Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Isaiah Thomas (groin) is doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge revealed that Thomas got a PRP injection for his groin injury on Wednesday and said he "probably" wouldn't play vs. Toronto. With Thomas on the shelf on Wednesday, Marcus Smart drew the start and scored 13 points with three assists, three rebounds, two steals and one trey in 23 minutes (foul trouble), while Terry Rozier produced 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one triple in 26 minutes off the bench. Smart should already be owned in standard leagues, but Rozier could have some short-term value.
Dec 8 - 9:20 AM

Terry Rozier scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes of action.

Before deep-league owners go running to the wire, it must be noted that Rozier's production was the result of garbage time and Isaiah Thomas' absence -- Avery Bradley was the only starter to log more than 30 minutes. We'll let you know if he strings together a few fantasy-worthy games.
Dec 7 - 10:25 PM

Kelly Olynyk took advantage of garbage time on Wednesday, scoring nine points with four boards, two assists and one steals in 20 minutes off the bench.

The fourth-year big man is averaging just 15.8 minutes in Boston's past four games, and he was scoreless prior to garbage time tonight. It's hard to see him emerging with standard-league value while Al Horford, Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko are healthy, especially if Boston uses Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown for stretches at PF.
Dec 7 - 10:25 PM

Avery Bradley helped the Celtics trounce the Magic in Orlando on Wednesday, scoring a team-high 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting with three 3-pointers.

Bradley added four boards, three assists, one steal, one block and just one turnover in 33 minutes. His efforts helped the Celtics overcome a slow start to run away with the victory, improving their record to 13-9 despite the absence of leading scorer Isaiah Thomas. In a surprising footnote, Bradley's 6-of-7 mark at the FT line tonight was a new career-high in both makes and attempts. Go figure.
Dec 7 - 10:24 PM

Jonas Jerebko failed to score in 14 minutes vs. Orlando on Wednesday, but he did pitch in four rebounds and four assists.

Jerebko was back on the bench after a fill-in start for Amir Johnson on Monday. He's shooting a career-high 49.4 percent from the field this year, including 48.5 percent from deep, but simply isn't getting enough minutes to make a dent in standard leagues.
Dec 7 - 10:23 PM

Amir Johnson returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, five rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes.

Johnson was benched in a small-ball affair vs. the Rockets on Monday, but he retook the starting job against Orlando's bigger frontcourt tonight. The veteran is impressive on a per-minute basis, yet he's averaging a mere 19.5 minutes per game. Until that number increases, he's only worth a look in leagues with 14 or more teams.
Dec 7 - 10:19 PM

Marcus Smart filled in at PG on Wednesday, posting 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes vs. the Magic.

Isaiah Thomas was out with a groin injury, but Smart wound up below his customary 30.5 minutes per game thanks to the lopsided score. Thomas isn't a lock to return on Friday vs. the Raptors, so anyone who deployed Smart should hang onto him at least until we see Thomas back on the court.
Dec 7 - 10:12 PM

James Young (illness) was unavailable for the Celtics on Wednesday.

Boston played 13 different guys tonight, in a game full of garbage time, but Young wasn't among them. He's not in the rotation even when healthy.
Dec 7 - 10:11 PM

Jonas Jerebko will move back to the bench on Wednesday against the Magic.

He may have got the start against the up-tempo Rockets, but the Celtics get a matchup on the other end of the spectrum tonight. Jerebko should be around his 17.4 minutes-per-game average tonight and doesn't have much value.
Dec 7 - 5:41 PM

Amir Johnson will start and Jonas Jerebko will move to the bench against the Magic on Wednesday.

This makes sense to go with a bigger frontcourt against the Magic. Johnson may also see a bump in playing time because the Celtics won't go with as many three-guard lineups with Jae Crowder at the four. He's still a risky player to use tonight and doesn't have much value once Isaiah Thomas (groin) comes back.
Dec 7 - 5:39 PM

Marcus Smart will start for Isaiah Thomas (groin) against the Magic on Wednesday.

This was very obvious all day, but it's official now. Smart has been coming off the bench and has seen his minutes drop since Jae Crowder and Al Horford have been back. He may not run the offense quite as much, but Smart should see minutes in the mid 30s and add across-the-board production. He'll get a nice short-term boost while Thomas is on the shelf. Expect to see more minutes for Terry Rozier tonight, as well.
Dec 7 - 5:36 PM

Marcus Smart will likely move into the starting unit for Wednesday's game against the Magic with Isiah Thomas (groin) unavailable.

Smart was spotted in a starters jersey at shootaround, so he'll very likely be drawing the start tonight. In his previous five starts this season, Smart has compiled averages of 10.0 points, 4.2 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.4 triples, 2.4 steals and just 1.4 turnovers per game, so he's certainly on the radar in daily leagues. Terry Rozier should also see a decent uptick in minutes off the bench.
Dec 7 - 11:11 AM

Isaiah Thomas (groin) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

Thomas flew back to Boston to receive treatment on his groin injury, and Marcus Smart was spotted sporting a starter jersey during shootaround, so it looks like Smart will be drawing the start tonight making him a reasonable low-budget DFS option. Avery Bradley and Al Horford will do the heavy lifting on offense tonight sans Thomas, and Terry Rozier will see an uptick in minutes. Groin injuries can linger, so Boston may want to take a cautious approach in bringing back Thomas. For now, we'll consider him doubtful for Friday's game against the Raptors.

Isaiah Thomas (groin) did not participate during Tuesday's practice.

Thomas tweaked his groin during Monday's loss to the Rockets, so for now, we're going to consider him questionable for Wednesday's game in Orlando. If he's out, Marcus Smart or Terry Rozier could move into the starting lineup, with Avery Bradley and Al Horford being asked to step it up on the offensive end. Owners can expect to get another update on Thomas' status following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but it's worth noting that he was able to get some shots up after practice.

The Celtics recalled Demetrius Jackson from the D-League on Tuesday.

Jackson has appeared in just three games this season and played a total of 15 minutes. He should be left on waiver wires in standard leagues.
Dec 6 - 1:44 PM


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