will be more minutes for guys like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Terry Rozier and even Abdel Nader, while Kyrie Irving will be tasked with the heavy lifting on offense. Hayward is a cut candidate in leagues without an IR-spot.

Marcus Smart will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Bucks.

Smart started the second half on Tuesday and finished with 12 points, nine boards, three dimes, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 35 minutes, and he should remain in the starting five for however long Gordon Hayward (ankle) is sidelined. The shooting percentages won't be pretty, but Smart will bring enough stats to the boxscore to warrant ownership in most leagues.
Oct 18 - 5:50 PM

Gordon Hayward (ankle) will evaluate a course of action for surgical scenarios after undergoing an MRI and CT scan in Boston on Wednesday.

While surgery is likely, it hasn't officially been decided if that's the course that Hayward will take, but we'll continue to monitor this situation closely. For what it's worth, Hayward's gruesome leg injury was reportedly a "clean break," but still, this is the sort of thing that could very well end his season. Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris all figure to see an uptick in minutes while Hayward is on the sidelines, while Kyrie Irving will be operating with a hefty usage rate.
Source: ESPN
Oct 18 - 10:36 AM

Jaylen Brown put on a show with a career-high 25 points in Tuesday's loss to Cleveland.

Brown started at shooting guard, but shifted to small forward when Gordon Hayward left the game with a gruesome leg injury. He not only played great defense on LeBron, but he was attacking the rim relentlessly and his athleticism helped him get a lot of easy looks in transition including some monster dunks. He finished 11-of-23 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line with six rebounds, three steals and two triples (on nine attempts) in 40 minutes. He's looking at heavy minutes this season and proved tonight that he was the worth the gamble in the later rounds. If he's on the wire, change that.
Oct 17 - 11:36 PM


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