Player News - Celtics

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Jae Crowder scored 11 points with six rebounds, three assists, one block and no turnovers in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

He's been handling the ball a lot more than usual and his assists have been up lately. Crowder's contract is a mega bargain and he'll be ready to roll as Boston's small forward for next year. He'll be a mid-round pick in fantasy once again.
May 25 - 10:59 PM

Marcus Smart made 2-of-7 from the field for six points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

He was a little sloppy in this game and Kyrie Irving also took him to the cleaners on the defensive end. It's still unclear how much time Isaiah Thomas (hip) is going to miss, but it's possible he could be limited in training camp. Smart never really grew on the offensive side and once again his main goal this summer will be to work on his jumper. It'll be interesting to see how he fits with the Celtics having the top pick in the draft.
May 25 - 10:58 PM

Kelly Olynyk scored seven points in the starting lineup on Thursday, adding four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

The Cavs were able to get Olynyk switched on LeBron James quite a bit in this game, and you can imagine how that turned out. Olynyk's epic Game 7 against the Wizards was a career highlight, but he didn't fare well in this series on the defensive end.
May 25 - 10:58 PM

Jaylen Brown (hip) went to the locker room in the second half and did not return.

He did limp to the locker room under his own power. Brown was playing through a hip pointer in this game, so he may have aggravated it. The Cal product did have a solid finish to his rookie season and is likely looking at a bigger role next year. He'll be a late-round in standard leagues.
May 25 - 10:57 PM

Amir Johnson scored one point with three rebounds in six minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

He didn't play in the first half and wasn't really in the rotation until this game got out of hand. Johnson is going to be a free agent this summer and it's possible the Celtics don't bring him back after an underwhelming finish to his season.
May 25 - 10:56 PM

Jae Crowder (groin) is in the starting lineup on Thursday.

He was listed as probable due to a groin strain from Tuesday night. Crowder has said he's "fine" from this issue, so expect him to get minutes in the upper 30s today.
May 25 - 6:55 PM

Amir Johnson (shoulder) is available to play against the Cavs on Thursday.

Johnson was available to play on Tuesday, but coach Brad Stevens went with more Kelly Olynyk. Johnson may not be in the rotation again tonight.
May 25 - 6:53 PM

Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5 against the Cavs on Thursday.

He did wince a little at shootaround, so he's not 100 percent. Brown played 20 minutes in Game 4 and just 13 in Game 3, so he's likely looking at minutes in the teens for today. The Celtics will likely have a similar nine-man rotation today.
May 25 - 6:51 PM

Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Kelly Olynyk will start against the Cavs on Thursday.

Olynyk had a strong run in the two Cleveland games, averaging 15.0 points in 24.5 minutes. He should get a similar amount of minutes even if Amir Johnson is in the rotation.
May 25 - 6:42 PM

Isaiah Thomas (hip) won't decide on a treatment plan until the swelling in his hip goes down according to GM Danny Ainge.

"We don’t know if he needs surgery or what kind of surgery, or if that is a choice," Ainge said. "We’ll wait until the hip calms down, do more tests and get more opinions." There's still no word of a timetable, but Ainge added that it will be couple more weeks until a decision is made on a treatment plan. The Celtics are expected to draft Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the draft, but both players have talked about how they can coexist together and Thomas' fantasy value should be fine.
Source: CBS Boston
May 25 - 1:16 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is in a "lot of pain."

Ainge still called Brown questionable, so it sounds like he's shaping up to be a game-time call. Brown has had a strong run in the playoffs and is arguably Boston's best defensive option on LeBron James, so it will be a huge blow for the Celtics if he can't go. Expect to see some bigger lineups if Brown can't play with more minutes falling to Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko.
May 25 - 10:06 AM

Amir Johnson (right shoulder sprain) is probable for Game 5 on Thursday.

If not for Kyrie Irving going off, the Celtics may have tied this series with Johnson out for Game 4. While Johnson may be ready to play, coach Brad Stevens may opt to leave his usual starter out of the rotation for this one. If he's not going to play, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko will get more run.
May 24 - 5:19 PM

Jae Crowder (left groin strain) is listed as probable for Game 5 on Thursday.

He suffered the injury on Tuesday and he did say he was "fine" after the game. Crowder has the unenviable task of guarding LeBron James and he's also contributing on the offensive side, averaging 15.5 points per game on a tidy 61.2 true shooting percentage in this series vs. Cleveland. He's almost a lock to play at home.
May 24 - 5:16 PM

Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.

He's been a key piece to the Celtics these days, especially with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for the season. Brown played 20 minutes in Game 4 and he's likely looking at more minutes, assuming he's healthy enough to go. If he can't go at home, there should be more big-ball lineups with Jonas Jerebko while Kelly Olynyk may play more.
May 24 - 5:09 PM

Kelly Olynyk started Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday and scored 15 points in 26 minutes.

He started in place of Amir Johnson (shoulder) and finished 7-of-14 from the field with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks, but he missed both of his 3-point attempts. Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice scoring punch in the first unit, but he was also exposed on the defensive end several times. Coach Brad Stevens has been indecisive with his starting lineups during the playoffs, so it's anybody's guess as to what he will do in Game 5 with Boston's season on the line.
May 24 - 12:11 AM


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