Player News - Celtics

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Kelly Olynyk made it through most of practice on Saturday, and while he did say his ankle is feeling better, he wasn't ready to commit to returning to action just yet.

He remains questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Warriors, but head coach Brad Stevens said he would not be surprised if Olynyk was available to play. Olynyk should be stashed in most leagues considering Jared Sullinger (foot) is out for the season, while Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko will all see their playing time take a hit when Olynyk does return.
Feb 28 - 1:18 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored 28 points on 9-of-22 shooting (2-of-8 3PTs, 8-of-10 FTs) with one rebound, seven assists and one steal in the Celtics' 106-98 win over the Hornets on Friday.

Thomas has been a top-25 player in four games for the Celtics (top-60 in 9-cat), averaging 22.3 points in 27.7 mpg with 2.5 treys, 3.3 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.0 steals and a devastating 88.6 percent from the line on 8.8 attempts per game. He's hitting just 39.3 percent of his shots during that small sample and his playing time should continue to rise. Meanwhile the Celtics look like a transformed team and a fun potential No. 8 seed if they can keep it up.
Feb 28 - 1:51 AM

Brandon Bass played just 20 minutes in Friday's win over the Hornets, scoring eight points on 3-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds and one block.

Bass saw his minutes clipped with Jonas Jerebko (16 points, 10 boards) playing so well tonight and that's with no Kelly Olynyk (ankle) around, too. The emergence of Jerebko is a real concern but owners might want to wait a game or two before weighing in on a drop considering Bass has been fairly productive lately.
Feb 28 - 1:45 AM

Avery Bradley scored 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, two assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Hornets.

Bradley looks great next to his pal Isaiah Thomas as he doesn't need the ball in his hands much and he's getting great looks in the flow of the offense. Yes, his recent spurt has come against a bunch of bad teams, but the Thomas bump looks real and he should be in all lineups right now.
Feb 28 - 1:42 AM

Marcus Smart scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal over 31 minutes in Friday's win.

Smart has produced more like a shooting guard than a point guard all season so the arrival of Isaiah Thomas hasn't really changed much. He's still a late-round value and if anything the added playmaker might be able to get a few extra looks.
Feb 28 - 1:38 AM

Evan Turner managed just two points on 1-of-5 shooting with six rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes on Friday.

Turner didn't have a three, steal or block per usual, and he's the guy whose minutes are likely to take a hit with others excelling. Outside of strict points leagues he hasn't been worth much, and owners can find something better on the wire in standard leagues.
Feb 28 - 1:33 AM

Jonas Jerebko double-doubled off the bench on Friday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting (including three treys) with 10 rebounds, three assists and one block in 24 minutes.

Jerebko fits the Celtics' spread attack very well and he's worth a very hard look right now. He has only averaged 16.5 minutes over his last three games, posting 12.0 points with 2.3 treys, 5.3 boards, 1.7 assists and 0.6 combined steals and blocks in that span. With the way he has looked lately, the playing time should go up.
Feb 28 - 1:31 AM

Jae Crowder scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting with six rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes.

Crowder hit four 3-pointers and he's been hot against some bad teams. With a history of inconsistency he's a risky pickup but give him a look.
Feb 28 - 1:10 AM

Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is questionable to play against the Warriors and is hopeful to practice on Saturday.

He's been out since January and is finally getting closer to a return. The Celtics have been very creative with their frontcourt and coach Brad Stevens has been playing a lot of Jonas Jerebko. "[Jerebko is] not a five in a perfect world but maybe a five in our world," Stevens said. Jae Crowder has also been a stretch four a ton and has benefitted the most in the past couple. Olynyk is worth stashing in most leagues now.
Feb 27 - 5:55 PM

Updating a previous report, with today's positive news on Derrick Rose, the Bulls are not expected to add a 15th man to their roster.

That means that Nate Robinson will need to look for another team interested in acquiring his services. We'll monitor Robinson's situation closely, but he's not much more than a bench player in the NBA, and as long as he's not with a team, it's safe to leave Lil’ Him on the wire in all leagues.
Feb 27 - 12:51 PM

The Bulls have reportedly had preliminary discussions with representatives for Nate Robinson, Mikes James, and Jannero Pargo.

With Derrick Rose (knee) looking at an extended (and possibly season-long) absence, it appears Chicago would like to add another guard to their backcourt. However, with Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks already on the roster, it's unlikely any of these players being discussed would be able to carve out a role significant enough to matter in standard fantasy leagues. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but for now it's safe to leave Robinson, James, and Pargo on the waiver wire.
Feb 27 - 11:09 AM

Celtics president Danny Ainge said the team is unhappy with Jared Sullinger's conditioning.

"Jared just hasn't met his goals," Ainge said. "He's not up to the standards that he wants and is not up to the standards that we think are in his best interests for the long-term health of his career. He's not up to par, to the standards that we feel are necessary to be a consistent winning player and play with great conditioning."While Sullinger is set to miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot, Ainge must be hopeful that his comments will push Sullinger to return in better shape for the 2015-16 season.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 26 - 10:41 AM

Jonas Jerebko played some center during Boston's win over New York on Wednesday.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens admitted he was "throwing darts" when he put together the lineup combination that had the 27-year-old at center, but liked what he saw. "He’s got ability to stretch the floor and he does fit well with what we’re trying to do," Stevens said. He added, "He's a big that can shoot, play the 3 or the 4, space the floor. So I like his skill set and I think he’s excited about being here." It's worth monitoring Jerebko's playing time on the rebuilding Celtics, but he's better off left on waivers for now.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 26 - 9:37 AM

Jae Crowder came off the bench for 18 points, six rebounds, four assists, a steal and three 3-pointers on 7-of-12 shooting Wednesday.

Crowder is hot again, going for 18, 12 and 22 points in each of his last three games with at least six rebounds in each of them. He's also hit eight 3-pointers over his last three games, and is getting about 30 minutes a game as well. We'd like him better as a starter for the C's, but if you've had your eye on him, now looks like a good time to pounce.
Feb 25 - 11:32 PM

Jonas Jerebko came off the bench to hit 7-of-10 shots and four 3-pointers for 20 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal in just 21 minutes on Wednesday.

This was easily a season high for Jerebko and his best game of the year, as the Tyler Zeller was in foul trouble and the Celtics went small. Keep an eye on him, but it's highly doubtful we'll see him do this again any time soon. Especially since they were playing against the Knicks, aka the worst team in the league.
Feb 25 - 11:29 PM


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