Player News - Celtics

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Danny Ainge seemed to acknowledge during a recent interview that Gordon Hayward's (leg) season is likely over.

"When [Kevin Garnett] went down in ’09, we weren’t sure that he was done," Ainge said. "We were sort of thinking that he might come back, he’s not too far away, and that made that a challenging year. We weren’t sure what to do because we were trying to buy time, and in Gordon’s case, he’s most likely out for the year. So that’s a different scenario." Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier will see an uptick in minutes with Hayward on the sidelines.
Oct 22 - 3:43 PM

Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 for using "inappropriate language" towards a fan at halftime during Friday's game.

Irving did not take kindly to a fan yelling at him "where's LeBron" as he headed into the tunnel at halftime, and he responded with some vulgar language. His wallet will take a hit, but his actions won't result in him being forced to spend any time on the sidelines.
Oct 22 - 2:16 PM

Marcus Smart (ankles) worked out in the weight room on Saturday.

He did not do any on-court work. On Friday, coach Brad Stevens used Aron Baynes as a starter against Joel "The Process" Embiid, and it worked out in a win. More notably, Al Horford guarded Ben Simmons and it kind of worked out. All told, Stevens will play the matchups here, so there isn't really an add to make besides Terry Rozier.
Oct 21 - 3:25 PM

Marcus Morris (knee) did some on-court work on Saturday.

He is expected to be re-evaluated in a week or so. The Celtics have used three different starting lineups to start the season, which marks the first time they've done so this century. Morris really needs a lot of minutes to make an impact in fantasy, so he's more of a low-upside stash.
Oct 21 - 3:22 PM

Kyrie Irving got his first win in a Boston uniform on Friday vs. the 76ers, scoring 21 points in a 102-98 victory.

Irving hasn't taken off just yet, but the big lines are coming. He hit 7-of-17 shots and 6-of-7 from the line in this one, adding six rebounds, four assists, two steals, one triple and five turnovers. Once he gets a feel for his new team, Irving should flirt with first-round value in 9-category leagues.
Oct 21 - 12:58 AM

Jayson Tatum blocked three shots in Friday's win over Philly, adding 15 points (3-of-8 FGs) and eight rebounds.

Tatum didn't hit any 3-pointers and had a few turnovers, but nailed all nine of his free throws and continued to log heavy minutes with 33 tonight. It's going to be interesting to see what the rotation will look like when Marcus Morris (knee) comes back, but Tatum has to be owned right now and we like his chances of sticking in the starting lineup.
Oct 21 - 12:49 AM

Shane Larkin played 19 minutes on Friday vs. the 76ers, scoring 10 points with four assists, two rebounds and two 3-pointers.

He played a total of five minutes prior to this game, but entered the rotation with Marcus Smart (ankles) sidelined. Larkin is hoping to make the most of his second shot in the NBA after spending time overseas and he looked more than capable of contributing Friday, but the reality is that he isn't going to play much when Smart comes back.
Oct 21 - 12:38 AM

Terry Rozier played a season-high 30 minutes on Friday vs. the 76ers, finishing with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

He continues to impress and took advantage of some extra playing time with Marcus Smart (ankles) sidelined, but his role was trending up even before the Smart news. He added seven rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers and is worth a look for PG-needy owners with so many injuries around the NBA.
Oct 21 - 12:35 AM

Aron Baynes moved into the starting lineup on Friday vs. Boston with Marcus Smart (ankles) sidelined and scored 10 points with eight rebounds and two assists.

He finished 5-of-8 from the field and missed his only free throw, but he still only played 14 minutes. Smart is day-to-day, but Baynes could still make some starts going forward depending on the matchup. He's not worth owning in most leagues while Al Horford is healthy, especially with Boston playing so much small ball.
Oct 21 - 12:28 AM

Jaylen Brown cooled off on Friday vs. Philly, scoring nine points on 4-of-13 shooting.

He also missed all three of his free throws, but hey at least he's healthy after he was spotted with a wrap on his left wrist on Wednesday. Brown is still getting heavy minutes (37 tonight) and that likely won't change barring an injury. He added eight rebounds, two steals and a 3-pointer and should be owned everywhere.
Oct 21 - 12:24 AM

Marcus Smart (ankle) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

It'll be Aron Baynes in the starting lineup. With Smart out, we saw Terry Rozier play 17 minutes next to Kyrie Irving on Wednesday, so that number is probably climbing. We should see some Semi Ojeleye and maybe even Abdel Nader to help out with depth.
Oct 20 - 5:36 PM

Aron Baynes will replace Marcus Smart (ankles) in the starting lineup Friday vs. Philadelphia.

With Smart sidelined, coach Brad Stevens is going to shift Al Horford over to power forward and start Baynes at center. Kyrie Irving, Jayen Brown and Jayson Tatum round out the rest of the starting five. During training camp, Stevens said he was interested in pairing Horford and Baynes together, but they played just five minutes alongside each other over the Celtics first two regular season games. If this unit is successful on Friday, Stevens may be willing to use it more frequently in the future.
Oct 20 - 5:36 PM

Coach Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart (ankles) is "likely out" for Friday's game vs. the Sixers.

Smart said he rolled both his ankles in Wednesday's loss to Milwaukee. His left ankle was heavily wrapped at Friday's shootaround. The Celtics have little backcourt/wing depth with Gordon Hayward (leg) out indefinitely. If Smart is sidelined, Terry Rozier and Abdel Nader would see additional minutes backing up both guard spots. Semi Ojeleye would likely see an uptick in playing time on the wing.
Oct 20 - 11:00 AM

Gordon Hayward (left leg surgery) underwent successful bony and ligamentous stabilization surgery on his left ankle.

The team says no timetable has been set for Hayward to return, but he is expected to make a full recovery. Last night, his agent revealed that Hayward is likely going to miss the season, so we're all pulling for him to be ready for the start of the 2018 season. The Celtics will be bringing along their young talent faster than expected with Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier all expected to pick up minutes on a nightly basis.
Oct 19 - 3:45 PM

Gordon Hayward (left leg surgery) is unlikely to return this season, according to his agent.

Hayward had surgery on Wednesday to repair his dislocated and fractured left tibia. "We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," said his agent, Mark Bartelstein. It's a sad turn of events and we wish Hayward a speedy recovery. In his absence, the Celtics are expected to start Marcus Smart while relying more on a slew of players including Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier. Swingman Abdel Nader, a second-round pick in 2016, was actually the Celts' first man off the bench on Wednesday.


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