Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

X-rays taken on Evan Turner's thumb returned negative, but there has been no update on his status for Wednesday's game against the Wolves.

Turner said he "re-sprained it" and that the "same thing happened three times accidentally by the same dude." Owners of Turner might want to wait-and-see before dropping him and likewise, the Marcus Smart show might have to wait a little bit longer.
Jan 27 - 12:41 AM

Evan Turner left Monday's game and would eventually return after re-injuring his thumb, finishing with nine points on 2-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, four assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

Turner is getting the thumb X-rayed and this could be the moment they pass the torch between he and Marcus Smart. Or not. Either way, the momentum Turner had been showing in fantasy leagues gets stopped with tonight's outcome and he wasn't a high upside player to begin with in standard leagues.
Jan 27 - 12:05 AM

Brandon Bass scored eight points with seven rebounds, one steal and one block in Monday's win over the Jazz.

Bass hit 3-of-6 shots and this builds off a string of startable outings over the past two weeks. The Celtics could be trying to pump up his trade value and Kelly Olynyk's absence through the All Star break doesn't hurt, either. Serviceable short-term value is a solid bet right now.
Jan 26 - 11:59 PM

Tayshaun Prince scored 19 points off the bench on Monday against the Jazz, hitting 7-of-10 shots (including two threes) with two rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes.

The Celtics are probably trying to build his trade value and that makes him somebody to consider riding in DFS leagues, but even then we're hesitant to get fully behind that.
Jan 26 - 11:56 PM

Tyler Zeller scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds and two blocks in 29 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Even when Kelly Olynyk was around Zeller was a guy to hold in most standard leagues because the peaks and valleys added up to solid late-round value at a minimum. With Olynyk out of the picture through the All Star break there should be no question about whether or not he should be owned.
Jan 26 - 11:54 PM

Marcus Smart (personal) returned to action on Monday, scoring nine points on 4-of-9 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, five assists and one steal in 29 minutes off the bench.

Evan Turner is getting his thumb X-rayed and independent of that Smart should be owned in most standard formats. If he isn't, you'd have to be pretty stacked not to take a chance on him.
Jan 26 - 11:50 PM

Shavlik Randolph (hamstring) will not play against the Jazz on Monday.

He's not in the rotation and has no fantasy value. Randolph can be left alone in all leagues.
Jan 26 - 8:14 PM

Avery Bradley (thumb) will play against the Jazz.

He has a bruised hand and a left thumb issue. Bradley was hurt on Sunday and was able to play through the injuries. He should see a smaller workload with Marcus Smart back, but he's still worth a look with the team needing some offense.
Jan 26 - 7:44 PM

Marcus Smart is available to play against the Jazz on Monday.

He missed Sunday due to a death in the family and should be ready to roll. Smart's minutes haven't increased in the past couple weeks and he seems to be held to around 30. There's still enough upside to keep him owned in standard leagues.
Jan 26 - 7:32 PM

Andre Dawkins could see time with the Celtics during his 10-day contract.

Dawkins was expected to spend the entire time in the D-League, but that plan could change. Regardless, the rookie won't have any fantasy value.
Jan 26 - 10:11 AM

Avery Bradley, who had already been dealing with a jammed left thumb, is now dealing with a bruised right hand as well.

Bradley said the bruised hand is something he's been dealing with "for a while." It doesn't appear as if either issue is going to keep him off the floor for now, but the injuries will likely be slow to heal since Bradley needs his hands to play basketball. It may become an issue of maintenance and pain tolerance as Bradley continues to play through it for now.
Jan 26 - 10:10 AM

Marcus Smart (personal) is expected to play on Monday against the Jazz.

Smart had a death in the family, but he is expected back after a one-game absence. Smart is starting to carve out some fantasy value, but his development will be inconsistent. He's a solid stash for owners who can afford to have a little patience.
Jan 26 - 10:06 AM

Evan Turner had a strong showing against the Warriors on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with seven boards, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

Turner has never been known for his efficiency or for his defensive ability, so this line was definitely a pleasant surprise. While he will always be tough to own in standard leagues for his shooting percentages and turnovers, Turner will continue to be a solid asset in points leagues as long as he continues to run the show in Boston.
Jan 25 - 11:48 PM

James Young returned to action on Sunday against the Warriors, but scored just three points on 1-of-5 shooting to go with two boards and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes.

He missed four games straight due to a nasty flu, so it's good to see him back on the court. Young does have some serious potential, but until the Celtics fully commit to giving him more playing time he won't be worth owning in most leagues.
Jan 25 - 11:42 PM

Avery Bradley jammed his thumb during on Sunday vs. the Warriors, but stayed in the game and finished with 15 points, three boards, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

His thumb was heavily wrapped after the game but it doesn't appear like he is in danger of missing any time. While he has scored 15 or more points in his last three games, Bradley doesn't contribute in many other areas and should only be considered for owners in desperate need of 3-pointers. As always, we will update his status as soon as more details emerge.
Jan 25 - 11:37 PM


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