Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Jae Crowder said he wants the Celtics to show more toughness on the defensive end.

Crowder didn't like the fact that the Celtics allowed 121 points in the loss to the Pistons on Wednesday, and called on his team to buckle down defensively. "I think we have to get a little more nastier on the defensive end," Crowder said. "Not let a team come in and get comfortable. It's not been an ongoing thing; it happened today and it happened a couple games but, for the most part, we've been trying to impose our will first." The 26-year-old is no longer on a minutes limit and can be deployed as an early-round value in all fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN
Dec 1 - 9:15 AM

Kelly Olynyk got hot vs. the Pistons on Wednesday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-9 shots with a 3-of-4 mark from downtown.

Olynyk added three rebounds and two assists without any defensive stats, but his efforts weren't enough to avoid a disappointing home loss. His playing time had been depressed lately and we'll need to see him play 25+ minutes in a few more games before biting in standard leagues.
Nov 30 - 10:40 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 27 points in a losing effort on Wednesday, going 10-of-20 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

Thomas made three 3-pointers with four assists and just two turnovers, but he didn't have any rebounds, steals or blocks. He's been a steady third-round fantasy value this year, proving impervious to the addition of Al Horford and the improved play of guys like Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder.
Nov 30 - 10:39 PM

Al Horford returned from a personal absence on Wednesday with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes, going 3-of-5 from the field with one 3-pointer.

Horford missed one game following the birth of his child and he was curiously quiet on offense tonight, operating more as a passer out of the post. "That’s the first thing I saw when I looked at the stat sheet," said Brad Stevens, referring to Horford's five shot attempts. "It’s not enough, I know that." Fantasy owners should expect another stat-stuffing line vs. the Kings on Friday.
Nov 30 - 10:39 PM

Marcus Smart struggled from the field on Wednesday, making 4-of-14 shots to finish with 12 points, two 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and one steal.

Smart launched seven triples in his first 11 minutes on the court, which probably isn't what Brad Stevens drew up for the career 29.6 percent 3-point shooter. He took a hit to the back of his head tonight but stayed in the game and should be fine -- we'll let you know if his status is jeopardized for Friday's game vs. the Kings.
Nov 30 - 10:38 PM

Coach Brad Stevens suggested Jae Crowder doesn't have a minutes limit anymore.

He played 32 minutes on Monday, so this news is expected. Crowder has slightly cooled off after a terrific start and preseason, but he's likely to get hot again very soon. He's a must-start option in all leagues and could flirt with early-round value.
Nov 30 - 5:49 PM

Al Horford (wife had a baby) was back at practice on Tuesday.

There's nothing suggesting that Horford will miss Wednesday's game against the Pistons, so owners can plan on having him active tomorrow. Horford's return to action will send Tyler Zeller back to the bench, and Kelly Olynyk's playing time will take a hit.
Nov 29 - 3:12 PM

Marcus Smart played 33 minutes off the bench on Monday and had 12 points, two rebounds, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer for the Celtics.

He snapped a four-game streak in single-digit scoring, but posted an otherwise lackluster line. He looks like a buy-low player to us right now, although the fact he'll never be a dynamic scorer hurts his fantasy ceiling quite a bit. But the minutes are there and the production should follow, even if he's not a dynamic scorer. He was in foul trouble tonight, finishing with five of them, or his line might have been a little better.
Nov 28 - 10:33 PM

Kelly Olynyk came off the bench and hit 5-of-7 shots, two 3-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws for 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 20 minutes on Monday.

Al Horford (personal) was out and Tyler Zeller started, allowing Olynyk to see some extra minutes off the bench tonight. However, Horford will be back for the next one, so both Zeller and Oly aren't all that appealing going forward.
Nov 28 - 10:30 PM

Avery Bradley hit 8-of-16 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, six rebounds and two assists in 39 minutes of Monday's win over the Heat.

He didn't commit a turnover and is in the midst of a great season. The fact he's leading the Celtics in rebounding continues to baffle most observers, but Al Horford and Jae Crowder are finally getting healthy, and could change that in a hurry. It will be hard for Bradley to keep this up all season, but so far he's shown no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Nov 28 - 10:27 PM

Isaiah Thomas hit just 7-of-23 shots and 2-of-10 3-pointers, but also made all nine of his free throws en route to 25 points, four rebounds, eight assists, a steal and just one turnover in 35 minutes of Monday's win over the Heat.

Not the most efficient night for IT2, but the free throws and lack of TOs were nice. He's having a big season, but his 37 percent shooting from the floor over his last five games is a bit of a buzzkill. Hopefully his shots start falling again sooner than later.
Nov 28 - 10:25 PM

Tyler Zeller started at center on Monday and hit 4-of-7 shots for 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block in 25 minutes.

Al Horford wasn't with the team due to the birth of a child, but will be back on Tuesday. And that means Zeller will return to his bench role for their next game. If you started him tonight he was serviceable, but he's not worth using going forward as long as Horford is healthy and playing.
Nov 28 - 10:20 PM

Jae Crowder celebrated the lifting of his minutes restriction on Monday by racking up 17 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 6-of-11 shooting in 32 minutes of Monday's win over the Heat.

If an impatient owner dropped him when he was hurt, congratulations are in order if you were able to pick him up. Crowder's ankle could become an issue later on, but for now, he looks like a must-start fantasy player until further notice.
Nov 28 - 10:18 PM

Tyler Zeller will start as expected on Monday vs. the Heat.

The Celtics will need his size against Hassan Whiteside, so Kelly Olynyk will come off the bench. Al Horford (personal) will be back with the team on Tuesday, so there's no need to grab Zeller off the waiver wire.
Nov 28 - 7:05 PM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens is leaning towards starting Tyler Zeller on Monday vs. the Heat.

Kelly Olynyk was the usual starter when Al Horford (personal) missed time with a concussion, but it makes sense to go big with Zeller to match up with Hassan Whiteside. Even if Zeller starts, he's a low-end option in most formats.
Nov 28 - 6:11 PM


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