Player News - Celtics

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Brandon Bass led the Celtics with 15 points on Tuesday, making 7-of-15 shots with five boards, one assist and three turnovers vs. the Cavs.

He played 27 minutes, more than any player except Evan Turner (six points, seven assists), and the only other Celtic in double-digits was Isaiah Thomas (11 points). Bass is a sketchy fantasy option even with Kelly Olynyk (ankle) on the sidelines, but he and the Celtics should bounce back quickly on Wednesday.
Mar 3 - 9:32 PM

Jae Crowder, who had a career-high 17 rebounds on Sunday, finished Tuesday's road loss with four points (1-of-5 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), two rebounds and two assists off the bench.

Crowder deserves a pass for this dud. The Celtics were destroyed by the Cavs and he'd been great over his previous five games, averaging 15.0 points, 2.6 triples, 8.6 boards, 2.0 assists and 0.8 steals in under 29 minutes. His bench role gives him minimal room for error, but he should fare better during Wednesday's home game vs. Utah.
Mar 3 - 9:32 PM

Marcus Smart missed all five of his field goals on Tuesday to finish an ugly loss in Cleveland with two points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 22 minutes.

Smart wasn't the only player to struggle -- the Celtics shot 35.2 percent as a team including a 7-of-28 mark from downtown, and they lost the game by 31 points. Smart has been clinging to late-round value in 12-team leagues despite Isaiah Thomas' arrival, but his percentages (37.5 percent FGs, 64.6 percent FTs) have been a season-long drag for owners.
Mar 3 - 9:31 PM

James Young scored nine points in 17 minutes off the Celtics' bench on Tuesday, going 2-of-5 from downtown and 3-of-3 at the free throw line.

He's shooting 4-of-16 in his past four games and has failed to capitalize on the minutes afforded him by coach Brad Stevens. Young should stick in the rotation with Boston emphasizing player development down the stretch, but he's clearly not a fantasy asset.
Mar 3 - 9:31 PM

Avery Bradley made 3-of-9 shots to finish Tuesday's blowout loss with seven points, one rebound, one assist and zero steals in 24 minutes.

He's a combined 21-of-56 from the field over his past four games, a 37.5 percent mark that is doing his fantasy owners no favors. Bradley offers a trickle of boards and assists but his fantasy value is pegged to scoring, 3-pointers and steals, so an extended slump would be bad news. Hopefully he can find the range vs. Utah's defense on Wednesday.
Mar 3 - 9:30 PM

Tyler Zeller played only 12 minutes during Tuesday's game, scoring four points and grabbing three rebounds without any steals or blocks.

Brad Stevens isn't shy about deploying small lineups and it didn't help that Boston trailed by 25 points at halftime. Zeller's late-round value should vanish whenever Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is healthy enough to return, so don't pass up a more promising free agent to cling to Zeller.
Mar 3 - 9:27 PM

Kelly Olynyk (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Cavs.

With Olynyk unavailable, Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, and Jonas Jerebko will continue to man Boston's frontcourt, with Bass and Zeller offering the most upside. Boston plays at home against Utah on Wednesday, and we'll be considering Olynyk questionable for that one.
Mar 3 - 5:40 PM

The Celtics are planning on making a splash in free agency this summer, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

Kyler reports that Kevin Love will top the Celtics' offseason wish list, while Greg Monroe, Marc Gasol, Kawhi Leonard, and Jimmy Butler are other players Danny Ainge covets. There's a good chance that all of those players return to their current teams, but the Celtics have the cap room to make a max offer and seem intent on going down swinging, at the very least.

Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is unsure if he'll be able to play against the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Olynyk will test his ankle in shootaround before making a decision on whether to play Tuesday night. The big man has been out since late-January with his ankle injury, but seems to be on the precipice of a return to the court. Olynyk will join a frontcourt logjam with Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, Jae Crowder, and Jonas Jerebko upon his return, so his fantasy value will likely be limited to deeper leagues barring an injury.

Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is making progress, but there is no timetable for his return.

"I’m just letting it play out," he said. "It’s tough. It’s real tough. . . . The fact that you could go probably, but you just want to make sure you’re helping your team; you’re not a detriment. You know, you can do the things you want to do out there." Although he's progressing, it doesn't like sound the Celtics or Olynyk are rushing his return. The Celtics will have a logjam when Olynyk returns with Brandon Bass, Tyler Zeller, Jonas Jerebko, Evan Turner and Jae Crowder all occupying minutes along the frontline.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens praised Isaiah Thomas' ability to penetrate into the lane as a key that makes him successful.

"We started the season playing very skilled at the 4 and the 5, but I think the ability to get in the paint, again, off of his (Thomas’) creation — but then the next guy getting into the paint because of it — is probably the key," Stevens said. It's not just Thomas creating opportunities for himself, but also his teammates that have him faring so well in Boston. He's a must-own, must-start player.
Mar 2 - 11:05 AM

Jae Crowder reeled in a career-high 17 rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench on Sunday, adding nine points, one 3-pointer, two assists and one block.

His previous season-high was seven boards and this was obviously a fluke, but his season-high 17 shot attempts are the culmination of a trend -- he's taken double-digit shots in six straight games. Crowder is a sneaky late-round value in 9-cat leagues where his 0.6 turnovers give him a sizeable boost.
Mar 1 - 9:47 PM

Brandon Bass threw down a vicious dunk over Andrew Bogut on Sunday, finishing the Celtics' tough loss with 15 points, 12 rebounds and one assist.

The Celtics led this game by 26 points but let it slip away in the second half, eventually falling 101-106 to the Warriors. Bass made 6-of-12 shots and 3-of-4 free throws, and his highlight-reel dunk can be viewed via the link below. He's a solid player to own while Jared Sullinger (foot) and Kelly Olynyk (ankle) are both out of commission, but his role may soon dwindle with Olynyk nearing a return.
Source: Vine
Mar 1 - 8:44 PM

Kelly Olynyk (ankle) didn't play on Sunday, as expected.

This makes 17 straight DNPs for Olynyk, whose next chance to return comes in Cleveland on Tuesday. He has intriguing rest-of-season upside in Boston's frontcourt, but first he'll need to regain his conditioning after such a long layoff.
Mar 1 - 8:42 PM

Avery Bradley struggled shooting on Sunday, going 5-of-17 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, two assists and zero 3-pointers, steals or blocks.

Bradley was busy defensively vs. the Warriors' backcourt, which may have contributed to his offensive struggles, and fantasy owners can take solace in his hefty usage rate tonight, which led all starters. Bradley is a solid rest-of-season fantasy option despite his occasionally damaging field goal percentages.
Mar 1 - 8:42 PM


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