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Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Dealing with bruised hand
Brown is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Suns due to a bruised right hand, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
According to Robb, Brown suffered the injury after landing awkwardly on his back in a game against the Mavericks at the end of November. The issue apparently lingered around until Brown aggravated it over the weekend. Look for the Celtics to update his status closer to tipoff. If Brown is ultimately ruled out, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier would likely benefit from an uptick in minutes.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Al Horford: Ruled out Wednesday
Horford (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Suns, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
While Horford is reportedly feeling better, he was unable to practice Tuesday and is set to miss a sixth straight game as he continues to battle Patellofemoral pain syndrome in his left knee. The hope is that Horford will be able to resume practicing later in the week. In the meantime, Aron Baynes will continue to start in place of Horford, who should be considered day-to-day. His next chance to return will come Friday against the Bucks.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' P.J. Dozier: Posts triple-double in win
Dozier went off for 25 points (11-23 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, two blocks and one steal across 38 minutes in Sunday's 110-101 road win over Long Island.
This was the first career triple-double for Dozier, the unquestioned leader of this year's Red Claws squad. Dozier now leads the team in assists per game. The two-way player has been bouncing back and forth with the parent club as Boston has been dealing with injuries. The extra travel is clearly not affecting Dozier's play. The Red Claws now travel to Florida for Wednesday's match-up with the Lakeland Magic.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Jaylen Brown: More turnovers than points in loss
Brown had two points (1-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 23 minutes during Saturday's 113-104 loss to the Pistons.
Brown was able to play through an illness but struggled badly during Friday's win over the Hawks, and that sickness seems to be lingering. After averaging 21.0 points (56.8 FG, 58.3 3Pt, 82.4 FT), 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 26.0 minutes per game across three recent tilts versus the Knicks, Bulls, and Pelicans, Brown missed Wednesday's win over the Wizards and has made just three-of-16 field-goals attempts while contributing as many turnovers as points (six) over the last two matchups.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Aron Baynes: Plays 18 minutes in Saturday's loss
Baynes provided 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT) and four rebounds in 18 minutes during Saturday's 113-104 loss to the Pistons.
Baynes drew the start with Al Horford (kneecap) sidelined, and the 32-year-old center saw his playing time extended a bit after playing 16 and 14 minutes in his first two games back from the sprained ankle that kept him out for two tilts. Baynes is a steady role player, but he's best reserved for use in deeper leagues.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Marcus Smart: Season-high 21 points in loss
Smart supplied 21 points (6-11 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 30 minutes during Saturday's 113-104 loss to the Pistons.
Smart finished with season highs in scoring and made threes, and even more surprisingly did so efficiently. He continues to thrive since entering the starting five, and apart from this loss, so has the team. As a result, it seems likely that coach Brad Stevens will continue to heavily rely on Smart even if offensive efficiency isn't exactly his calling card.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Al Horford: Out again Saturday
Horford (kneecap) remains out Saturday against the Pistons, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
As expected, Horford will need more time to recover from Patellofemoral pain syndrome in his left knee. Aron Baynes should continue starting until Horford is healthy enough to play.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Gordon Hayward: Efficient return to lineup
Hayward scored 19 points (7-10 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding five assists, a rebound and a steal in only 18 minutes off the bench during Friday's 129-108 win over the Hawks.
After missing two games with an illness, Hayward looked fit as a fiddle in his return to action, albeit against an Atlanta roster that offered little in the way of defensive resistance. The 28-year-old is still trying to adapt to his new sixth-man role in Boston, but with the club having won eight straight games, don't expect coach Brad Stevens to make any changes to his frontcourt rotation.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Marcus Morris: Buries Hawks from outside
Morris scored 20 points (7-12 FG, 6-8 3Pt) while adding six rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in only 25 minutes during Friday's 129-108 win over the Hawks.
Despite resting for the fourth quarter in the rout, Morris still set a new season high with six three-pointers, and he's scored at least 20 points in three straight games. The 29-year-old is on pace for career highs in points, boards, threes, field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage, and he's been a big part of the Celtics' current eight-game winning streak.... See More ... See Less
Celtics' Jayson Tatum: Strong showing against Hawks
Tatum scored 22 points (8-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT) while adding three rebounds, two steals and a block in 29 minutes during Friday's 129-108 win over the Hawks.
It's his best scoring performance in over a month, and it came in a game where Boston was able to rest its starters in the fourth quarter of a rout. Tatum's building nicely on his impressive rookie campaign, boosting his averages in points, boards, assists and three-pointers, and the 20-year-old should remain a key part of the Celtics' offense as they climb back towards the top of the Eastern Conference standings.... See More ... See Less