Poirier will return to the Red Claws for Saturday's game against Delaware.
Poirier will rejoin Maine in order to get extra reps. The rookie center's on the outside of the Celtics' rotation and is averaging just 4.4 minutes across eight appearances this season. He's appeared in one other game for Maine this season, scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds in 26.3 minutes off the bench.
Poirier was recalled from the G League on Friday, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Poirier was great in his G League debut Thursday, posting 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks. He's unlikely to see significant NBA run unless the Celtics' deal with a myriad of injuries.
Poirier posted 14 points (6-9 FG, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks across 26 minutes in Thursday's 123-118 home loss to the Wisconsin Herd.
Thursday marked Poirier's G League debut, as the Celtic assignee needed a boost in playing time after sitting through the bulk of Celtics' games. The Frenchman delivered for the Red Claws, nearly posting a double-double while swatting shots and dropping some nice dimes. With Tacko Fall (knee) out, the Red Claws can use Poirier's presence inside. It isn't known yet if Poirier will stay in Maine for Crustacean Nation's Saturday home battle with the Blue Coats.
Poirier did not come off the bench in Wednesday's 107-104 overtime road loss to the Clippers.
That marks four straight games in which Poirier has not left the bench. The French rookie has only appeared in five of Boston's 14 games, despite short-term injuries to Enes Kanter, Robert Williams and Enes Kanter. That trend is likely to continue Friday night in Denver.
Poirier is likely to to see extended playing time Wednesday against the Wizards.
Poirier hasn't played more than seven minutes in his four appearances for the Celtics this season, but Daniel Theis (finger) and Robert Williams (ankle) are both out Wednesday. Enes Kanter also won't come near 30 minutes, per Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com, leaving the team with plenty of minutes to fill at center.
Poirier played only two minutes and missed his only shot in Saturday's 135-115 road win versus the Spurs.
The French import has yet to play more than seven minutes in a game and has received four DNP's. And the limited playing time has occurred while Enes Kanter (knee) has yet to play for Boston. Poirier is fourth on the Boston center depth chart, behind Kanter, Daniel Theis and Robert Williams. Theis and Williams were both outstanding in Saturday's win. Boston now travels to Dallas for Monday's matchup with the Mavs.
Poirier has shot 66.7 percent from the field in his first two NBA games this season.
Through Boston's first five games, Poirier has received three DNPs and has not played more than seven minutes in the other two contests. He has made two of his three field goals, but his playing time might not increase any time soon since he is buried near the bottom of the Celtics' depth chart at center. He is averaging 2.0 points and 0.5 rebounds in 6.0 minutes per contest.
Poirier chipped in two points in six minutes during Boston's win Saturday over the Knicks.
The game marked Poirier's first-ever NBA action. The 26-year-old was brought in by Boston this summer after he led the EuroLeague in rebounding in 2018-19. That said, he hasn't had much of a chance to prove himself, failing to leave the bench in Boston's first two games before debuting Saturday. With minor injuries to Enes Kanter (knee) and Daniel Theis (ankle), the rookie may have a few more opportunities to prove himself, though in only a limited basis.
Poirier finished with eight points (2-2 FG, 4-6 FT), six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks in 20 minutes during Tuesday's 118-95 win over the Cavaliers.
Poirier contributed across every category and could be in line to pick up some additional minutes if Robert Williams (head) is forced to miss any time. Poirier isn't likely to make a splash in fantasy this season, but he will provide depth down low on a team that lost its top big man this past summer in free agency.
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