Player News - Celtics

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Isaiah Thomas (back) called his return to the court on Wednesday, "one of the worst games I've ever played."

Thomas may want to go easy on himself since this was his first game since March 11, but he did struggle with just four points on 2-of-7 shooting in 20 minutes on Wednesday. "There's no excuses, I have to play better," said Thomas. "I'm my biggest critic, I have to come out and play better, offensively and defensively." Thomas will have three more weeks to shake the rust off and should be held in standard fantasy leagues while he's healthy.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 26 - 9:50 AM

Isaiah Thomas returned from an eight-game absence with a back injury and hit just 2-of-7 shots for four points, three turnovers and nothing else in 20 minutes.

Hopefully he wasn't in your lineup tonight. "Hopefully that was just a rhythm thing and not how he's feeling," coach Brad Stevens said. "That's what I want to know." Thomas is obviously worth holding and we're guessing he looks much better on Friday night against the hapless Knicks.
Mar 26 - 1:05 AM

Phil Pressey came off the bench for 11 points, five rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block on 4-of-6 shooting in 18 minutes.

The stat line was nice, and a bit surprising with the return of Isaiah Thomas, and it's hard to see him doing this again any time soon. Ignore him for now, as the Celtics were down 17 at halftime and Brad Stevens gave Pressey a look in hopes of getting back into the game.
Mar 26 - 1:01 AM

Kelly Olynyk played just 17 minutes and finished with four points and one rebound in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

The Heat were without a center tonight (Hassan Whiteside, hand injury), so Olynyk wasn't really needed. Tyler Zeller started again and had 10 points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes, and while Olynyk has shown flashes of being ready to get hot, he's yet to do so. Maybe it's time to move on.
Mar 26 - 12:59 AM

Jae Crowder moved back to the bench on Wednesday and had 16 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes in a loss to the Heat.

Crowder has been bouncing in and out of the starting lineup, but still manages to be productive on most nights. And with Brandon Bass appearing to fade, Crowder looks like a guy worth holding onto right now.
Mar 26 - 12:57 AM

Evan Turner hit just 1-of-5 shots for four points, four rebounds and five assists in 20 minutes on Wednesday.

The Heat were up by 17 at halftime and Brad Davis was trying several different and random combos in hopes of getting back into the game. Turner came in hot and Isaiah Thomas didn't look comfortable in his return to action, so we're not ready to give up on Turner just yet.
Mar 26 - 12:55 AM

Brandon Bass hit just 3-of-6 shots for nine points, five rebounds, two steals and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

The Heat held a 17-point halftime lead and coach Brad Stevens seemed to be grasping for straws in hopes of getting back in the game. Eleven players saw meaningful minutes for Boston, while even Gerald Wallace came off the bench and played four minutes. With that many hands in the cookie jar, the Celtics are a potential headache for fantasy owners going forward. The Celtics are in a dogfight for the playoffs with Indy, Brooklyn and Charlotte, and fell a full two games behind the Heat with tonight's loss.
Mar 26 - 12:53 AM

Isaiah Thomas (back) will play against the Heat on Wednesday.

He's been out since Mar. 9 and there has been growing optimism that he'd be ready to go since Monday. Thomas was arguably the best sixth man in the NBA since joining the Celtics with his sky-high usage rate, so his fantasy owners should have him locked and loaded for tonight. Expect to see Jae Crowder, Evan Turner and Marcus Smart to lose some chances to score tonight.
Mar 25 - 5:26 PM

Jared Sullinger (foot) was doing some rebounding with his teammates before Wednesday's game.

He is still out for the season, but getting in some sort of activity bodes well for his offseason. With Sullinger out, it's been Tyler Zeller stepping up the most with Kelly Olynyk and Brandon Bass having good games here and there.
Mar 25 - 5:13 PM

James Young has been sent down for a D-League stint.

He has a negligible role with the Celtics, so there aren't any fantasy implications with this news. Young belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 24 - 5:52 PM

Jared Sullinger (foot) admitted he weighed more than 300 pounds at certain points this season and is working to get down to 260 by the 2015-16 season.

Sullinger is out of his walking boot and says he's already lost "10 or 15 pounds" by riding the exercise bike and committing to a daily workout regiment in the pool. "My conditioning has been the best it's been all season because of the swimming,'' Sullinger said. "I don't really like it because it's hard, but I feel myself getting faster.'' The Celtics have already picked up the big man's option for next season, so he'll head into 2015-16 motivated to show the Celtics front office that he's worth a long-term extension.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 24 - 1:48 PM

Stephon Marbury was named finals MVP as the Beijing Ducks won the Chinese Basketball Association championship.

This is Marbury's third CBA title in four years as he's put together a very solid second act of his professional career in China. "I said we wanted to build a dynasty here in Beijing," Marbury said after the Ducks' win. "A lot of people said that I was crazy for saying that, but I believed in my teammates. To be able to be in this light right now, I’m just thankful and I’m just humble." While fantasy owners don't need to concern themselves with the 38-year-old, it's nice to see Starbury succeed overseas.
Mar 24 - 12:22 PM

Marcus Smart said he's not a dirty player after his incident with Matt Bonner.

Smart's shot to Bonner's groin earned him a one-game suspension and he's determined to move forward in a productive manner. "I respect the decision," Smart said. "I gotta live with it. Looking at the film, it does look a little intentional. But that’s not who I am. I’m not a dirty player." Smart only scored two points with one rebound and two steals in his first game back from his suspension on Monday and Isaiah Thomas (back) is due to return on Wednesday, so the rookie's fantasy value will likely be limited to deeper leagues for the rest of the season.
Mar 24 - 10:54 AM

Kelly Olynyk said he's starting to regain his confidence after missing over a month with an ankle injury.

Olynyk scored 18 points in just 17 minutes on Monday night and said he's starting to find his groove again. "Any time you're struggling, you just need to see a couple things go in or a couple things go your way, just to get back on track," Olynyk said. "It's not that you lose [confidence]. It's just a hiatus, maybe." Olynyk is still part of a crowded frontcourt rotation that limits his fantasy potential, but he's worth a flier in most leagues due to his upside.
Mar 24 - 9:57 AM

Tyler Zeller scored 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and one block in Monday's road win over the Nets.

Zeller is returning modest late-round value for owners lately and the Celtics have a nice schedule both this week and next. He and Kelly Olynyk (18 points, five boards, three treys, 17 minutes) haven't always been able to produce at the same time, but we did see it for a stretch earlier in the season.
Mar 23 - 10:28 PM


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