Player News - Celtics

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Abdel Nader (right wrist) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Game 7 against the Cavaliers on Sunday.

He only logged 58 seconds in Game 6 and is averaging only 1.2 points a game in the five games he's played this series. In the most crucial game of the Celtics seasons, it's unlikely he'll play on Sunday.
Source: NBA.com
May 26 - 8:07 PM

Shane Larkin (shoulder) is listed as doubtful in the game notes for Game 7 against Cleveland on Sunday.

He hasn't played since his injury on May 7th against Philadelphia and the team hasn't been expecting him to play all series vs. Cleveland, so it would come as somewhat of a shock for him to suit up.
Source: NBA.com
May 26 - 7:55 PM

Jayson Tatum was evaluated by doctors on Saturday, and there's no concern of a concussion.

He felt great after the game and today, as well. "Nothing there to be concerned about," coach Brad Stevens said. Tatum did take some contact to his head from the Kevin Love collision and he didn't look like himself for about half the game, so the team will evaluate him again before Game 7 on Sunday. For now, expect him to get 36-40 minutes in Game 7.
May 26 - 3:15 PM

Daniel Theis (knee) said he expects to be cleared for full-contact basketball activities in August.

Theis underwent successful surgery to repair his left knee lateral meniscus back in mid-March. He is hoping to join the German team for the FIBA World Cup and expects to be ready for training camp before the start of the 2018-19 season. "I think I can start basketball like full contact in August," said Theis. "Then if I can play high level in, like, September it’s good for me, it’s good for the team to see how I’m progressing in terms of training camp in September."
May 26 - 11:40 AM

Terry Rozier was terrific in a 109-99 losing effort in Cleveland on Friday, scoring 28 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one turnover and six 3-pointers.

He was 10-of-16 from the field and made both free throws to get him to a sterling 1.56 points per possession. The Cavs were really limiting Al Horford on screen-and-roll plays, so that helped get Rozier open. Maybe the Cavs dared Rozier to shoot the ball because of his road woes, so perhaps they won't have a similar plan in Game 7. He's been awesome at home all postseason.
May 25 - 11:23 PM

Jaylen Brown made 11-of-18 from the field for 27 points with three rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Cavs in Game 6 on Friday.

He was on a heater in the first quarter, scoring 15 of Boston's 25 points with Brown scoring the final nine of the frame. Brown was extremely aggressive on the offensive end and he didn't turn the ball over, but it wasn't his best defensive game. If Marcus Morris plays poorly again, Brown may have to defend LeBron James more, which could hurt his offensive output.
May 25 - 11:18 PM

Jayson Tatum scored 15 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Cavs on Friday in Game 6.

He collided with Kevin Love in the first quarter and he may have tweaked his left shoulder or taken a slight hit to the head. Tatum wasn't nearly as aggressive for about two quarters after that, but he eventually started getting to the rim in the fourth. He thrived in Game 5, so he could have a signature moment in Game 7.
May 25 - 11:14 PM

Al Horford scored six points with nine rebounds, four assists, one block and two turnovers in 37 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

The Cavs really focused on taking Horford out of the game as they stuck with him on pick-and-roll plays -- that partially explains why the guards fared well. A downside on the Kevin Love (head) injury is that Horford may have a tougher time scoring, especially after a strong game from Jeff Green on defense -- yes, we know that sounds weird. He did play well in the previous two, so maybe he gets back on track in Game 7 in Boston.
May 25 - 11:12 PM

Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Aron Baynes and Al Horford will start again on Friday against the Cavs.

This time, coach Ty Lue should be expecting Semi Ojeleye to be on the bench. Kidding aside, Lue also gave credit to coach Brad Stevens for the Baynes move, which helped out Horford in Game 5. Marcus Morris is still going to see minutes in the up 30 and will be the main defender on LeBron James.
May 25 - 7:03 PM

Coach Brad Stevens does not think Shane Larkin (shoulder) will play in Game 6 against Cleveland on Friday.

Larkin hasn't played all series and wasn't expected to, so the game plan will not change for the Celtics. He's doubtful for the rest of the series if it were to be extended to a Game 7.
May 25 - 11:47 AM

Aron Baynes had six points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes in Boston's 96-83 Game 5 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.

Brad Stevens decided to switch up his roster for the first time this series and says that he started Baynes so that he could rotate his starting wings and two reserve wings throughout the remainder of the night. We'll see if he sticks with this lineup as the Celtics try to close out the series and advance to the NBA Finals on Friday.
May 24 - 12:07 AM

Marcus Morris was solid in 37 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with six rebounds and a steal in the Celtics 96-83 win over the Cavaliers.

This was the first game of the series that Morris came off the bench, even though he played 37 minutes, the most he's played all series. Brad Stevens says that he started Aron Baynes over Morris so that he could rotate his starting wings and two reserve wings throughout the remainder of the night. It makes sense as Boston only really played seven guys tonight other than Abdel Nader and Guerschon Yabusele who both logged two minutes.
May 23 - 11:56 PM

Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds as well as an assist and a steal in Boston's Game 5 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.

Horford recorded his seventh double-double of the playoffs in a crucial win for the Celtics. He only shot 4-of-9 from the field but went 6-of-6 from the line. The Cavaliers were on a 9-0 run to cut the game to 12 halfway through the fourth, but a Horford dunk ended the run and put the game away for good to seal the win for the C's.
May 23 - 11:46 PM

Jayson Tatum scored 24 points to along with seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks in Boston’s 96-83 Game 5 win over Cleveland on Wednesday.

With his 24, Tatum has now scored the fourth most points (312) by a rookie in postseason history. He only needs 41 more points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most ever by a rookie. The rook continues to emerge as a star and is now one win away from a trip to the NBA Finals.
May 23 - 11:05 PM

Marcus Morris will reportedly come off Boston's bench for Thursday's Game 5 vs. Cleveland.

Brad Stevens wouldn't divulge potential lineup changes until the very last moment, but the official listing has Aron Baynes starting ahead of Morris.
May 23 - 8:29 PM


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