Yabusele delivered four points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and one steal over 18 minutes in Wednesday's 125-124 double OT loss to the Wizards.
Nothing screams "Wow, the Celtics have a lot of injuries" like the Dancing Bear appearing in the starting lineup. That said, he gave coach Brad Stevens quality minutes, helping Boston jump out to an early lead. Still, Yabusele was a starter in name only, receiving the fewest minutes of the nine Celtics who received playing time. Boston was without Kyrie Irving (knee), Al Horford (illness), Jaylen Brown (concussion), Marcus Smart (thumb) and Daniel Theis (knee). With Horford expected to return Friday versus the Magic, expect Yabusele to return to his bench role.
With the likes of Al Horford (illness), Kyrie Irving (knee), Marcus Smart (thumb), Jaylen Brown (concussion) and Daniel Theis (knee) all ruled out, coach Brad Stevens has to dig deep into his reserves against Washington. That's resulted in Yabusele drawing a start at power forward. He's had a bigger presence in the G-League than at the NBA level, averaging 20.3 points, 7.9 boards, 3.0 combined steals/blocks and 2.3 threes across 35.4 minutes per game with the Maine Red Claws this season. He's never played more than 11 minutes in an NBA game, posting four points and three rebounds in 11 minutes Feb. 6 against the Raptors, but should see more run than that Wednesday.
Yabusele (illness) was recalled from the G-League on Monday, Scott Souza of GateHouse Media reports.
Yabusele missed his last G-League game with an illness, but appears to be back to full strength and will rejoin the Celtics as a reserve option in the frontcourt. Boston's depth just took a significant hit following the season-ending knee injury to Daniel Theis, which will likely allow Yabusele to see at least a handful of minutes in the regular rotation. Greg Monroe still appears likely to benefit the most, bu again, Yabusele should also take on a few extra minutes. So far this season, Yabusele has averaged just 5.0 minutes across 22 games at the big league level.
Yabusele missed Friday's 114-108 loss at Erie due to an illness.
Yabusele missed back-to-back games the Red Claws had the last two days because of his illness. It's possible that the 22-year-old forward may need one more game to recover, but consider him a game-time decision for Maine's game Tuesday.
Yabusele had 23 points (9-15 FG, 5-10 3Pt), 16 rebounds, five assists and one block during Sunday's 112-109 win over visiting Windy City.
Coming off his worst game of the year, Yabusele was able to reach the 23-point mark on 60 percent shooting while accounting for a new career high with 16 rebounds. It's surprising that Sunday's performance was only the second double-double of the year for the 22-year-old though. Yabusele's season averages of 20.7 points and 8.0 rebounds indicates that he should be able too on a daily basis.
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