Ojeleye (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) posted 18 points (6-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds and an assist across 20 minutes off the bench in Friday's win over the Magic.
Ojeleye was one of several Celtics players placed in the protocol last week after being identified as a close contact of teammate Jayson Tatum -- who tested positive for COVID-19 -- but Ojeleye never missed any game action thanks to three consecutive postponements. Though he moved to the bench after starting in his previous appearance Jan. 8, Ojeleye was able to take on an increased role as a scorer thanks to the blowout nature of the contest. Expect him to see his minutes and overall usage decrease in more competitive games.
Ojeleye (COVID-19 protocols) has been cleared to play Friday against the Magic, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.
The Celtics are playing their first game since Jan. 8 due to COVID-19 protocols, and Ojeleye will be available. Over the past four games, he's averaging 9.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22.8 minutes.
Ojeleye (COVID-19 protocols) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against Orlando.
Ojeleye is one of several Celtics regulars who've been bumped up to questionable, so it looks as though Boston may not be severely shorthanded Friday night. With three straight postponements, the Celtics have not played since last Friday against Washington.
Ojeleye (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) is expected to remain out through Friday's game against the Magic, though he could be eligible to rejoin the Celtics as soon as Saturday, Tom Westerholm of Boston.com reports.
Ojeleye entered the NBA's health and safety protocols last Friday, when he was deemed to be a close contact of Jayson Tatum, who tested positive for COVID-19. At this stage, no reports have surfaced indicating that Ojeleye has tested positive himself, so the expectation is that he'll be cleared to return to the team once he completes the seven-day quarantine that has been standard for players ruled out through contact tracing. Since Tatum's positive test, the Celtics have had three consecutive games postponed, so Ojeleye won't actually end up missing any action until Friday's contest, assuming it ends up being played.
Ojeleye (COVID-19 protocols) is out for Sunday's game against the Heat, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Ojeleye is one of nine players for the Celtics who won't be with the team for Sunday's game. Aaron Nesmith will jump into a large role due to the team's virus outbreak.
Ojeleye is questionable for Sunday's game against the Heat due to the league's health and safety protocols.
The Celtics are potentially dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, so contact tracing has nearly half the roster on the injury report due to the health and safety protocols. Ojeleye will need to clear said protocols to have a chance of playing Sunday, with numerous teammates in the same situation.
Ojeleye put up 12 points (4-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds and an assist across 30 minutes off the bench in Monday's 126-114 win over the Raptors.
Ojeleye posted his best scoring output of the season and has surpassed the 10-point mark in back-to-back contests. He's not expected to crack the starting lineup any time soon and his upside might be limited going forward, but he has shown he is capable of putting up decent numbers when given the chance.
Ojeleye is averaging 5.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 0.7 threes across 15.3 minutes per game across the first three games of the season.
Ojeleye looks to have resumed the role he had last season for the Celtics, though he's seen a slight uptick in scoring in the early going of this year. The 26-year-old wing is going to have a tough time producing fantasy value in his limited action off the bench, but he is averaging a career high of 40.0 percent from downtown through three games, which could earn him more playing time if that trend continues.
Ojeleye generated three points (1-3 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and three rebounds over nine minutes of run in Friday's 92-87 Game 7 win over Toronto.
Despite shortened playoff rotations, Ojeleye has appeared in 10 of Boston's 11 playoff games heading into the Eastern Conference finals. The hulking wing provided a quick breather for wings Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown during the win, but he was on the floor for a few of Toronto's successful comeback runs. The Celtics will continue to need Ojeleye's 3-and-D support starting Tuesday in the Eastern Conference finals versus Miami.
Ojeleye will start Thursday's game against the Wizards, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
With most of Boston's key players getting the day off, Ojeleye will join the starting five for the team's seeding game finale. In his five previous starts this season, he's averaging 5.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 22.0 minutes.
Ojeleye generated three points (1-6 FG, 1-5 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist and one theft over 19 minutes in Tuesday's 112-106 loss to the Heat.
Ojeleye has averaged 14 minutes of run in Boston's first three Orlando bubble games, with averages of 2.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 three-pointers. The C's look to the burly Ojeleye to provide strong 3-and-D efforts off the bench, and he is often charged with guarding the opponent's star wings for a spell. Don't expect the reserve wing to light up the stat sheet. The Celtics now face the Nets on Wednesday as the second game in a back-to-back.
Ojeleye chipped in two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one turnover over 13 minutes of run Friday's Orlando bubble scrimmage loss to OKC.
Ojeleye was one of eight Boston reserves to see double-digit minutes in the scrimmage. Boston is hoping the muscular wing can provide solid 3-and-D bench production during the play-in games leading to the playoffs. During his 61 appearances before the sports stoppage, Ojeleye shot 36.7 percent from behind the arc and averaged 0.6 treys per contest. He might see a bit more run during these play-in games as coach Brad Stevens tries to keep his regulars fresh for the playoffs. So far this season, Ojeleye has averaged 14.6 minutes per contest.
Ojeleye posted nine points (4-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt) and seven rebounds in 34 minutes during Friday's 99-94 loss against the Jazz.
Ojeleye got the start due to the fact both Gordon Hayward (knee) and Jaylen Brown (hamstring) are still sidelined, and he was coming off a 22-point effort earlier this week against the Cavaliers. He didn't take advantage of the chance, however, and all signs point toward him moving back to the bench at the earliest opportunity.
Ojeleye will start Friday's game against the Jazz, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
With Gordon Hayward (knee) and Jaylen Brown (hamstring) still sidelined, coach Brad Stevens will opt to give Ojeleye a chance in the starting five. Across four previous starts this season, he's averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 19.0 minutes.
Ojeleye scored 22 points (8-11 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go along with six rebounds, two assists and a block in 30 minutes in Wednesday's 112-106 win versus the Cavaliers.
Ojeleye was huge for the Celtics off the bench in this win. With Jaylen Brown (hamstring), Kemba Walker (knee) and Gordon Hayward (knee) all out, Ojeleye saw a season-high 30 minutes and produced a career-high 22 points. While this was encouraging, it is hard to expect another performance like this from the third-year forward. Prior to this, Ojeleye had gone scoreless in six of his last eight contests and had only posted double-digit points twice in his first 57 games of the season. Even if the Celtics continue to be without multiple starters for Monday's tilt versus the Jazz, Ojeleye will still be a risky option for both daily and season formats.
Ojeleye (groin) is back on the court Wednesday against the Cavaliers, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.
Ojeleye was questionable to return after taking a knee to the groin during the first half, but he's back in the game in the third quarter. The 25-year-old will look to pick up where he left off, as he had 15 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 3Pt), two points and one assist prior to exiting the contest.
Ojeleye (groin) is questionable to return Wednesday against the Cavaliers, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Ojeleye was locked in before taking a shot to the groin area, tallying 15 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 3Pt), two rebounds and one assist in 13 minutes.
Ojeleye received only one minute of playing time during Wednesday's 114-103 road win in Utah.
Over Boston's last seven games, the hulking wing has averaged only 7.5 minutes of run with one DNP-CD. Coach Brad Stevens likes to experiment with his rotations and Ojeleye is currently experiencing a brief downturn in floor time. The third-year veteran is still averaging 14 minutes per game this season, a nice boost up from last season's 11 minutes per contest. Look for Ojeleye to receive more run Saturday at home versus Houston's small-ball lineup.
Ojeleye didn't see the court in Sunday's 112-111 road win at Oklahoma City.
Sunday marked Ojeleye's first DNP-CD since Jan. 3. The 3-and-D wing averaged 18 minutes of run over the last 12 games, posting 4.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.8 three-pointers per contest. Expect Ojeleye to return to the court and provide bench support at Tuesday's match-up in Houston.
Ojeleye offered five points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and three rebounds in 12 minutes during Saturday's 140-105 win over the Pelicans.
Ojeleye has earned double-digit minutes in just three of his last eight appearances and remains in more or less the same role as his first two seasons. As such, he can be avoided in most leagues.
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