Zeller (coach's decision) didn't play in Monday's 111-98 win over the Mavericks.
Zeller has been excluded from the rotation for two consecutive contests and looks like he'll be out of the mix for playing time at center in competitive games while the Celtics enjoy sound health in the frontcourt. He can largely be ignored in fantasy circles.
Zeller tallied 10 points (5-9 FG), three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 20 minutes in a 128-98 win over the Magic on Friday.
Zeller had been available for the Celtics' previous two games following a bout with a sinus infection that had sidelined him for the entire month, but it took a blowout game Friday in addition to Al Horford's (groin) absence in order for the reserve center to see the floor. Horford is listed as probable for the second half of the back-to-back set Saturday against the Bucks, so Zeller's strong outing off the bench a day earlier isn't guaranteed to keep him in coach Brad Stevens' rotation.
Zeller has been sidelined since the beginning of January while recovering from a sinus infection, but after returning to practice last week and seemingly regaining weight and conditioning, it looks like he's finally ready to take the court. The center wasn't a consistent member of coach Brad Stevens' rotation prior to falling ill, so it's not a lock that he'll see the floor Tuesday, even though he'll dress for the game.
Zeller (illness) will not play in Saturday's game against the Trail Blazers, Chris Forsberg of ESPN reports.
Zeller has been dealing with his illness for a few weeks now and hasn't played since Dec. 29. He has since started practicing and he appears to be nearing a return, but he'll have to wait until at least Tuesday against the Wizards now that he's been ruled out Saturday. When he does return he'll likely be limited and shouldn't be expected to see many minutes in his first games back.
Zeller has been sidelined since Dec. 29 due to an illness that saw him hospitalized at one point, but it sounds like he's finally close to making his return. With a full practice Friday, Zeller is seemingly just a shootaround attendance away from being cleared to play in Saturday's game against the Trail Blazers. Given that he's missed nine straight games and is averaging just 12.1 minutes this season, Zeller's role will likely be limited once he's available again, but his impending return would at least provide a boost to the
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