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Celtics' Daniel Theis: Scoreless in brief return
Theis (foot) was scoreless (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt) over five minutes in the Celtics' 100-94 loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday but mustered two rebounds.
Theis was making his first appearance since Oct. 27, so his playing time was unsurprisingly brief. The 26-year-old is capable of offering some scoring punch off the bench, but he'll presumably need a couple of games to work his way back up to double-digit minutes.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Gordon Hayward: Fills out stat sheet in loss
Hayward posted seven points (3-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt), nine rebounds, five assists and one steal across 31 minutes in the Celtics' 100-94 loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Hayward provided a robust line, but just as encouraging was the fact he logged a season-high minutes total. The 28-year-old hadn't eclipsed 27 minutes in any contest prior to Sunday's, so fantasy owners will hope that his enhanced workload is here to stay. Hayward also equaled a season high in rebounds versus the Blazers, making it a strong fantasy night despite the modest scoring tally.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Al Horford: Solid all-around line in loss
Horford provided 10 points (4-14 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks across 34 minutes in the Celtics' 100-94 loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Horford struggled with his shot for the first time all month, but he made up for it with his best rebounding total since Oct. 25. The 32-year-old has been particularly sharp on the defensive end lately, as he's recorded multiple blocks in three straight games. Horford's scoring continues to see occasional dips, but his typically strong work elsewhere keeps him productive in all formats.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Marcus Morris: Leads bench in scoring during loss
Morris contributed 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt), six rebounds and one steal across 25 minutes in the Celtics' 100-94 loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Morris once again served as a key source of offense off the bench, leading the Celtics reserves in points. The versatile veteran has five double-digit scoring efforts in his first six November games, and he's complemented those offensive contributions by hauling in between five and eight rebounds in each contest as well. Morris' minutes load continues to steadily fall in the mid 20s at minimum on most nights, providing him ample opportunity to continue producing.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Kyrie Irving: Solid line in return
Irving (personal) tallied 21 points (9-24 FG, 3-10 3Pt), six assists, two rebounds and five steals across 32 minutes in the Celtics' 100-94 loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Although his shot was less than efficient, Irving remained aggressive enough to generate the second-highest scoring total on the night for the Celtics. The multi-time All-Star had missed Friday's loss to the Jazz due to the death of his grandfather, but he was able to post his fourth game with at least 20 points in the last five in his return. Irving also continued shining on defense, with Sunday's multi-steal effort marking his third such tally in the last four contests.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Season-high scoring total in loss
Tatum tallied 27 points (9-18 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds and two blocks across 35 minutes in the Celtics' 100-94 loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Tatum's scoring total was a season high and qualified as his second straight 20-point effort after a multi-game stretch of more muted production on the scoreboard. The second-year pro has had the hot hand over the last pair of contests, shooting 50.0 percent in each, including a blistering 53.8 percent from distance. Given Boston's struggles on offense overall this season, this is the caliber of performance the team will consistently need from Tatum in order to meet its lofty aspirations.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Walter Lemon Jr.: Leads Red Claws with 23 in loss
Lemon posted 23 points (10-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt), six rebounds and six assists over 39 minutes in Saturday's 133-105 road loss to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
The two-way contract player continues to lead Maine in points, assists and minutes played. Unfortunately, the 6-3 point guard can't help the Red Claws on the glass, where they were once again out-rebounded by the Mad Ants. Lemon and his teammates will look to improve their 1-3 record when they travel north of the border Thursday to face the Raptors 905.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Guerschon Yabusele: Collects sixth DNP in loss at Portland
Yabusele received a DNP-Coach's Decision in Sunday's 100-94 loss in Portland.
The DNP was Yabusele's sixth of the season. The 22 year-old Frenchmen is buried deep on the Boston depth chart, behind Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Al Horford and a few others. He's only averaging 1.8 minutes per game during the few games he's played. On Friday versus Utah, Yabusele saw only a few seconds of run when he was inserted to intentionally foul Rudy Gobert. Expect Yabusele's role of cheer leader and bench insurance to continue unless the Celtic's roster suddenly suffers multiple injuries.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Brad Wanamaker: Collects seventh straight DNP
Wanamaker received a DNP-Coach's Decision in Sunday's 100-94 loss in Portland.
After seven seasons overseas, packed with hard travel yet lots of playing time, Wanamaker is now shifting gears into a role of cheer leading and offering deep bench insurance during his first season in The Association. The veteran guard has only appeared in two of 13 contests for Boston. At 29 years of age, he's too old to need further seasoning in the NBA G League. Wanamaker's role will not change unless multiple drastic injuries beset the Celtics' roster.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Semi Ojeleye: Gathers another DNP in loss
Ojeleye received a DNP-Coach's Decision in Sunday's 100-94 loss at Portland.
The DNP is a bit odd, considering the Celtics were at the end of a five game road trip and certainly looked tired. As expected, with the return of a healthy Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, the 3-and-D specialist Ojeleye has seen his minutes decline from 16 minutes to 7 minutes per game relative to last season. Sunday was his fourth DNP of the season. Ojeleye will probably need a few Celtic injuries before he can climb up the depth chart and see more playing time.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Aron Baynes: Scores only 2 points in loss
Baynes banged out two points (1-1 FG), two rebounds and one steal across nine minutes in Sunday's 100-94 loss in Portland.
After starting 67 games last season, the oddly coiffed Kiwi has started only one game this season and is averaging only 13.5 minutes per game. A hamstring issue also cost Baynes three games. In many ways, Baynes embodies the early struggles of a Celtics squad expected to make a deep playoff run, yet beset with a mediocre 7-6 record. With the end of this brutal road trip, Baynes and his teammates return home to face the Bulls on Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Daniel Theis: To come off bench vs. Portland
Theis (foot) is available to play Sunday against the Trail Blazers, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
Theis will be on a minutes restriction for Sunday's matchup. He hasn't taken the court since Oct. 27 so the Celtics will elect to ease him back into action.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Daniel Theis: Expected to play Sunday
Theis (foot) has been upgraded to probable for Sunday's game against Portland.
Although it was initially reported that Theis was looking to return sometime next week, it appears he'll take the court sooner than expected. He's been out with a tear of the plantar fascia in his right foot since the end of October and will remain in a bench role if he does play Sunday.... See More ... See Less