Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Aron Baynes (left elbow) is listed as questionable on the injury report for Saturday's game vs. the Knicks.

Baynes injured his elbow in the first quarter of Friday's win over the Pistons and was unable to return to the contest. Coach Brad Stevens said after the game that the elbow was sore. If Baynes is unable to play on Saturday, Daniel Theis and Greg Monroe would soak up additional minutes.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 24 - 11:52 AM

Shane Larkin (sore right knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Knicks.

Larkin has been sidelined since the end of January but has made progress of late. In fact, he returned to full practice on Thursday. However, with both Marcus Smart (hand) and Terry Rozier in the mix, Larkin will see only limited minutes off the bench even when he is fully healthy. He should be left on waivers.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 24 - 11:46 AM

Coach Brad Stevens said Aron Baynes is dealing with a sore left elbow but has not been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Knicks.

Baynes started on Friday vs. the Pistons, but logged just three minutes before injuring his elbow. Daniel Theis was the primary beneficiary in Baynes' absence. Theis scored 19 points and grabbed seven boards in 21 minutes off the bench. We should have an update on Baynes Saturday afternoon.
Feb 24 - 9:25 AM

Kyrie Irving scored 18 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Pistons during a 110-98 win on Friday.

He wasn't happy about how his team struggled to finish up their first half of the season, and today their defensive intensity was back. The Celtics are going to be battling with the Raptors for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, so that should help keep Kyrie from getting too many rest days.
Feb 23 - 9:53 PM

Jaylen Brown scored eight points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

He did lose some minutes to Terry Rozier down the stretch and it's probably a fair bet to say Brown may have a tough time sustaining his 31.6 minutes per game. He should still be able to flirt with 30 minutes, but Brown can be considered as a drop in shallower leagues now that his ceiling and floor have lowered.
Feb 23 - 9:42 PM

Jayson Tatum scored 15 points with one rebound and two 3-pointers in just 21 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

Somewhat surprisingly, it was Tatum who took a hit with playing time with Marcus Smart coming back, but Tatum did close this game before it got to garbage time. He has cooled off a tad from his tremendous start, but he's still a must-start plaery in 12-team leagues.
Feb 23 - 9:40 PM

Greg Monroe scored eight points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 19 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

There are just too many options for Brad Stevens, so Monroe won't be able to overcome how he'll be used situationally. He should've been dropped when he agreed to sign with the Celtics.
Feb 23 - 9:38 PM

Daniel Theis scored a career-high 19 points against the Pistons on Friday, adding seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

He was awesome the first half, so coach Brad Stevens rolled the Theis out there to start the third because Aron Baynes got hurt. It's unknown if Aron Baynes' elbow injury is bad, but the team did originally say he was available to return before later ruling him out. He's not really an add unless we get more news on Baynes, and for now it sounds like Baynes' injury is more of a day-to-day issue.
Feb 23 - 9:37 PM

Marcus Smart made 5-of-9 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers against the Pistons on Friday.

It was one of his better games on offense and he brought it on defense as per usual. Maybe Smart's incident with a picture frame gave him a little extra edge, but it's not like effort was a problem with him anyway. He'll still likely be a guy that should be used on teams punting FG%, but the counting stats will be there with minutes closer to 30.
Feb 23 - 9:34 PM

Terry Rozier scored 11 points with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

His minutes were going to take a hit here, but the Celtics second unit got hot early in the fourth to get this game to garbage time. If not for the blowout and also Aron Baynes getting hurt to make the Celtics smaller, Rozier likely would've been closer to 20 minutes. He's more of a low-upside hold in deeper leagues and it didn't help that Marcus Smart played well today.
Feb 23 - 9:31 PM

Aron Baynes (left elbow) will not return against the Pistons on Friday.

The team originally called him available to return from his left elbow injury, but apparently the injury was worse than originally thought. Daniel Theis has been tearing it up in the first half, so coach Brad Stevens may just go with him even more after halftime. He's not really a strong pickup unless he was already on your radar before today.
Feb 23 - 8:11 PM

Marcus Smart (hand) is available to play on Friday against the Pistons.

The Celtics will go with their usual lineup of Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Aron Baynes. As for Smart, it'll be interesting to see how he fits with Terry Rozier playing well. It's also possible guys like Marcus Morris could lose run with more three-guard lineups being used.
Feb 23 - 5:40 PM

Shane Larkin (sore right knee) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

Larkin has missed nearly a month of action, with his last game appearance coming back on Jan. 27. However, Larkin was able to practice with the team on Thursday, indicating he is inching closer to a return.
Feb 23 - 11:10 AM

Coach Brad Stevens said that he expects Marcus Smart (thigh) to play Friday vs. the Pistons.

Smart missed the final 11 games before the All-Star break due to a hand injury. He's been cleared to return from that ailment; however, he sat out Thursday's practice due to a thigh bruise. Yet, the bruise is considered minor and we should see Smart make his return to action on Friday night. Terry Rozier will see his playing time reduced with Smart back in the lineup.
Feb 23 - 11:09 AM

Shane Larkin (sore right knee) is listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Detroit.

Larkin has not played in a game since January 27th, but was able to return to full practice on Thursday and appears to be making solid progress. However, Marcus Smart (hand) is expected to return to the lineup on Friday, which means Larkin will only see limited minutes off the bench even when he is fully healthy.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 23 - 10:09 AM


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