Player News - Celtics

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Isaiah Thomas is expected to travel home to Tacoma, Washington, after Game 6 on Friday night to attend his sister's funeral.

It's unbelievable that Thomas has been able to play as well as he has during this first-round series vs. Chicago considering the incredibly sad situation he and his family is dealing with. If Bulls win on Friday and force a Game 7, it would be played on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Boston. Or, if both the Wizards and Celtics win on Friday, then Game 1 of the Boston vs. Washington series would be played on Sunday. Thus, Thomas may have to rush back east on Saturday night.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 9:37 AM

Coach Brad Stevens said Amir Johnson has been a "total team guy" for picking up two DNP-CDs in a row.

Stevens told Johnson before the games that the plan was to DNP-CD him, and Johnson said he understood. Much like the Raptors, the Celtics have gone with more small-ball lineups to lock up the perimeter better on the defensive end while helping the spacing on offense with their Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford PNR pet plays. Johnson will almost certainly be a DNP-CD again.
Apr 27 - 6:51 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said he intends to start Gerald Green in Game 6 on Friday.

He played just 12 minutes in Game 5 and 23 minutes in Game 4 during his two starts. Stevens talked up Terry Rozier before the game, and the backup came through with some big plays in 18 minutes. Expect to see a similar distribution in Game 6.
Apr 27 - 6:47 PM

Gerald Green started Game 5 on Wednesday but he played only 11 minutes, finishing with two points on 1-of-3 shooting and one rebound.

Boston's starters came out flat and both Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier provided welcome energy off the bench. The result was Green sitting out the entire second and fourth quarters, to the chagrin of everyone who gambled on him in DFS tonight. He contributes almost nothing beyond scoring, which makes him a risky option even if his role weren't so precarious.
Apr 26 - 11:42 PM

Avery Bradley scored a playoff career-high 24 points during Wednesday's Game 5 home win, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 40 minutes.

Bradley shot 8-of-13 in the first half tonight, doubling the made field goals of Boston's other four starters combined. He finished 11-of-19 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers -- he didn't attempt any free throws, but that was fine since his teammates were a flawless 23-of-23 at the line tonight. Bradley was scuffling along in the first four games, at 38.3 percent shooting, so hopefully tonight's game will build some momentum.
Apr 26 - 11:41 PM

Terry Rozier stepped up in 18 minutes off the bench on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers.

"We thought we needed to be a little bit quicker," Brad Stevens said, explaining his decision to deploy Rozier this series. "Playing multiple point guards at once, I thought would be more beneficial than not. And you know Terry will fly in and get rebounds." Rozier shot just 2-of-6 from the field tonight but his impact goes beyond the boxscore, and he looks like a lock for 12-18 minutes a night -- at least during this first-round series vs. Chicago.
Source: Mass Live
Apr 26 - 11:39 PM

Jaylen Brown (illness) picked up a DNP-CD during Boston's Game 5 home win on Wednesday.

Brown didn't practice on Tuesday and initially thought that he had food poisoning, but it turned out to be a less-severe illness. The rookie's role hasn't been fantasy-relevant in the postseason, with averages of 1.8 points and 0.5 rebounds in 5.5 minutes per game. He simply wasn't in the rotation tonight.
Apr 26 - 11:38 PM

Kelly Olynyk finished Wednesday's Game 5 victory with a playoff career-high 14 points on 5-of-9 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, adding five rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 20 minutes.

The Celtics bench was critical tonight, especially with the starting unit going cold throughout the first half. Olynyk made his jumpers, played strong defense, set picks, and basically did everything required of him on both ends. He earned his minutes tonight. It's worth noting that Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller and Jaylen Brown all picked up DNP-CDs -- considering the Celtics won the game, 108-97, it seems unlikely that we'll see them in Game 6 on Friday.
Apr 26 - 11:37 PM

Jae Crowder posted eight points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and zero turnovers in 35 minutes on Wednesday, making 4-of-4 free throws but just 2-of-11 field goals.

Boston has been willing to live and die at the 3-point line, and tonight they survived despite going just 9-of-40 as a team (Crowder was 0-of-5). He's now a combined 6-of-27 from downtown in the first round, but he shot 39.8 percent from that range during the regular season and coach Brad Stevens has clearly given him permission to fire at will.
Apr 26 - 11:35 PM

Jaylen Brown (illness) is available to play against the Bulls in Game 5 on Wednesday.

He missed practice on Tuesday and was called probable to play an hour ago. It's been Terry Rozier taking minutes away from Brown as coach Brad Stevens looks to make Marcus Smart more of an off-ball guy in the second unit, so Brown's minutes may not be there today.
Apr 26 - 6:49 PM

Jaylen Brown (illness) is probable to play in Game 5 against the Bulls on Wednesday.

He was unable to practice on Tuesday and he could be limited. Brown only played one minute in each of the last two games and coach Brad Stevens said he wants to look at Terry Rozier more, so Brown may not be in the rotation anyway.
Apr 26 - 5:41 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said he wanted to play Terry Rozier more to help handle the ball.

Stevens also mentioned he liked the combo with Rozier and Marcus Smart. The Celtics bench has thrived with Rozier, who has averaged 6.0 points, 1/7 boards, 0.7 assists and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game in this series. Among the 13 Celtics with at least four minutes played this round, Rozier ranks first in net rating, including his 37.6 net rating next to Smart in 43 minutes of this series. He'll be a possible punt in DFS.
Apr 26 - 4:50 PM

Jaylen Brown (illness) was unable to practice on Tuesday.

Brown has another day to recover before Game 5 vs. Chicago. "Hopefully he'll be well enough to play [Wednesday]," said coach Brad Stevens. However, there will be minimal fantasy impact if he is sidelined. Brown played 11 minutes off the bench in Game 1, but has seen his playing steadily dimish in the three games since. For the series, he is averaging just 1.8 points and 0.5 rebounds in 5.6 minutes.
Apr 25 - 1:03 PM

Amir Johnson picked up a DNP-CD during the Celtics' Game 4 win in Chicago on Sunday.

Johnson's role has steadily decreased throughout the series. With Gerald Green playing well as a starter, coach Brad Stevens had no incentive to keep the veteran big man in the rotation tonight. Tyler Zeller was also a DNP-CD and this trend is likely to continue with Boston tying up the series behind a slew of small lineups.
Apr 23 - 9:34 PM

Marcus Smart made only 2-of-7 shots for five points on Sunday, but he impacted the game elsewhere with eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

Rough shooting is nothing new for Smart, who is 13-of-32 (40.6 percent) through four playoff games. Avery Bradley also struggled from the field, going 3-of-9 for eight points, but they did enough to help Boston earn a road win tonight. The series shifts to Boston tied 2-2, with the road team winning every game.
Apr 23 - 9:33 PM


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