Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Jae Crowder (ankle) will play on Sunday vs. the Kings.

He didn't look right on Friday vs. the Cavs, scoring just three points on 1-of-9 shooting with seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. However, Crowder is as tough as they come and doesn't want to take any time off, so he shouldn't have any restrictions vs. the Kings. He's a risky play in DFS, but owners in season-long leagues should activate him.
Feb 7 - 11:24 AM

Terry Rozier is still waiting patiently to crack the rotation in Boston.

"It’ll all work out," Rozier said. "I don’t really worry about the nay-sayers or the things that are going on right now, because I know at the end of the day—I know I’m working. I know it’ll happen for me." The Celtics are loaded in the backcourt with Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley, so Rozier has averaged just 5.9 minutes in 18 appearances this season. The rookie won't be a fantasy asset while Boston is healthy.
Source: Amico Hoops
Feb 6 - 9:32 AM

Tyler Zeller scored 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting Friday, to go with four boards, one assist and three turnovers through 20 minutes of action.

Zeller's playing time has been sporadic throughout the season, but he's been a more consistent part of the rotation over the past three averaging 12.7 points, 6.3 boards and 1.0 block in 20.0 minutes per outing. He's more of a speculative add in really deep leagues, but he could also fall out of the rotation at a moments notice, so don't cut anyone with long-term value to nab him.
Feb 6 - 12:26 AM

Evan Turner double-doubled in 32 minutes off the bench during Friday's win over the Cavs, tallying 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 12 boards, six assists, one block and one turnover.

Jae Crowder (ankle) said after the game that he felt like he was playing on one leg, so he may be forced to the sidelines on Sunday vs. Sacramento, which would likely result in Turner returning to the starting lineup. While Evan isn't the most exciting guy to own, he's been producing late-round value over the past month behind averages of 9.6 points, 4.5 boards, 4.8 assists and 1.0 steal on 48.5 percent shooting. He's worth owning in most leagues, particularly with Crowder hurting.
Feb 6 - 12:21 AM

Jae Crowder was clearly bothered by his sore right ankle during Friday's win over the Cavs, hitting just 1-of-9 shots on his way to three points, seven boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

Crowder said that he felt like he was playing on one leg, and that he probably would have sat out if the Celtics were playing a different team. He did play some nice defense, but he didn't have any lift on his jumper, and his three points didn't come until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. It wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out Sunday's game vs. Sacramento, which would likely result in Evan Turner returning to the starting lineup.
Feb 5 - 11:54 PM

Jared Sullinger scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting Friday, with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, three blocks and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

The players in Boston's frontcourt have been annoying to own this season, and while Sully has had his moments, he's been putting up just thirteenth-round value over the past month in standard 9-cat leagues. Amir Johnson played just 14 minutes tonight, on his way to six points, six rebounds and an assist, while Kelly Olynyk contributed a meager two points, one steal and one turnover in his 12 minutes off the bench. Sullinger is more of a stash to hope things improve after the trade deadline.
Feb 5 - 11:46 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points on 5-of-19 shooting Friday, to go with four rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

Thomas did briefly exit the game after coming down on his right ankle awkwardly following a layup attempt, but after getting his ankle re-taped he went back in there and played 36 minutes. He should be fine, but owners will want to check back for official confirmation on his status following Sunday morning's shootaround.
Feb 5 - 11:32 PM

Avery Bradley scored 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting Friday, to go with three rebounds, one assist, one block, two turnovers and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

Bradley also drained a clutch 3-pointer during the closing seconds of the game (video below) to steal the win on Cleveland's home court. He's been a mid-round guy on the year, and is worth owning in all leagues for his solid contributions to points (14.8), 3-pointers (2.0) and steals (1.6).
Feb 5 - 10:29 PM

Jae Crowder (ankle) will play against the Cavs and had his ankle taped.

Crowder said his ankle is "stiff as hell" for the game. He might be a little limited as far as performance goes against LeBron James, but there has been no talk of his minutes being limited tonight. Start him like you normally would in standard leagues. It'll be interesting to see how LeBron attacks Crowder tonight.
Feb 5 - 6:34 PM

Jae Crowder (ankle) is still on track to play against the Cavs on Friday.

He is dealing with swelling and missed shootaround, so he might not be at 100 percent against LeBron James. Crowder is fine to start in season-long leagues, but he's a very risky play in DFS tonight. He's been a fantasy steal.
Feb 5 - 6:05 PM

Jae Crowder (ankle) is a game-time call on Friday vs. the Cavaliers.

He sprained his ankle on Wednesday vs. the Pistons, but he did say that he is expecting to play. Regardless, Crowder will not go through shootaround and is a true game-time call, so his owners should have a backup plan ready just in case. If Crowder sits, expect Evan Turner and Marcus Smart to see an uptick in minutes.
Feb 5 - 11:05 AM

Jae Crowder sprained his ankle on Wednesday against the Pistons, but said after the game that he expects to play on Friday after momentarily being crumpled in pain after Marcus Morris fell onto his lower leg.

"I’m a little banged up but it’s a part of it and it’s about that time of the season where a lot of guys are getting nicks and knacks," he said. "But I’ll take care of my body the next few days and get ready for the next one." Crowder had 12 points, six boards and four steals in the win, and the Celtics play at Cleveland on Friday, so owners will want to check back and make sure Crowder's good to go. He came into Wednesday's game with a calf injury, but was able to play through it.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 4 - 4:43 AM

Kelly Olynyk played just 19 minutes off the bench and hit 3-of-10 shots for six points and seven rebounds on Wednesday.

Jared Sullinger easily outplayed him, but saw just 18 minutes, and Olynyk still looks like the safer play, at least for now. But this is one of those position battles that should be monitored closely by fantasy owners.
Feb 4 - 2:00 AM

Marcus Smart bounced back from his four-point game on Tuesday, but still hit just 4-of-10 shots for 12 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and four 3-pointers on Wednesday.

Smart is an interesting player to own right now, but is still mired behind guys like Avery Bradley, Isaiah Thomas and Evan Turner. That may sound discouraging, but he gets a ton of minutes next to Bradley and Thomas. He should be owned in all standard leagues.
Feb 3 - 11:02 PM

Tyler Zeller, who went off for his best game of the season on Tuesday, played just 14 minutes on Wednesday.

He still managed to put up six points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks despite the limited minutes. He's played well in two straight games, but minutes are still a big concern and he'll need a bigger role going forward if he's going to warrant a fantasy pickup.
Feb 3 - 11:00 PM


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