Player News - Celtics

Date: Team: Pos:

Daniel Theis (plantar fasciitis) grabbed two rebounds in five minutes off the bench on Sunday.

Theis was available for "limited minutes" if needed, coach Brad Stevens said before the game. He missed a surprisingly short amount of time after tearing his plantar fasciia in late October and his return is great news for Boston's frontcourt depth. This won't impact most fantasy rosters, though.
Nov 11 - 11:53 PM

Aron Baynes had two points, two rebounds and one steal off Boston's bench on Sunday.

Baynes logged nine minutes and he hasn't scored double-digit points since Oct. 20. He didn't have fantasy value outside of the absolute deepest leagues last season, and that was before Boston drafted Robert Williams, so he's far off the radar.
Nov 11 - 11:51 PM

Jayson Tatum scored a season-high 27 points on Sunday with eight rebounds, five 3-pointers and two blocks in 35 minutes vs. the Blazers.

Tatum dropped 23+ points three times in Boston's first five games, but had cooled off with an average of 12.8 points in his previous six games. His game-high scoring tonight couldn't prevent Boston from their fourth loss in the past five games, all during an extended roadtrip, so maybe they'll fare better at home vs. Chicago on Wednesday.
Nov 11 - 11:51 PM

Kyrie Irving returned on Sunday with 21 points on 9-of-24 shooting in 32 minutes, making three 3-pointers with six assists and a season-high five steals.

Irving missed one game on Friday for personal reasons but he's healthy and has been absolutely locked-in lately. Over his previous five games, he averaged 29.4 points (55.9% FGs, 95.0% FTs), 4.8 triples, 5.2 boards, 5.2 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.0 blocks -- those ludicrous numbers were easily the best in the league for that span. He's paying off nicely for owners and should continue to do so as Boston vies for supremacy in the East.
Nov 11 - 11:48 PM

Daniel Theis (torn plantar fascia) will be available to play Sunday against Portland.

Head coach Brad Stevens said that Theis will play "limited minutes if needed," so it sounds like there's a chance he won't play at all tonight. Even if he does get out there, he won't be on the floor enough to make an impact in fantasy hoops.
Nov 11 - 7:34 PM

Daniel Theis (torn plantar fascia) has been upgraded to probable for Sunday's game.

He was 'doubtful' earlier in the day so this is a welcome surprise for Boston, assuming he does take the court. His return is more of a real-world boost for the frontcourt depth, though, and does little to help fantasy owners.
Nov 11 - 6:25 PM

Daniel Theis (torn plantar fascia) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Portland.

Theis has been out since late October, but has made some progress recently and looks to be close to a return. He recently said he's targeting a return this week and it seems like that will be the case. He's not necessarily a fantasy factor himself, but he'll take some time away from Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes when he returns.
Nov 11 - 2:08 PM

Daniel Theis (torn plantar fascia) did some light running on the treadmill and some light shooting on Friday and is targeting a return to the lineup next week.

Theis suffered a slight tear of his plantar fascia near the end of October but has been making solid progress over the last week. Upon his return, he will eat into the playing time of Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes.
Nov 10 - 9:45 AM

Gordon Hayward scored 13 points with seven assists, one rebound, one steal and one triple in a 123-115 loss to his former team on Friday.

Playing in his first back-to-back set of the season, Hayward was cleared to play 26 minutes and coach Brad Stevens called it a "litmus test" for the 28-year-old. Considering he scored eight points or fewer in each of his last three games, tonight was definitely a step in the right direction. It's still going to take him a while to perform at the level where he was drafted.
Nov 10 - 1:03 AM

Jayson Tatum scored 21 points vs. the Jazz on Friday with four assists, three rebounds, five steals and two triples in 36 minutes.

He was 7-of-14 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line, and the five steals were a career-high (he has six games to his name with at least four takeaways). Tatum's usage rate (22.0) didn't go up much with Kyrie Irving (personal) out, mainly because Terry Rozier is a usage rate monster himself. Tatum is sitting just inside the top-75 for 9-category leagues, but that should trend up once his FG% (40.3) stabilizes in the mid-40s.
Nov 10 - 12:56 AM

Marcus Smart posted season-highs in points (13) and assists (10) against the Jazz on Friday.

That's his first double-double of the season and he added three rebounds, two steals, four triples and one turnover in 33 minutes. Kyrie Irving (personal) was out and is expected to be back on Sunday vs. the Blazers, so there's no reason to overreact here. Prior to Friday, Smart wasn't relevant in most fantasy leagues with 5.2 points, 3.8 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.5 triples on 32.7% shooting.
Nov 10 - 12:47 AM

Terry Rozier started for Kyrie Irving (personal) against the Jazz on Friday, scoring a season-high 22 points with six rebounds, three assists and five triples in 36 minutes.

Rozier was 1-of-4 in the first half for three points which surely made his fantasy owners sweat, but he exploded down the stretch and made a game out of what looked like a blowout. He averaged 15.6 points, 6.4 boards, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.9 3-pointers as a starter last season, and tonight was a good reminder of what he could do if he was traded or moved into the starting lineup due to an injury. Kyrie will be back for Sunday's game vs. Portland, so Rozier will return to his role as Boston's sixth man.
Nov 10 - 12:42 AM

Kyrie Irving will play on Sunday against the Blazers.

He was not with the team for the game in Utah because of a memorial for his grandfather. Irving was starting to heat up before his time off, and he had one of his best stretches of the year with an 18-point run in the fourth and OT in Phoenix. Kyrie vs. Dame Lillard should be a treat.
Nov 10 - 12:25 AM

Gordon Hayward is expected to play 23-26 minutes vs. the Jazz on Friday.

It's a back-to-back, so his fantasy owners are just glad to see him active. Hayward hasn't found his stride yet, but a matchup vs. his old team could get him going.
Nov 9 - 8:07 PM

Terry Rozier will get the start for Kyrie Irving (personal) against the Jazz on Friday.

Irving is out to attend a memorial service for his grandfather, and he's been expected to miss this game since last month. Rozier has not played well this year and he's seen his minutes drop, so he has a lot on the line tonight.
Nov 9 - 8:06 PM


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