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Marcus Smart (thumb) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 5 against Milwaukee.

Smart said that the plan was for him to get back to the court for Game 6, so we'd consider him closer to the doubtful tag for Tuesday's game. Either way, he's on the cusp of a return, and once he does get back out there, Shane Larkin could drop from the rotation entirely. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround.
Apr 23 - 5:17 PM

Marcus Smart (thumb) is only expected to miss one more game.

"Right now, [a Game 6 return is] the plan and we’re still on the same track," Smart said. "I’ve been doing everything but contact, so I will be able to go and start that." He will have to wear a splint on his hand, but Smart doesn't think it will be an issue. "It feels like nothing’s there," he said. "To have that comfortability, especially in my dominant hand, my shooting hand, that’s a good feeling to have."
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 9:50 AM

Jaylen Brown scored a career-high 34 points on 13-of-24 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Bucks, adding five treys, eight boards, three steals and one assist over 41 minutes.

Brown essentially single-handedly kept the Celtics in the game, helping Boston go on a huge second-half surge to bring down a 20-point deficit to just eight heading into the final frame of action, but ultimately, it was not enough to deliver the win. He also went 3-of-4 from the charity stripe to give him a sterling 66.0 true shooting percentage to accompany his 28.4 usage rate, but aside from Jayson Tatum (21 points, two triples, three boards, three dimes and two steals), he didn’t receive much help from his teammates on the offensive end.
Apr 22 - 4:26 PM

Terry Rozier couldn't buy a bucket during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Bucks, going 3-of-12 from the field (2-of-10 from 3-point range) on his way to 10 points over 36 minutes.

Rozier added eight assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and one turnover while he was out there, but he didn't get his first shot to drop until midway through the second quarter, and this was the second game in a row he failed to do much for Boston. As a team, the Celtics seriously struggled through the first half of action, connecting on just 23.8% of their attempts in the paint, which accounted for their worst performance through any half of basketball this season.
Apr 22 - 4:15 PM

Marcus Smart (thumb) is making a lot of progress and could be cleared to play any day now.

"He’s doing everything in a workout that you can do," coach Brad Stevens said. "It’s just a matter of being cleared for live play." The Celtics are worried about Smart tweaking the injury if he returns too soon, so that's the holdup right now. "I think it’s just a matter of you have to have that post-surgery healed enough to be able to take a hit even with a brace on it," Stevens added. Smart will be re-evaluated on Tuesday and has a legitimate shot of playing in Game 6 on Thursday.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 22 - 10:02 AM

Coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart (thumb) will see a doctor next week, and he could return to action if he is cleared.

The Celtics have said that he's hopeful for Game 7 against the Bucks, so making it back before next weekend is possible. Smart was was given a 6-8 week timetable and the 27th would be six weeks. If he's back, he may still come off the bench because of how well Terry Rozier has played. Shane Larkin would lose minutes.
Apr 21 - 3:10 PM

Terry Rozier made 2-of-7 from the field for nine points with two rebounds, nine assists, two steals, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes during a loss to the Bucks in Game 3 on Friday.

After dominating Drew Eric Bledsoe in the first two games, Rozier was sloppy throughout the game and Bledsoe got the best of him on both ends. Rozier may have overachieved in the first two games, but he should still have a better showing than this one for Game 4.
Apr 20 - 11:56 PM

Jaylen Brown made 4-of-9 from the field for 11 points with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in a loss to the Bucks on Friday.

He had nowhere to go but down after his 30-point breakout game on Tuesday, but his usage took a major hit after 22 field goal attempts on Tuesday. Even before his 50 points in the last two games combined, Brown was starting to heat up as a scorer with 20.8 points per game in April regular season action. He'll bounce back on Sunday.
Apr 20 - 11:56 PM

Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that Gordon Hayward is working with a St. Vincent Sports Performance running mechanics specialist.

This is the next step in his rehab, but Hayward remains without a clear timetable. "He's still a long, long, long way away," Ainge said. "St. Vincent Sports Performance is where he'll be and who he's working with. We worked with them at Butler. He worked with some of their trainers when he was doing the predraft stuff. There's a lot of familiarity there."
Source: Indy Star
Apr 18 - 9:43 AM

Shane Larkin hit 5-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points and three assists in 21 minutes of Tuesday's win.

The 11 points were a playoff career-high for Larkin, but he's going to have trouble doing much more than that with Terry Rozier playing so well for Boston.
Apr 17 - 10:53 PM

Jayson Tatum hit just 2-of-9 shots for four points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block in 30 minutes of Tuesday's Game 2 win.

Tatum was great in Sunday's Game 1 with 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals, a block and a 3-pointer, gave way to Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, who were both huge tonight. Tatum's one of the best young players in the league and we see no reason why he won't be ready to bounce back in Friday's Game 3 in Milwaukee.
Apr 17 - 10:51 PM

Terry Rozier hit 8-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 23 points, three rebounds, eight assists, a steal, a block and zero turnovers as the Celtics handled the Bucks 120-106 on Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their series.

Perhaps the most fascinating stat of these playoffs so far is the fact that Rozier has yet to commit a turnover in 78 minutes of this series. For a young player who probably wouldn't be starting if Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart were healthy, Brad Stevens could not have hoped for anything more than what Rozier's given him all season. And if you're playing postseason fantasy, he should be a reliable and value-priced player, at least until the rest of the world catches up with him.
Apr 17 - 10:46 PM

Jaylen Brown hit 12-of-22 shots and five 3-pointers for 30 points, five rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes of Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Bucks to help give the Celtics a 2-0 lead in the series.

Brown is now the youngest player (22 years, 175 days) in Celtics history to score at least 30 points in a playoff game, passing legendary Tommy Heinsohn for the honor. Brown's 30 points were a team high and he had 20 points and a full stat line in Sunday's Game 1. And he's just starting to really figure out how to play in the NBA.
Apr 17 - 10:41 PM

Greg Monroe (illness) is questionable for Game 2 on Tuesday but he was warming up with the intent to play.

Monroe finished with just one point and three rebounds in 10 minutes of action on Sunday, and coach Brad Stevens said he didn't play much in Game 1 because the Bucks "went small quite a bit." The small-ball impact wasn't limited to Monroe, as starting center Aron Baynes played only 15 minutes in Game 1, and it will be interesting to see how this chess game plays out in Game 2. All signs point to Monroe playing tonight.
Apr 17 - 6:23 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee surgery) has been walking without crutches and his recovery has been "very good."

Celtics coach Brad Stevens admitted he was surprised to see Kyrie without crutches less than two weeks after surgery to remove two screws from his left knee. Boston's training staff is reportedly "excited" by Irving's initial progress and all signs point to a full recovery, ideally in time for training camp.
Apr 16 - 3:27 PM


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