Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Jonas Jerebko (sore knee) will be available to play Wednesday vs. Milwaukee.

Jerebko will resume his limited bench role with Boston at full strength, meaning he's not going to be earning enough minutes tonight to matter in any setting.
Mar 29 - 6:01 PM

Guerschon Yabusele has officially joined Boston's D-League affiliate, the Main Red Claws.

Yabusele came back stateside on March 16 after wrapping up his season in the CBA where he compiled averages of 20.9 points and 9.4 rebounds, but it took him a while to get his US work visa approved. There's a chance he could be suiting up for the Red Claws on Friday, but it's extremely unlikely he'll make a meaningful impact with the Celtics this season.
Mar 29 - 11:00 AM

Jonas Jerebko was unable to finish practice on Tuesday due to a sore knee.

At this point, we have to consider Jerebko questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks. The fantasy impact is minimal, as he is averaging just 11.1 minutes per game over his last four appearances. Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller may see a few extra minutes if Jerebko does not play on Wednesday.
Mar 28 - 1:50 PM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he isn't concerned about Marcus Smart's shooting slump.

Smart is shooting just 29.8 percent from the field and 17.6 percent from 3-point range in March, but he's helping out in other areas. "You know what? I've said this before. Hey, Marcus could score 30 in a game and hit every shot, or he could score zero and not hit his shots, and his two biggest strengths are still his competitiveness and his brains," Stevens said. "He's really smart, and he's really tough. And those two things mean more than any points or no points that he could score." He's averaging 10.2 points, 4.5 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.7 triples in March, so he's still a decent asset in points formats even when his shot isn't falling.
Source: ESPN
Mar 27 - 9:17 AM

Avery Bradley (illness) was able to score eight points with two assists and a rebound in 31 minutes Sunday against the Heat.

Bradley was a question mark due to illness, and he struggled with his shot a bit. The guard misfired on seven of his 11 field goal attempts, including all four from behind the arc. Despite the fact he didn't quite look 100 percent it appears safe to get him into the active fantasy lineup for the upcoming week.
Mar 26 - 10:18 PM

Jae Crowder connected on 8-of-13 from the field to finish with 25 points, six rebounds, two steals, two blocked shots and an assist in 36 minutes Sunday against the Heat.

Crowder has been a big part of Boston's resurgence, as they pulled into a tie with the Cleveland Cavaliers atop the Eastern Conference standings. The former Marquette star, who was drafted, ironically, by the Cavs in the second round in 2012, is averaging 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game over his past six outings.
Mar 26 - 9:29 PM

Amir Johnson hit all six of his field goal attempts in Sunday's 112-108 win against the Heat, finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

Johnson was up for this game, hitting his only 3-pointer attempt and converting his only try from the free throw stripe, too. Don't get terribly carried away by his performance, however, as it was just his third double-digit point total of March and fourth time eclipsing 10 points over the past 22 contests. His fantasy appeal remains limited to the deepest of formats despite his inclusion in the starting five.
Mar 26 - 9:23 PM

Isaiah Thomas finished with 30 points, three assists, two rebounds and two 3-pointers over 35 minutes in Sunday's 112-108 win against the Heat.

Thomas pulled even with Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook for the NBA lead with 20 or more points in 65 games this season. The big win helped the Celtics pull even with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Perhaps the solid play of Thomas and the Celtics will help fantasy owners of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and company, as the Cavs won't rest their starters as much down the stretch.
Mar 26 - 9:20 PM

Avery Bradley (illness) said that he will play Sunday vs. the Heat.

Bradley went through shootaround, and there's been no discussion of a minutes limit, so owners can feel free to get him active. With Bradley back in action, Jaylen Brown will more than likely shift back to the second unit, and Marcus Smart will likely see his minutes reduced to the 20s.
Mar 26 - 3:51 PM

Avery Bradley (illness) was with the Celtics during shootaround on Sunday, but his status for the matchup vs. Miami is still uncertain.

It's unclear how active Bradley was, but his very presence is encouraging after his recent hospitalization. Check back closer to tip-off for confirmation, one way or the other. If he can't suit up, expect Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown to gain the most in his absence.
Mar 26 - 3:09 PM

Al Horford said he's taking less 3-pointers per game because he's trying to be more aggressive in the paint.

After averaging 4.1 triples per game through the first four months of the season, Horford is only attempting 1.7 per game in March. "With the 3-point shot, I’ve been working on it quite a bit. I feel confident about taking them when I’m open, taking them when they’re there, and just being a little more selective with the shots that I take." His fantasy owners probably don't mind, as his FG percentage is way up and he's averaging 8.9 points in the paint over his last 13 games. He's been a top-10 player in standard leagues over the last couple weeks and is peaking at the perfect time for fantasy owners.
Mar 26 - 10:26 AM

Avery Bradley (illness) wasn't released from the hospital Saturday morning.

That obviously doesn't bode well for his chances to play on Sunday. The Celtics are only 0.5 games behind the Cavs, so Bradley probably would want to be out there. If he can't, Jaylen Brown figures to get another start and maybe Marcus Smart can do better than the 1-of-13 he had on Friday.
Mar 25 - 11:59 PM

Avery Bradley (gastroenteritis) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Sunday's matchup against Miami.

Bradley had to stay overnight in the hospital on Friday to make sure he remained hydrated, so it was expected he would be labeled as questionable in the game notes for Sunday's contest. Still, this doesn't give us much insight into the actual chances of him suiting up vs. the Heat. We may have to wait until the Celtics shootaround on Sunday morning to get a reliable update on Bradley's status.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 25 - 1:47 PM

Jaylen Brown admitted he is fighting to break through the "rookie wall."

Prior to starting in place of Avery Bradley (illness) on Friday, Brown was averaging just 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in his previous five games. "Everybody hits a rookie wall," Brown said. "I think I've definitely hit it. If it's not physically, it's mentally. It's a part of the game. Everybody has to get adjusted. Nobody is superhuman." Brown bounced back with a solid game on Friday (nine points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes) but is still too risky of a fantasy option to trust going forward.
Mar 25 - 1:19 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored 34 points during a 130-120 win over the Suns on Friday, adding two rebounds, seven assists and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

Usually, a win with a team-high 34 points when your team dropped 130 would be the headline, but not when Devin Booker more than doubled it tonight. Thomas has to be pleased about getting this win, especially after the Celtics blew their last game in Phoenix earlier this month. Thomas' Celtics are just 1.0 games behind the Cavs and he really wants that No. 1 seed, so he's not likely to rest until the Boston seed is locked up.
Mar 24 - 11:27 PM


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