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Celtics' Daniel Theis: Posts stellar all-around line
Theis finished with 19 points (8-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, three assists, three steals and three blocks across 28 minutes in Monday's 119-103 win over the Bulls.
Theis brought the defense for the second straight game, as he's now racked up five blocks and five steals between the past two contests. The big man has complemented the defensive production with some sharp shooting on the other end, knocking down two-thirds of his field-goal attempts and going 10-for-10 from the charity stripe between the two games. While the recent production probably makes Theis worth a flier in 12-team leagues, it's worth noting that the Celtics were missing Jayson Tatum in Sunday's win over the Cavaliers and Kemba Walker in Monday's contest. When the Celtics are at full strength, Theis' involvement on the offensive end will take a hit.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Scores 24 points in return
Tatum (COVID-19 health and safety protocols) notched 24 points (10-21 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, five assists and a block across 31 minutes in Monday's 119-103 win over the Bulls.
Tatum returned to action following a five-game absence, but the star forward didn't miss a beat en route to his sixth straight game with at least 24 points. Tatum needed 21 shots to reach that tally, but the rust was somewhat expected considering he hadn't stepped on the court since Jan. 8. Tatum has scored at least 20 points in all but one game this season and remains an elite scoring asset across most formats. His return might reduce the usage of players such as Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown, though.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Goes for 26 points Monday
Brown posted 26 points (10-21 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two steals across 30 minutes in Monday's win over the Bulls.
Brown was coming off a 33-point output the last time out, and while he was unable to repeat those numbers -- something expected with the return of Jayson Tatum -- he still produced a strong stat line across the board. Brown continues to improve on a year-to-year basis and is taking on a bigger responsibility when it comes to scoring. He has notched 20 or more points in eight straight games, averaging 27.6 points per game in that eight-game span.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Posts double-double in win
Smart registered 13 points (4-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and a block across 26 minutes in Monday's win over the Bulls.
Smart worked as the Celtics' primary playmaker with Kemba Walker (rest) sidelined, and he responded by posting a season-high mark in assists. Smart has now dished out seven or more dimes in three straight games while scoring 10 or more points in seven games in a row. His numbers are bound to decrease with Jayson Tatum back in the lineup and Kemba Walker slowly accounting for more and more minutes, but Smart remains a valuable fantasy performer due to his ability to make an impact in several areas almost on a nightly basis.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Daniel Theis: Posts full line in blowout
Theis tallied 17 points (4-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 8-8 FT), six rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist across 24 minutes Sunday in the Celtics' 141-103 win over the Cavaliers.
Head coach Brad Stevens' three-man center rotation of Theis, Tristan Thompson and Robert Williams has suppressed the value of all involved, but Theis is probably the most fantasy-friendly option of the group at the moment. Though he started for the first time in five games Sunday, Theis has been reasonably productive throughout that stretch, averaging 12.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.8 three-pointers and 0.6 blocks in 23.2 minutes. That modest level of production may still be difficult to replicate moving forward, as Theis could soon have less minutes and touches available with star forward Jayson Tatum (COVID-19) set to return from a multi-week absence Monday against the Bulls.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Romeo Langford: Still out Monday
Langford (wrist) will not play in Monday's game against Chicago.
Langford is yet to play his season while recovering from wrist surgery, and it's very much unclear how far away he is from making his season debut. As a rookie last season, Langford mostly struggled in 32 appearances, shooting 35.0 percent from the field (28-80 FG) and 18.5 percent from three (5-27 3PT).... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Officially set to return Monday
Tatum (COVID-19 protocols) has been removed from the Celtics' injury report ahead of Monday's game against Chicago, Marc D'Amico of the Celtics' official site reports.
Tatum's long-awaited return will finally arrive Monday, marking the end of an absence that stretched for more than two weeks. Tatum hasn't played since Jan. 8 following his positive COVID-19 test, but thanks to several postponements, he ultimately missed just five contests. The expectation is that Tatum will immediately slot back into the starting lineup, but the Celtics will monitor his minutes, and he won't play into the high-30s, per Jay King of The Athletic.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Tremont Waters: Sees 12 minutes of run in win
Waters posted two points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds over 12 minutes in Sunday's 141-103 home win over Cleveland.
The entire Boston bench saw big minutes as the Celtics dominated all four quarters Sunday night. Waters, playing on his second two-way contract, has appeared in six games for Boston and averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 dimes over 10.2 minutes per contest. The healthy return of Kemba Walker will make it even harder for Waters to see playing time, though Walker (knee) is scheduled to rest Monday night versus the Bulls.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Semi Ojeleye: Sees 17 minutes during blowout win
Ojeleye generated six points (2-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound and one assist over 17 minutes in Sunday's 141-103 home blowout win over the Cavaliers.
Boston controlled this one through all four quarters, putting an end to its three-game losing streak. Ojeleye and other reserves were able to play substantial minutes with the game well in hand. Through 14 games, The Ox is shooting 37.2 percent from behind the arc, adding credence to his 3-and-D label. He's also averaging what would be a career-high 18.4 minutes per game. Ojeleye might see a slight downturn in minutes with the return of Jayson Tatum on Monday.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Aaron Nesmith: Scores career-high 11 points
Nesmith (back) delivered 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-5 3Pt), six rebounds and one assist over 17 minutes in Sunday's 141-103 win over the Cavaliers.
Boston dominated Cleveland for all four quarters, allowing head coach Brad Stevens to give extra run to all of the Celtics' deep reserves. Nesmith, who missed the previous two games due to back spasms, was able to use the additional playing time to establish a new season high in scoring. The Celtics are likely to get Jayson Tatum (COVID-19) back in the lineup for Monday's game in Chicago, so assuming that contest is reasonably competitive, Nesmith could have a tough time cracking Stevens' rotation.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Stuffs stat sheet Sunday
Smart posted 12 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine assists, five steals and a block across 27 minutes in Sunday's win over the Cavaliers.
Smart snapped a run of back-to-back games with 20 or more points, but he ended just one assist shy of a double-double while also recording a season-high five steals. Smart might be in line for a bigger role Monday in the second set of a back-to-back against the Cavaliers with Payton Pritchard (knee) sidelined and Kemba Walker not playing due to rest.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Explodes for 33 points Sunday
Brown registered 33 points (13-20 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, an assist and two steals across 19 minutes in Sunday's win over the Cavaliers.
The Celtics led by 17 points at the end of the first quarter and that allowed the coaching staff to rest the team's key players and give an extended run to some of the bench guys. But that didn't stop Brown from delivering an offensive clinic with 33 points in just 19 minutes, the lowest playing time of any Boston starter. Brown has 25 or more points in five of his last six contests and has also scored 20-plus points in seven straight games. Sunday's 33 points in under 20 minutes played are the most by any player in the shot clock era.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Carsen Edwards: Takes advantage of minutes
Edwards (COVID-19 protocols) registered 18 points (7-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, an assist and a steal across 19 minutes off the bench in Sunday's 141-103 win over the Cavaliers.
The Celtics led by 17 points at the end of the first quarter and remained in control throughout, allowing the coaching staff to rest their key players and give an extended run to some of the bench players. Edwards took advantage of the opportunity and delivered his best fantasy performance of the season. The Celtics will be down Kemba Walker (rest) and Payton Pritchard (knee) in Monday's game against the Bulls, but expect Edwards to take more of a back seat in terms of usage if the game is competitive.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Kemba Walker: Set to rest Monday
Walker will be rested for Monday's game against the Bulls, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
With the Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back set, Walker will take a seat in an effort to ease the strain on his knees, which caused him to miss the first few weeks of the season. In Sunday's blowout win over the Cavs, Walker saw 24 minutes of action and finished with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and three three-pointers.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Expected back Monday
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Tatum (COVID-19 protocols) is expected to play in Monday's game against the Bulls.
Tatum will remain out for the front end of the back-to-back set Sunday versus Cleveland, but the forward appears on track to clear all protocols before Monday's contest. Assuming that's the case, Tatum will be making his first appearance since Jan. 8 against Washington. Given that he wasn't able to work out while completing a self-quarantine, Tatum's minutes could be managed more carefully than normal in Monday's contest.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Aaron Nesmith: Available against Cleveland
Nesmith (back) is available for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.
Nesmith was questionable for Sunday's contest after missing Friday's game against the 76ers, but he'll be able to suit up for the Celtics. However, he's unlikely to have a significant impact on the team's rotation.... See More ... See Less