Player News - Celtics

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Coach Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas has frequently asked to play more minutes.

"I'm used to Isaiah jockeying for minutes. He's done it 57 times," Stevens said. Thomas is up to 34.5 minutes per game this season, which is the most he's played since his Kings days in 2013-14 and also ranks 21st in the NBA this season. Stevens almost certainly won't be upping his All-Star's minutes, but Thomas is still going to be an elite fantasy guy going forward.
Feb 18 - 3:48 PM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he doesn't anticipate the Celtics making a major move prior to Thursday's trade deadline.

"When we have a team like we have now, I don’t anticipate a ton of change. But you never know what comes to the table," said Stevens. The Celtics certainly have the assets to pull off a blockbuster deal; however, they've also played extremely well of late and may be hesitant to shake things up. Boston has won 11 of their last 13 games prior to the All-Star break and are just three games behind the Cavs for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Source: CSN NE
Feb 18 - 11:08 AM

Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points during a 104-103 loss to the Bulls on Thursday, adding three rebounds, seven assists and four 3-pointers.

The other four starters scored a combined 29 points to match IT4 in this loss. Thomas set the franchise record for most 20-plus scoring games in a row with 41 to pass John Havlicek. He also has a chance to be the first Celtic ever to lead the NBA in scoring per game. Although, he still need 1.2 points per game to catch Russell Westbrook. IT has been a top-10 player in standard leagues this season.
Feb 16 - 10:39 PM

Kelly Olynyk scored 17 points with seven rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He's tearing it up again over his last five, averaging 16.0 points, 7.0 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 2.2 treys on 64.6 percent from the field in 27.4 minutes per game. We've seen these Olynyk stretches before and KO is only putting up value around 125 in standard leagues over his last 15, so he's only a borderline add in 12-team formats, especially with Avery Bradley (Achilles) coming back soon.
Feb 16 - 10:35 PM

Marcus Smart made just 1-of-5 from the field for five points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover in 33 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He had a huge defensive play on the second-to-last possession, but fouled Jimmy Butler with 0.9 seconds left in regulation on the last Chicago play. Although, it was a very questionable foul call from the refs. Anyway, Smart's red-hot shooting came to a screeching halt with his game, which surprises nobody. After the break, Smart should likely drop below the 30-minute mark most nights due to the depth likely coming back. As long as you're OK with subpar shooting, Smart could be a solid hold for you.
Feb 16 - 10:31 PM

James Young scored five points with one rebound and one 3-pointer in nine minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He continues to get some crunch-time minutes. Yeah, this is due to some injuries, but Young was the likely the last player to make the roster back in October. He's always been on thin ice with the Celtics fan base, especially when fellow shooting guard Rodney Hood was picked after him. While Young gets some props, he has almost no fantasy value.
Feb 16 - 10:29 PM

Gerald Green (heel) scored six points with three rebounds and two 3-pointers in 12 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He was unlikely to play, but he have the Celtics some decent minutes with a +4 in +/- today. Green has clearly benefited with Avery Bradley (Achilles) and Jaylen Brown (hip) out, so he may fall out of the rotation after the break.
Feb 16 - 10:28 PM

Terry Rozier played 23 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists, one block and three 3-pointers.

Those treys are the most he's made in a game, which was a concern for him coming out of Louisville. Rozier has played 19 minutes per game this month, but that'll almost certainly be dropping after the break once Avery Bradley (Achilles) and Jaylen Brown (hip) are back. He hasn't quite lived up to some local hype from the preseason, but he's still a solid backup guard on a deep team.
Feb 16 - 10:26 PM

Gerald Green (heel) is "questionable at best" for Thursday against the Bulls, according to coach Brad Stevens.

He wants to play, but the coaching staff may have the last say. If he can't go, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart could see a few extra minutes. Smart has been absolutely on fire and needs to be owned everywhere.
Feb 16 - 6:34 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) said he's targeting a return on Feb. 24 against the Raptors, the first game after the All-Star break.

"I want to play and play through it," Bradley said of the Celtics' decision to shut him down until the break. "But the team advised me that it's just not the time to take that risk right now with something potentially happening with my Achilles, or a different injury." He added that he's been pain-free for a while, but he's going to ramp up his activities this week and his owners can look forward to having back in their lineups on Feb. 24.
Source: MetroWest
Feb 16 - 10:53 AM

Marcus Smart was a dominant force during Wednesday's home win, stealing the ball eight times while making 7-of-11 shots to finish with 21 points, three 3-pointers, five rebounds, five assists and one block.

Smart also commited six turnovers in 34 minutes, but who cares? He said after the game that he's never felt more comfortable in a Celtics uniform, which is ironic since his name continues to surface in trade rumors. Boston has now won 11 of their last 12 games, a stretch that's even more impressive due to the absence of Avery Bradley (Achilles). Bradley could return soon after the All-Star break, threatening Smart's starting role and playing time, but owners should obviously hold on tight here.
Feb 15 - 10:52 PM

Kelly Olynyk stayed hot vs. the Sixers on Wednesday with a 6-of-8 mark from the field, hitting two 3-pointers to finish with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Olynyk did his damage in just 26 minutes and he's now shooting 64.4 percent in Boston's past five games. His strong play has been enough for value in most leagues, and it's helped the Celtics improve their record to 37-19, keeping them three games ahead of the No. 3 seed Wizards in the East.
Feb 15 - 10:50 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 33 points to help Boston beat the Sixers on Wednesday, sinking 9-of-19 FGs and 11-of-13 FTs with four 3-pointers, four boards and three assists.

Thomas tied John Havlicek's franchise record with at least 20 points in 40 consecutive games, and he's likely to break the record vs. Chicago on Thursday. "Red Auerbach always said it’s not how fast you are, it’s how quick you are," Havlicek said. "[Thomas] certainly is quick with the ball and he’s also low to the ground and gets to places where other people can’t because of their size. I think he’s been an absolute delight to watch." Thomas' fantasy owners are nodding in agreement.
Feb 15 - 10:49 PM

Gerald Green (bruised left heel) is questionable to return to Wednesday's game.

He has since returned to the bench, which is a good sign. If he can't return, Terry Rozier should benefit the most.
Feb 15 - 8:21 PM

Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play in the Celtics final two games prior to the All-Star break.

He's going to miss both Wednesday's game vs. the 76ers as well as Thursday's matchup against the Bulls, but he's reportedly pain-free and has been going through two-a-day workouts since February 8, so he has a good shot of getting back on the court following the All-Star break. Marcus Smart will continue to start in his absence with Isaiah Thomas running the show on offense.
Feb 15 - 5:56 PM


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