Player News - Celtics

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Coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart (thumb) will see a doctor next week, and he could return to action if he is cleared.

The Celtics have said that he's hopeful for Game 7 against the Bucks, so making it back before next weekend is possible. Smart was was given a 6-8 week timetable and the 27th would be six weeks. If he's back, he may still come off the bench because of how well Terry Rozier has played. Shane Larkin would lose minutes.
Apr 21 - 3:10 PM

Terry Rozier made 2-of-7 from the field for nine points with two rebounds, nine assists, two steals, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes during a loss to the Bucks in Game 3 on Friday.

After dominating Drew Eric Bledsoe in the first two games, Rozier was sloppy throughout the game and Bledsoe got the best of him on both ends. Rozier may have overachieved in the first two games, but he should still have a better showing than this one for Game 4.
Apr 20 - 11:56 PM

Jaylen Brown made 4-of-9 from the field for 11 points with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in a loss to the Bucks on Friday.

He had nowhere to go but down after his 30-point breakout game on Tuesday, but his usage took a major hit after 22 field goal attempts on Tuesday. Even before his 50 points in the last two games combined, Brown was starting to heat up as a scorer with 20.8 points per game in April regular season action. He'll bounce back on Sunday.
Apr 20 - 11:56 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that Gordon Hayward is working with a St. Vincent Sports Performance running mechanics specialist.

This is the next step in his rehab, but Hayward remains without a clear timetable. "He's still a long, long, long way away," Ainge said. "St. Vincent Sports Performance is where he'll be and who he's working with. We worked with them at Butler. He worked with some of their trainers when he was doing the predraft stuff. There's a lot of familiarity there."
Source: Indy Star
Apr 18 - 9:43 AM

Shane Larkin hit 5-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points and three assists in 21 minutes of Tuesday's win.

The 11 points were a playoff career-high for Larkin, but he's going to have trouble doing much more than that with Terry Rozier playing so well for Boston.
Apr 17 - 10:53 PM

Jayson Tatum hit just 2-of-9 shots for four points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block in 30 minutes of Tuesday's Game 2 win.

Tatum was great in Sunday's Game 1 with 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals, a block and a 3-pointer, gave way to Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, who were both huge tonight. Tatum's one of the best young players in the league and we see no reason why he won't be ready to bounce back in Friday's Game 3 in Milwaukee.
Apr 17 - 10:51 PM

Terry Rozier hit 8-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 23 points, three rebounds, eight assists, a steal, a block and zero turnovers as the Celtics handled the Bucks 120-106 on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their series.

Perhaps the most fascinating stat of these playoffs so far is the fact that Rozier has yet to commit a turnover in 78 minutes of this series. For a young player who probably wouldn't be starting if Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart were healthy, Brad Stevens could not have hoped for anything more than what Rozier's given him all season. And if you're playing postseason fantasy, he should be a reliable and value-priced player, at least until the rest of the world catches up with him.
Apr 17 - 10:46 PM

Jaylen Brown hit 12-of-22 shots and five 3-pointers for 30 points, five rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes of Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Bucks to help give the Celtics a 2-0 lead in the series.

Brown is now the youngest player (22 years, 175 days) in Celtics history to score at least 30 points in a playoff game, passing legendary Tommy Heinsohn for the honor. Brown's 30 points were a team high and he had 20 points and a full stat line in Sunday's Game 1. And he's just starting to really figure out how to play in the NBA.
Apr 17 - 10:41 PM

Greg Monroe (illness) is questionable for Game 2 on Tuesday but he was warming up with the intent to play.

Monroe finished with just one point and three rebounds in 10 minutes of action on Sunday, and coach Brad Stevens said he didn't play much in Game 1 because the Bucks "went small quite a bit." The small-ball impact wasn't limited to Monroe, as starting center Aron Baynes played only 15 minutes in Game 1, and it will be interesting to see how this chess game plays out in Game 2. All signs point to Monroe playing tonight.
Apr 17 - 6:23 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee surgery) has been walking without crutches and his recovery has been "very good."

Celtics coach Brad Stevens admitted he was surprised to see Kyrie without crutches less than two weeks after surgery to remove two screws from his left knee. Boston's training staff is reportedly "excited" by Irving's initial progress and all signs point to a full recovery, ideally in time for training camp.
Apr 16 - 3:27 PM

Brad Stevens reiterated that the Celtics are "going to ride [Al Horford]" throughout their series vs. the Bucks.

Horford was amazing during Boston's Game 1 victory on Sunday, scoring 24 points on eight shot attempts, and Stevens was just confirming the obvious. "[Horford] has been unbelievable in being a facilitator for us all year," Stevens said. "With where we are now, he's going to be more of a featured scorer and facilitate and guard Giannis and do everything. He'll probably run our film session tomorrow." It makes sense to target Horford as a DFS play, given his outsized role for the short-handed Celtics.
Source: Mass Live
Apr 15 - 8:06 PM

Marcus Morris had a big game off the bench in Boston's Game 1 win over Milwaukee, finishing with 21 points, even rebounds, and two triples in 35.5 minutes of action.

Morris was the only member of the second unit to play more than 16 minutes, and he played starter's minutes while starter Aron Baynes (zero points, 14.5 minutes) barely saw the floor. Although Morris wasn't terribly efficient from the field (8-of-20 shooting) in this one, we'd expect he'll continue to have the green light given the Celtics need his offense off the bench.
Apr 15 - 4:23 PM

Terry Rozier was clutch down the stretch of Sunday's 113-107 Game 1 overtime win over Milwaukee, finishing with 23 points on 7-of-18 shooting.

Rozier hit what appeared to be a game-winning three-pointer in regulation before Khris Middleton hit a highly improbable game-tying trey from 35 feet with 0.5 seconds left on the clock, but the Celtics emerged victorious regardless. Scary Terry also had four boards, three assists, four triples, and a steal while finishing 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. He's not a bad third option to have behind Kyrie Irving (knee surgery) and Marcus Smart (thumb surgery), eh?
Apr 15 - 4:20 PM

Jaylen Brown scored 20 points in Sunday's Game 1 win over Milwaukee.

Brown played a whopping 45.5 minutes, finishing with four boards, four assists, a steal, a bock, and two triples on 9-of-19 shooting to go along with his 20 points scored. With the Celtics operating with a thin bench and a depleted backcourt, expect Brown to continue logging heavy minutes in the opening round of the playoffs.
Apr 15 - 4:17 PM

Jayson Tatum racked up the stats in his first career playoff game, finishing Boston's 113-107 overtime victory with 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals, a block, and a 3-pointer on 8-of-18 shooting.

Tatum just turned 20 in March, and it's scary to think about the player he's going to become over the course of the next few years given the player he already is now. Per Celtics Stats, Tatum is the third Celtics rookie in franchise history to record a double-double in his first career playoff game. Tatum played 44 of a possible 53 minutes, and we'd expect him to remain heavily involved as long as Boston remains in the playoff picture. Tatum is a strong fantasy asset in playoff leagues.
Apr 15 - 4:15 PM


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