Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

The Celtics want to find ways to get Al Horford more involved in the offense.

Horford has been underutilized of late. Over Boston's last four games, Horford is averaging just 9.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists. "Definitely, we’ve got to get Horford more involved and that’s my job," Isaiah Thomas said. "I’ll do a better job of getting him the ball Sunday... I’m the point guard of this team and I’ve got to do a better job of getting him the ball in his spots." Hopefully, with the help of his teammates, Horford is able to bounce back and start putting up the numbers fantasy owners have grown accustomed to.
Feb 25 - 12:43 PM

Isaiah Thomas made 6-of-17 from the field for 20 points with three rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in a 107-97 loss to the Raptors on Friday.

He barely kept his 20-plus scoring streak alive with this one as his lowest scoring game since 20 points on Dec. 5. The Raptors were all over Thomas with guys like Delon Wright, P.J. Tucker and Cory Joseph doing a fine job. He'll get a better matchup against Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith on Sunday. Avery Bradley (Achilles) coming back could have a slight negative effect on him, but obviously not enough to worry.
Feb 24 - 11:26 PM

Jae Crowder scored 19 points with four rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

He has one of the best contracts in the NBA and it's easy to see why the Celtics don't want to give him up in a trade. On top of his terrific defense, Crowder is having by far his most efficient season as a pro, turning in a 62.4 true shooting percentage. Crowder has fourth-round value in standard leagues and shows no signs of slowing down.
Feb 24 - 11:20 PM

Jaylen Brown (hip) returned to action on Friday with 13 points, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

His time in the first unit looks like it'll be short-lived with Avery Bradley very close to a return. Brown has still been moving along faster than expected and the Celtics not making a trade speaks volumes about how the team feels about its youth. Brown won't have much value in redraft formats.
Feb 24 - 11:15 PM

Marcus Smart scored 19 points with five rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes off the bench against the Raptors on Friday.

With Jaylen Brown back, coach Brad Stevens was able to bring Smart closer to 30 minutes. On top of Brown's return, Avery Bradley is likely going to be ready for Sunday against the Pistons. Smart could still have value, assuming you don't care too much about field goal percentage.
Feb 24 - 11:11 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said Gerald Green (heel) will miss Friday's game vs. the Raptors and Sunday's game in Detroit.

There is not a significant fantasy impact as a result of this news, as Green is averaging under 12 minutes a night this season. Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart will likely see some additional run.
Feb 24 - 6:56 PM

Jaylen Brown (hip) will return to the Celtics on Friday and replace Marcus Smart in the starting lineup.

Avery Bradley (Achilles) remains out. Smart's numbers dip slightly when coming off the bench vs. starting, but not dramatically. Smart is averaging 9.3 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.7 rebounds in 28.8 minutes as a reserve this season. Although it is important to note Bradley played in many of those games in which Smart came off the pine.
Feb 24 - 6:53 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) is officially out for Friday against the Raptors.

The good news is he is getting very close. He had a lengthy workout on Friday and is scheduled to have another practice on Saturday. Coach Brad Stevens also said Bradley will play "sooner rather than later." His fantasy owners should have him ready to roll next week.
Feb 24 - 6:48 PM

Jaylen Brown (hip) will return to the starting lineup and Marcus Smart will move to the bench against the Raptors on Friday.

It'll be Isaiah Thomas, Brown, Jae Crowder, Amir Johnson and Al Horford. Brown played 24.5 minutes per game as a starting guard with just 9.0 points per game, so he's not really a great fantasy option. His return suggests Smart will be back around 30 minutes tonight.
Feb 24 - 6:44 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) is very unlikely to play on Friday against the Raptors.

According to the report, he won't play "barring some serious lobbying on Bradley’s part" to convince the medical staff that he’s ready. This injury is taking a very long time for Bradley, who has played in just one game since Jan. 7. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown are likely to pick up some extra run.
Source: CSN NE
Feb 24 - 3:49 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said Avery Bradley (Achilles) will go through shootaround but will "most likely" not play Friday night vs. Toronto.

This is somewhat discouraging news, as Bradley has appeared in only one game since Jan 6. and had been targeting Friday as a return date. However, Bradley did travel with the team and told reporters that he felt "100 percent." He said he hoped to play Friday night but that the training staff might not let him. Marcus Smart will again see heavy minutes in Bradley's absence.
Feb 24 - 12:28 PM

Gerald Green (heel) will not play Friday vs. Toronto.

Green is averaging just 11.4 minutes per game for the Celtics this season. Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart might see a small bump in playing time on Friday.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 24 - 10:31 AM

Celtics forward Jaylen Brown is expected to return from his hip injury on Friday night against the Raptors.

Brown missed three straight games prior to the All-Star break with the injury, but made it through Wednesday's practice and should be good to go tomorrow. Now let's see if the Celtics pull off any deals on Thursday that might either help or hurt his negligible fantasy value.
Feb 23 - 12:48 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) went through part of practice on Thursday as planned.

He's only played in one game since Jan. 6, but he said he felt good after the limited practice. Coach Brad Stevens didn't even know if Bradley would travel for Friday's game vs. the Raptors, so that's a concern considering Bradley was initially targeting that game for his return. We could have another update soon, but Marcus Smart will continue to benefit if he's out.
Feb 23 - 12:48 PM

Gerald Green sat out Thursday's practice with a sore heel.

His availability for Friday's game vs. the Raptors is unclear, but either way it's unlikely to alter many fantasy lineups. Check back for updates after shootaround.
Feb 23 - 12:47 PM


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