Player News - Celtics

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Al Horford scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and five turnover during a 92-88 win over the Warriors on Thursday.

He was the best Celtic in this game and helped keep the Warriors to their lowest score since Kevin Durant joined forces with Stephen Curry and company. The Celtics went on a 19-4 run to close out the third to help them tie the game up heading into the fourth quarter. After their 0-2 start, the Celtics have their longest winning streak since 2010 and already have a three-game cushion for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Horford is locked and loaded as an early-round player at a premium position.
Nov 16 - 11:52 PM

Kyrie Irving made 4-of-16 from the field for 16 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in a win over the Warriors on Thursday.

He was very quiet to start the game, but he came through late and drew a foul on a drive with 14 seconds left to give the Celtics a two-point lead after the makes at the line. Perhaps he started slow because of the mask, but he ditched it in the second half and coach Brad Stevens said the decision to take it off was between Irving and the trainer. Irving was not having much success in isolation early in the year, but he's already been able climb out of that hole. He'll be flirting with first-round value all season.
Nov 16 - 11:47 PM

Marcus Morris scored 12 points in a start against the Warriors on Thursday with four rebounds, one assist, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers.

Now that he doesn't have a minute limit, Morris seems to have found himself. In his last five, he's averaged 14.6 points, 5.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals and 2.0 treys. He doesn't have much upside and doesn't do much on defensive stats, so he's only a borderline hold.
Nov 16 - 11:41 PM

Jaylen Brown scored 22 points with seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes during a win over the Warriors on Thursday.

After just one 20-plus scoring game in his rookie season, a 20-point game is not surprising for Brown anymore with four of those in this young season. He does have a handful of duds mixed in and he has to improve on his 63.6 perfect from the line, but Brown is cruising with averages of 15.1 points, 6.8 boards, 1.1. assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 treys. There's still room for him to improve on his current 12th-round value in standard leagues, especially if he can up his efficiency.
Nov 16 - 11:31 PM

Jayson Tatum made 2-of-5 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line for 12 points against the Warriors on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 27 minutes.

He does not play like a 19-year-old rookie whatsoever. Tatum played great defense all game and knocked down two clutch free throws with seven seconds left to put Boston up four. Tatum has been efficient almost every game and he's avoided bad games night in and night out. In fact, Tatum's season low for TS% in a game is 43.3, which is more than Lonzo Ball's 36.4 TS%. Tatum is going to be a fantasy stud sooner than almost anyone thought.
Nov 16 - 11:20 PM

Marcus Smart missed all seven shots from the field against the Warriors on Thursday, making one free throw with seven rebounds, three assists, one block, two steals and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

Yeah, so about those videos of him making 20 gazillion-bajillion triples over the summer. Sure, Skinny Smart has really made an impact on defense, rebounding and even passing at times, but he's now down to just 26.8 percent from the field on the season. He has a chance to average five boards, six assists and two steals, but goodness he can't hit a jumper. If you have him, hopefully you're punting FG% or it doesn't count in your league.
Nov 16 - 11:15 PM

Kyrie Irving said that playing with a mask somewhat blocks his peripheral vision.

"It's almost like having somewhat foggy blinders on," Irving said. "When I take off the mask, I can see everything. And when I have the mask on, I'm really dialed into what's in front of me. My peripherals are a little cut off, up and down. It's something to get used to." Irving also said that he chose to wear the clear mask instead of the black one as the black one completely blocks his peripheral vision, and while he clearly doesn't enjoy wearing it at all, this isn't going to be something that significantly affects his play.
Source: ESPN
Nov 15 - 12:01 PM

Marcus Smart came off the bench with the return of Kyrie Irving, but still played 35 minutes, hitting 1-of-8 shots for six points, five rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in Tuesday's win over the Nets.

Smart's shot looks broken and he's hit just 12-of-50 shots over his last five games, good for just 24 percent shooting. He's doing a good job with rebounds, assists, steals and 3-pointers, and is a good free throw shooter, but he can hurt your fantasy team's field goal percentage in a hurry. Start him at your own risk.
Nov 14 - 10:18 PM

Aron Baynes moved back to the bench on Tuesday and missed all four of his shots, finishing with zero points, two rebounds and two blocks in just 12 minutes against the Nets.

Baynes has had a few decent games this season, but they usually come when the Celtics play a big lineup and start him. If he's not in the starting lineup for the Celtics, you probably don't want him in any of yours.
Nov 14 - 10:15 PM

Kyrie Irving returned from his facial injury and hit 8-of-20 shots and two 3-pointers for 25 points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 29 minutes in Tuesday's 109-102 win over the Nets.

Irving only missed two games (one full, played 2 minutes in the other) with the injury and looked great tonight. The mask appeared to be bothering him when the clock was stopped, but when he was moving and into the game, it appeared to have no effect. Hopefully you had him in your lineup tonight, as the 25 points tied for his second highest scoring game of the season. Irving hasn't been blowing anyone's mind with his fantasy play this season, but he's rolling and the Celtics have won 13 straight games.
Nov 14 - 10:11 PM

Jayson Tatum started alongside Marcus Morris on Tuesday and hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 19 points, four rebounds, two steals and a block in 30 minutes.

Tatum has scored in double figures in seven of his eight November games and doesn't really look like a rookie. And the fact he tossed in the steals, block and 3-pointers is icing on the cake. And after losing their first two games of the season, the Celtics have now rattled off 13 straight wins.
Nov 14 - 10:06 PM

Marcus Morris hit 8-of-12 shots and two 3-pointers for a season-high 21 points, 10 rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's win over the Nets.

Morris has been a bit hit-or-miss, but is playing pretty well for the Celtics. He caught fire in the fourth quarter tonight and scored 11 points in the decisive quarter. He's a decent add in 12-team leagues, despite the presence of Jayson Tatum.
Nov 14 - 10:01 PM

Al Horford hit 8-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and a steal in 30 minutes of Tuesday's 109-102 win over the Nets.

Horford's been back for two games since his concussion and hasn't done much, other than make 16-of-19 shots, hit a couple threes, and average 19 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals. This is going much better than when he took a long time to get back on track after a concussion last season. Oh, and the Celtics have won 13 straight games since starting out the season 0-2.
Nov 14 - 9:57 PM

Aron Baynes will be replaced by Marcus Morris in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

Baynes' stats as a reserve are similar to his numbers as a starter. In fact, he's actually averaging more points (7.0) off the bench than as a starter (6.4). Either way, he's not worth a roster spot in standard-sized leagues.
Nov 14 - 6:18 PM

With Kyrie Irving (face) returning to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nets, Marcus Smart will head back to the bench.

Smart started Sunday in place of Irving and finished with 14 points, nine assists, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, two steals and two turnovers in 32 minutes. In the 10 games he's come off the bench this season, he is averaging 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists in 27.7 minutes.
Nov 14 - 6:13 PM


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