Jerebko (illness) is considered probable to play Saturday against the Blazers, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England reports.
Jerebko came down with a cold Saturday morning, but the expectation is that he'll be cleared to play by the time tip-off rolls around. The wing is averaging 15.6 minutes per game in January but hasn't attempted more than five shots in any of his last nine contests.
Jerebko provided three points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3Pt), three rebounds and one rebound across 14 minutes in a 108-98 win over the Hornets on Monday.
Jerebko has been included in coach Brad Stevens' rotation in every game this season, but the 14 minutes he received Monday has been a fairly standard allotment of playing time for him when the frontcourt is reasonably healthy. With a 37.8 percent mark from three-point range on the season, Jerebko is a strong outside shooter for a big man, but that doesn't really make him unique in a rotation that includes three power forwards or centers (Al Horford, Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk) who are comfortable and often effective in firing away from deep.
Jerebko registered 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and two steals over 17 minutes in Thursday's 124-118 loss to the Cavaliers.
The Swedish forward supplied a season high in scoring, bouncing back in fine fashion after scoring a total of four points over the 34 minutes spanning his previous three appearances. Jerebko hadn't even hit double digits in the scoring column since back on Nov. 23 against the Nets, so Thursday's performance should be kept in perspective, particularly considering that Jerebko has only seen over 20 minutes in three of 15 December games.
Jerebko continues to produce steady, yet modest numbers off the bench. Coach Brad Stevens clearly appreciates Jerebko's ability to play both forward spots, as the 6-foot-10 big man provides nice spacing on offense and a boost of energy on defense. He'll never lead the team in shot attempts, but for very deep leagues, Jerebko could be useful roster fodder. Through the first nine games of December, he's averaging 4.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.8 three-pointers in 17.8 minutes per contest.
Jerebko will shift back to the bench Wednesday against Orlando, Chris Forsberg of ESPN reports.
Coach Brad Stevens deviated from his usual starting five Monday against Houston, opting to insert Jerebko in place of Amir Johnson at power forward to counter the Rockets' smaller frontcourt. With Orlando starting a more traditional center/power forward combination, the Celtics will go back to Johnson at the four alongside Al Horford. The move shouldn't result in much of change in expectations for Jerebko, who played 21 minutes Monday, up only slightly from his season average of 17.4.
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