Bird will draw the start at shooting guard for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Nets.
With the Celtics in a meaningless final game before the postseason, coach Brad Stevens is opting to get his young players some run and rest his usual starters. Bird has played over 20 minutes on two occasions this season, averaging 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Bird totaled 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-3 FT), three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes during Friday's 111-104 victory over Chicago.
Bird finished with a career-high 15 points in an impressive performance Friday. He should be looking at more run over the final games of the regular season and while the upside is not spectacular, he does bring the defense and has shown he can score when given the opportunity.
Bird was dealing with a back injury over the last week or so, but is finally back to full strength and ready to take the court. It's good timing for the Celtics, as they're set to be without Kyrie Irving (knee), Jaylen Brown (concussion) and Marcus Smart (thumb) in the backcourt. For that reason, Bird may actually see some minutes in the regular rotation Sunday after playing in just four games previously this season. That said, he's still not someone to target for DFS purposes.
Bird (back) won't be available for Wednesday's game against the Wizards, Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal reports.
The Celtics are dealing with a slew of injuries Wednesday, which could have potentially resulted in Bird seeing a few minutes at the back end of the regular rotation. However, Bird is still dealing with a back injury of his own that he suffered in the G-League, so he'll unfortunately be unable to make his fifth appearance of the season. With Bird unavailable, the Celtics will have just 10 active bodies Wednesday.
Bird sat out his fourth Red Claws game due to a back injury. Maine lost 102-94 to the Raptors 905.
Bird hasn't played since January 31st, starting but only seeing eight minutes of run versus the Santa Cruz Warriors. With the All-Star break upon us, Crustacean Nation does not have another game until Wednesday, February 21st, giving Bird some much needed time to recuperate.
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