Player News - Celtics

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Marcus Morris came off the bench on Tuesday and hit 6-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes.

He started on Sunday, but will usually come off the bench for Boston. He's actually playing well right now, averaging 14 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five games, making him worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
Jan 24 - 1:16 AM

Marcus Smart hit 7-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 22 points, two rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 33 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

He missed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the Celtics only needed a two-pointer for a one-point win. He played great tonight, but he only had two points in 20 minutes on Sunday. He's been hot lately and started on Thursday when Kyrie Irving sat with a sore shoulder, but is too inconsistent to be started in most fantasy leagues on a regular basis.
Jan 24 - 1:13 AM

Kyrie Irving hit 13-of-24 shots and four 3-pointers for 33 points, three rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes of Tuesday's 108-107 loss to the Lakers.

Irving banged his left knee on another player's in the second half and was seen grabbing it a few times, but stayed in the game and played through it. He's been bothered by a shoulder injury lately, but is hot, scoring 40 points on Sunday and scoring at least 20 points in his last five games. The shoulder issue seems to be subsiding, but owners may want to check back on Wednesday to make sure that the left knee isn't going to be a problem. Based on how he played after the injury tonight, it looks like he's fine. The Celtics have now lost four straight games after winning seven straight.
Jan 24 - 1:08 AM

Jayson Tatum hit just 1-of-6 shots for four points, five rebounds and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes of Tuesday's one-point loss to the Lakers.

Tatum has been struggling a bit for the Celtics, averaging just 10 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 40 percent shooting over his last five games. He's still returning fifth-round fantasy value on the season though, and he's still a key component of what the Celtics will do down the stretch of the season.
Jan 24 - 1:03 AM

Al Horford hit 5-of-11 shots for 13 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes of Tuesday's 108-107 loss to the Lakers.

He took a shot to the face from the head of Josh Bell late in the game and went to the bench. He could be checked for a concussion, but then again, he might be fine. Horford is returning third-round fantasy value this season precisely because of the line listed above. He's averaging 12.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.4 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games. Keep an eye on the newsfeed on Wednesday to make sure he didn't suffer an injury tonight.
Jan 24 - 12:58 AM

Marcus Morris will return to the bench on Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

This is the front end of a back-to-back set and Morris was rested in Boston's last back-to-back, so he's not a lock to see the floor tonight.
Jan 23 - 9:10 PM

Aron Baynes is back in the starting lineup vs. the Lakers on Tuesday.

He averages 18.9 minutes as a starter and 15.8 minutes as a reserve this season, so this doesn't move the needle much. Coach Brad Stevens likes to mix up his lineups based on the matchup, so this isn't a permanent move. Marcus Morris will move to the bench.
Jan 23 - 9:06 PM

Al Horford didn't do much in Sunday's loss to the Magic, finishing with nine points, five boards, six assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and one block in 33 minutes of floor time.

Horford never really got going in this one, and he's been prone to the occasional dud this season, but we'd expect a bounce-back performance on Tuesday with a more favorable matchup against the Lakers. Aron Baynes played through a sinus infection but finished with just one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover in five minutes off the bench.
Jan 21 - 3:51 PM

Jayson Tatum struggled with his shot on Sunday, going 4-of-11 from the field on his way to nine points, 10 rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

The rookie got off to a very slow start in this one, attempting just three shots through the first half of action, and while he never really got going offensively, he still rounded out his stat line with the peripheral statistics. Tatum has yet to have two bad games in a row this season, so we'd expect a bounce-back performance on Tuesday with a much more favorable matchup against the Lakers.
Jan 21 - 3:50 PM

Marcus Morris went 4-of-9 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe on his way to 12 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover through 27 minutes as a starter on Sunday.

Morris did a nice job on defense against Aaron Gordon, and while there's not much disparity in his minutes based on whether he's starting or coming off the bench, he's just been better as a starter this season with averages of 12.0 points, 1.4 triples, 5.5 boards and 1.5 dimes per contest on 43.5% shooting. He should get another start on Tuesday against the small-ball Lakers.
Jan 21 - 3:49 PM

Jaylen Brown scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting Sunday to go with seven rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one block and four turnovers in 37 minutes.

Brown was one of the few Boston players to come through offensively, but he was regularly roasted by Evan Fournier on the other end of the floor, and overall, Boston's defense was not up to par in this one. The Celtics have now dropped three games in a row for the first time this season, but we'd expect them to buck that trend on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Jan 21 - 3:49 PM

Kyrie Irving (shoulder) scored a game-high 40 points on 14-of-23 shooting in his return from a one-game absence on Sunday, but ultimately, it was not enough to pull out a win against Orlando.

Irving added five triples, seven boards, five dimes, one block and one turnover in his 40 minutes of floor time, and also went 7-of-8 from the stripe to give him a 75.4 true shooting percentage to accompany his 30.5 usage rate. The shoulder was a complete non-issue, so he should be fine for Tuesday’s game against the Lakers.
Jan 21 - 3:48 PM

Marcus Smart will come off the bench on Sunday vs. the Magic.

No surprise here, as Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is good to go after a one-game absence. Even though he plays a few minutes less as a reserve, his averages as a starter are pretty similar. As always, he's worth owning if you don't mind his field goal percentage.
Jan 21 - 12:49 PM

Aron Baynes (illness) said he will play on Sunday vs. the Magic.

He has a sinus infection which is giving him a "bad headache," but he'll give it a go anyways. The Celtics are starting Marcus Morris over Baynes in what is likely another matchup move, so his streaming appeal isn't great.
Jan 21 - 11:55 AM

Marcus Morris will start vs. the Magic on Sunday.

He might be looking at a few extra minutes as well, as Aron Baynes (illness) is still considered questionable. Morris has been playing better lately with 15.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.0 triples over his last three games, so he's a streaming option on a four-game slate.
Jan 21 - 11:25 AM


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