Player News - Celtics

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Avery Bradley (quad) will play in Game 1 against the Cavs on Sunday, as expected.

All signs were pointing towards Bradley being available after he sat out the last few games of the regular-season, and this report confirms it. Boston will need multiple guys to step up in a big way to avoid a sweep by the powerhouse that is the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Apr 17 - 1:05 PM

Kelly Olynyk needed five stitches on the back of his head after he was forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks.

He wasn't able to return, but he should be fine moving forward and we will leave him off the injury report unless we hear anything different. Olynyk played well with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting with five boards, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes, but the Celtics have a very difficult task in front of them as they will have to take on the Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs.
Apr 16 - 12:40 AM

Avery Bradley (quad) should be ready for the playoffs, according to coach Brad Stevens.

He missed his last couple games with a quad injury, but Stevens said after Wednesday's game "he should be ready for the playoffs," as reported by the Associate Press in the game recap.
Apr 16 - 12:36 AM

Luigi Datome, not to be confused with the character your kid uses in Mario Kart, got a start at small forward on Wednesday and hit 9-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 22 points, three rebounds and two assists in a win over the Bucks.

This was a meaningless game and the Celtics were without Avery Bradley (quad), leading to Datome's start. Jonas Jerebko and Kelly Olynyk each scored 16 points, and Jared Sullinger added 11, with all three players coming off the bench. Olynyk left with a head injury tonight and didn't return, so check back for updates on his (and Bradley's) status for Sunday's opening playoff game against the Cavaliers. The Celtics enter the postseason hot, winner's of six straight games, and they'll need everything they can get against the Cavs.

Kelly Olynyk was forced to leave Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks with an injury to the back of his head and he will not return.

He was holding a towel to the back of his head to stop the bleeding, but it doesn't appear to be anything too serious. Olynyk could be tested for a concussion as a precaution, but we will update his status when we know more. He finished with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting with five boards, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 23 minutes.
Apr 15 - 10:24 PM

Jae Crowder is resting his sore ankle on Wednesday night against the Bucks.

Well, there's your explanation as to why Luigi Datome is starting tonight. Datome could get some big minutes in his first NBA start.
Apr 15 - 7:55 PM

Jared Sullinger and the Celtics big men are expected to play regular minutes on Wednesday.

The backcourt guys will rest a bit, but Sullinger, Tyler Zeller, Brandon Bass and Kelly Olynyk should be ready to roll. Use them at your own risk with the Celtics having nothing to play for.
Apr 15 - 7:02 PM

Luigi Datome will start for the Celtics on Wednesday with Avery Bradley (quad) unavailable.

Datome is averaging a mere 9.1 minutes per game in 20 appearances off the bench this year, and this marks his first start of the season. He's worth a glance if you need a quick injection of 3-pointers (0.8 per game), but that's about it.
Apr 15 - 6:47 PM

Isaiah Thomas will rest vs. the Bucks on Wednesday.

The Celtics are already without Avery Bradley (quad) and coach Brad Stevens said that he'll spread minutes evenly across his roster. That could lead to substantial minutes for seldom-used backups like Phil Pressey and James Young, though neither guy is a compelling fantasy play.
Apr 15 - 6:40 PM

Avery Bradley (quad) is not with the Celtics in Milwaukee for Wednesday's game.

It'll likely be Jae Crowder getting the start tonight for Bradley in the season finale. Coach Brad Stevens hinted some of his guys will be on a minutes limit, so we'll pass along any additional info as we receive it. The Celtics have nothing to play for and are locked in as the No. 7 seed.
Apr 15 - 6:18 PM

Evan Turner was busy vs. the visiting Raptors on Tuesday, playing a team-high 31 minutes to finish with 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting, seven rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and seven turnovers.

Turner's usage rate of 19.6 percent ranks fifth among Boston's regular rotation players since the All-Star break, yet he's emerged as a solid mid-round value on the strength of impressive rebounds, steals, and particularly assists, with 8.3 per game in April. His role may diminish next season but he's been a surprising value for owners who held onto him this year.
Apr 14 - 10:30 PM

Jae Crowder sank a tough game-winner from the corner to beat the Raptors on Tuesday, finishing a critical victory with nine points, four rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes.

The Celtics clinched the East's No. 7 seed tonight and they wrap up a back-to-back set on Wednesday, and Brad Stevens said that he'll go "deep" into his bench vs. the Bucks. None of Boston's players logged more than Evan Turner's 31 minutes tonight and we're expecting even thinner playing time on Wednesday.
Apr 14 - 10:29 PM

Isaiah Thomas led Boston's reserves on Tuesday with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, three 3-pointers, one rebound and six assists in 27 minutes.

Thomas was averaging 23.2 points on 51.4 percent in his previous five games, so tonight's inaccuracy can be easily forgiven. He'll be even busier if Avery Bradley's bruised quad keeps him out on Wednesday, though coach Brad Stevens suggested after Tuesday's game that he'll spread minutes thinly across his active lineup.
Apr 14 - 10:27 PM

Kelly Olynyk was held to three points on 1-of-4 shooting in 13 minutes vs. the Raptors on Tuesday, contributing as many personal fouls (four) as rebounds (four).

The future is bright in Boston no matter how far they get in the postseason -- they have a roster laden with young talent, a bushel of draft picks, and a GM who is relentless and opportunistic in trade talks. With only $40-$45 million in guaranteed contracts for the 2015-16 season the Celtics should be quite busy this summer, but for now their focus is squarely on the playoffs.
Apr 14 - 10:27 PM

Avery Bradley will not return to Tuesday's game due to a left quad contusion.

Boston could cement themselves in the No. 7 seed with a win or a Pacers loss on Tuesday, but that's not enough reason to risk aggravating Bradley's injury with the playoffs looming. He finished with 14 points in 21 minutes. If he can't play on Wednesday, more minutes will open up for Isaiah Thomas, Phil Pressey and Jae Crowder.
Apr 14 - 9:07 PM


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