April 2, 2020, 2:40 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker has been rehabbing his left knee while in quarantine, and says that it's "doing well."
Walker actually played in the Celtics' last three games before the season was shut down but has missed a total of eight games this season (plus one in preseason) due to left knee soreness. It's clearly a chronic issue at this point, and fantasy GMs just have to hope that this lengthy layoff will help Walker get back to full strength if and when the season resumes.
March 31, 2020, 9:05 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart plans to donate his blood plasma to the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project for research on how the virus affects the blood of those infected or have been infected already, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
This marks an interesting end (fingers-crossed) to Smart's coronavirus infection and subsequent quarantine. Only five NBA players have received confirmed positive tests for COVID-19 but the NBA obviously isn't taking any chances during this global pandemic. With speed being medical professionals' biggest pressure with regards to a vaccine, Smart really stepped up to the plate. Hopefully other public figures who have recovered from the virus will follow his lead in donating necessary items for research. This also doesn't hurt Smart's public image, which has been known to fluctuate dramatically during his college and professional career.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 29, 2020, 9:32 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart announced that he has been cleared of COVID-19 since Friday.
It is good to see that Smart made a full recovery from the virus. Before this crisis hit the scene Smart was having a strong season with consistent mid-round value for the Celtics. With his secure role as a defensive anchor and his improved shooting from deep, he will continue to be a strong option whenever play resumes.
Source: Marcus Smart on Twitter
March 19, 2020, 7:54 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
Smart followed the Celtics statement almost immediately, announcing that he's the Celtics player who tested positive. He has been self-quarantined since the postive test.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
March 19, 2020, 7:45 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
A statement from the Boston Celtics on Thursday indicated that Celtics player tested positive for COVID-19.
The player in question isn't exhibiting symptoms and has been in isolation for multiple days. He was tested because of a known interaction with a positive case. Unfortunately given how fast the virus is spreading, we're likely to see more cases like this in the near future.
Source: Boston Celtics on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 9:52 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum had 30 points (11-of-22 FG, 3-of-9 3PT), six rebounds, two assists and four steals in 35 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Pacers, as the Celtics were victorious 114-111.
Even though Tatum was coming off a two-game stretch where he shot the ball under 40-percent from the floor, he still belongs in the fantasy MVP conversation this season. His value sits inside the top-12 on the year and he's nearly a top-5 guy over the last two months. There isn't much else to say at this point. If you drafted him last fall, you struck gold.
March 10, 2020, 9:44 pmGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward notched a double-double in the Celtics' defeat of the Pacers on Tuesday, finishing with 27 points (3-of-7 3PT), 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block in 36 minutes, which led the Celtics.
Hayward has now shot the ball well in the two games he has played since returning from a mini two-game absence. On Sunday, he went 9-for-19 and finished Tuesday at 10-for-19 from the floor. He has reached top-50 value over the past two months and on the season, as he has really turned it on as of late. Of course, injuries are always looming with Hayward so fantasy owners won't ever feel safe with him deployed in their lineups.
March 10, 2020, 9:36 pmDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
Daniel Theis scored 20 points in 33 minutes of action on Tuesday vs. the Pacers, adding six rebounds, two blocks and three assists in a well rounded effort.
Theis is ranked 81st this year on a per game basis and holds top-60 fantasy value over his last 24 games. That is a pretty large sample size, indicating that he is more than a viable option for fantasy lineups in all formats. Theis qualifies as one of the best waiver wire pickups of the season and has very likely been on a lot of winning fantasy squads this year.
March 10, 2020, 6:49 pmJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens said that Jaylen Brown (right hamstring strain) is not likely to play against the Bucks on Thursday.
Brown is likely to miss a fifth straight game after missing Tuesday's game as well, and there is no timetable for a return as of yet. Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart will continue to be relied upon more during Brown's absence.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 6:46 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker will be on a strict 30-32 minute limit for Tuesday's game against the Pacers.
Walker is still working his way back from a knee injury that has bothered him since before the All-Star break. The good news is that this is more than enough time to put up numbers. Continue to start Walker with the expectation that he should have his minutes limit lifted shortly.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 11:15 amJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown (right hamstring strain) will miss Tuesday’s game against the Pacers but there is a chance he returns on Thursday.
Brown has missed the last three games while he was expected to be out for about a week. The Celtics will continue to rely on Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart in his absence.
Source: Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter
March 9, 2020, 4:44 pmRobert Williams IIIC-F, Boston Celtics
Robert Williams (back strain) is probable to play in Tuesday's tilt vs. the Pacers.
Williams is third on the depth chart behind Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter. He can be left on the waiver wire in standard leagues. However, he has shown that he has the potential to be a blocks specialist if he ever locks down a bigger role. He is a name to watch as he continues to work on his craft as this is only his second season in the league.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 9:45 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum did not shoot the ball well as he put up 19 points on 8-of-22 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Thunder.
Tatum missed the game-winning shot over Chris Paul and was unable to get in a rhythm. Kemba Walker got stripped with under ten seconds remaining which led to Dennis Schroder's game-winning layup. Walker could not find a rhythm either as he had just 14 points on 4-of-14 shooting. Tatum and Walker should bounce back next game as they are the two best fantasy assets on the Celtics.
March 8, 2020, 9:41 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart dropped 19 points with 10 boards in 38 minutes of action in a loss to the Thunder on Sunday.
Smart shot 7-of-17 from the field and added two triples and four assists to the box score. Smart has been rolling as of late and has produced top-25 value over the last two weeks. Although that value might be unattainable, he should be a lock for top-50 value due to his defensive and sharpshooting abilities.
March 8, 2020, 9:37 pmGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward put up 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting in a 105-104 loss to the Thunder on Sunday.
Hayward returned from a right knee contusion and took control of the offense for much of the game. He added five rebounds, four assists, four triples, one steal and two blocks in 38 minutes of action. He remains a top-50 option for the rest of the season.