Nader delivered 10 points (3-4 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three assists and two turnovers across 28 minutes in Wednesday's 103-73 win over the Knicks.
The 10 points and 28 minutes of run were both career highs for the 24-year-old rookie. Nader played all of last year in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws. Boston was missing Kyrie Irving (quad) and Marcus Smart (finger). Injured stars and the blowout win combined to make many minutes available for Nader and other reserves. Still, coach Brad Stevens showed faith in the rookie small forward, calling his number on a few set plays. With Smart expected to be out for at least another week, Nader will get a chance to improve on the 8.3 minutes of play he's averaged this season. But it's probably wise to not expect another 28 minutes in Boston's Friday matchup versus the Hawks.
Nader is dealing with the flu and despite receiving treatment throughout the day, he's still not feeling well enough to take the court. His next shot to play will be Thursday against the 76ers and considering it's just an illness, there's a decent chance he's able to return for that contest. That said, Nader is currently outside the Celtics' regular rotation, so his absence shouldn't have much of an impact.
Nader is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans due to an illness.
With appearances in just three of the Celtics' last eight games and getting double-digit minutes in only one of those outings, Nader's potential absence Tuesday wouldn't have much of an impact on head coach Brad Stevens' rotation plans. At any rate, the Celtics will wait and see how Nader looks closer to the 7:30 p.m. EST tipoff before determining the rookie's fate.
Nader was recalled from the G-League on Monday.
Nader took part in one game with the Celtics' G-League affiliate, recording 11 points, three rebounds and three blocks across 31 minutes Sunday. He'll now return to the big club, but is nothing more than a deep reserve in the frontcourt. Nader has been a DNP-CD in three of the last four games for the Celtics, keeping him off the fantasy radar.
Nader was assigned to the G-League on Sunday.
Nader has played a total of three minutes over the Celtics last four games, so he'll head for another stint in the G-League, which will allow him the opportunity to see extended playing time and work on his overall development. That said, when he's recalled, he'll still likely remain outside the rotation most nights, keeping him off the fantasy radar.
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