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Jae Crowder said he will be in the starting lineup for Game 4 on Sunday.

There will also be additional changes to the lineup according to Avery Bradley, but those details haven't been released yet. Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half of Game 3 in place of Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass, so it appears that Smart will be the first victim of the lineup change. Jerebko was also running with the first unit at practice on Saturday, so changes appear to be imminent. We should know more details after shootaround, and we will continue to follow this story very closely. The Celtics have lost the first three games of the series, so nothing will likely be off the table as they look to avoid a sweep vs. the Cavaliers.
Apr 25 - 2:04 PM

Jared Sullinger missed practice on Saturday due to a bruised tailbone, but he is probable to play in Game 4 on Sunday according to head coach Brad Stevens.

Sullinger was having trouble getting up and down the court, so the team wisely held him out of practice as a precaution. It doesn't sound like he is in danger of missing any action, but we should have another update after shootaround. Sullinger is still getting back into shape after recovering from a foot injury, and he has only played an average of 17.3 minutes through three playoff games. However, he has been playing quite well with averages of 9.3 points and 5.7 boards while shooting 57 percent from the field.
Apr 25 - 1:46 PM

Evan Turner filled the stat sheet in a 103-95 Game 3 loss to the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

He ran the offense for much of this game and played well on the offensive side. Turner was stuffed at the rim by LeBron James and he was overmatched at times on defense. Coach Brad Stevens loves Turner more than all of his former NBA coaches combined, so he'll be looking at a significant role in Game 4.
Apr 23 - 10:15 PM

Marcus Smart did not start the second half against the Cavs on Thursday, finishing with eight points, two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

He started out with some intensity early on the defensive end, but coach Brad Stevens didn't feel comfortable rolling with Smart down the stretch on top of not starting him in the second half. He'll likely start in Game 4, but he might not play more than 20 minutes. For what it's worth, Smart played 26 minutes in each of the first two games of this series.
Apr 23 - 10:12 PM

Isaiah Thomas played just 21 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday during a Game 3 loss, making 2-of-9 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists and one turnover.

After two 22-point games to open this series, Thomas just couldn't penetrate and disrupt the defense like he's been doing since he joined the Celtics. He didn't play down the stretch in this game which may have been due to the poor offensive showing. The Pizza Guy will likely get another chance to be the top scoring option in Game 4.
Apr 23 - 9:58 PM

Jae Crowder started the second half against the Cavs during a Game 3 loss on Thursday, finishing with 16 points, seven boards, four assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 5-of-6 from the field.

Coach Brad Stevens continues to play Crowder at shooting guard more often, which makes sense because they need all the size they can get to help keep LeBron James out of the paint. Crowder didn't have a bad game on defense and he was efficient (100.0 effective field goal percentage) on the offensive end outside of four turnovers. He's likely earned 30-plus minutes in Game 4.
Apr 23 - 9:56 PM

Jonas Jerebko scored four points with seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

He played just four minutes in Game 2 and he actually played well today. Jerebko was able to battle under the boards and led his team with three offensive boards. He only made 2-of-7 from the field, so he's not a lock to see this much playing time in Game 4.
Apr 23 - 9:49 PM

Kelly Olynyk played just three minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

He didn't take a shot today and coach Brad Stevens basically cut him out of the rotation. Olynyk only added one assist and one turnover tonight. His minutes went to Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome, who both played well. Olynyk's sub-par rim protecting likely cost him some playing time and that might continue the rest of the way.
Apr 23 - 9:41 PM

Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko started the second half against the Cavs on Thursday.

Marcus Smart and Brandon Bass will come off the bench. Coach Brad Stevens has gone with a different center to start the second half throughout the year, but this move is new. The Celtics are really mixing it up with their rotation today and credit to them for keeping the Cavs on their toes. We'll let you know how it works out for them.
Apr 23 - 8:38 PM

Jonas Jerebko, who was limited to just four minutes of action during Game 2 due to a calf issue, said on Thursday that his calf is feeling better.

Jerebko could see closer to the 18 minutes he got during Game 1 tonight, but it's very unlikely that he shows up in the box score in any meaningful way. His fantasy value is essentially non-existent.
Apr 23 - 6:02 PM

Celtics' head coach Brad Stevens said that there will be no change to Boston's starting lineup for Thursday's Game 3 against Cleveland.

Stevens did add that he'll use his bench more "liberally," so it sounds like Isaiah Thomas could see his minutes in the high 30s tonight as he's been one of Boston's most effective scorers through the first two games of the series. More minutes for Isaiah may lead to fewer minutes for Marcus Smart. Jared Sullinger may also see his minutes increased.

Celtics president Danny Ainge said the Celtics feel that Jae Crowder is a big part of their team going forward.

While Crowder will become a restricted free agent after the season, that didn't stop Ainge from including the forward in his plans. "We really did like Jae Crowder," Ainge said. "And we feel like he’s a big part of our team going forward." Ainge's comments likely mean the Celtics will make every effort to keep Crowder in Boston, but the 24-year-old won't be much of a fantasy asset next season unless he's able to take a big jump from his averages of 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.0 steals with the Celtics this season.
Apr 23 - 9:56 AM

According to head coach Brad Stevens, Jonas Jerebko was limited by a calf issue in Game 2 which is why he saw just four minutes of action.

The good news is that the injury isn't serious, and he is expected to see his minutes increased in Game 3 on Thursday. We will leave him off the injury report for now, but we will have another update if necessary after their shootaround on Thursday. Expect his minutes to creep up in the high teens if his calf progresses well.
Apr 22 - 2:11 PM

Jonas Jerebko nearly fell out of Boston's rotation on Tuesday, finishing a loss in Cleveland with zero points in just four minutes off the bench.

Jerebko's rebound rate of 12.6 percent was fourth-best on the Celtics this season, ahead of Kelly Olynyk and Brandon Bass. He also had the best defensive rating (99.8) of any regular rotation player, so his absence was surprising, but the Celtics still gave the Cavs all they could handle with a modified frontcourt. We'll keep an eye on Jerebko's role as the series shifts to Boston.
Apr 21 - 10:05 PM

Isaiah Thomas was terrific during Game 2 on Tuesday with a team-high 22 points, seven assists and one steal in a tough 91-99 road loss.

The Celtics' bench outscored the Cavaliers' bench 51-7, which isn't shocking given their regular-season disparity -- Boston ranked first in bench scoring at 41.6 points per game, while Cleveland ranked 30th at 24.3 points. It's an advantage the Celts must continue to exploit if they hope to climb back from an 0-2 hole.
Apr 21 - 10:01 PM

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