May 7, 2019, 3:21 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens said that Marcus Smart (left oblique tear) feels fine after returning in a limited fashion in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Bucks.
Smart only finished with 15 minutes on the night, but it looks like that was by design and not because of a setback. Smart showed rust as he returned earlier than expected from his oblique tear. With the Celtics backed up against the wall heading into Wednesday's Game 5, we assume Smart will give the team everything he can.
Source: Chris Grenham on Twitter
May 7, 2019, 3:14 pmSemi Ojeleye - F - Boston Celtics
When talking about the Celtics' approach to guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo Brad Stevens said, "Obviously, we want to keep size on him as much as possible. I did not think we always did that well in transition and I did not think we always did that well throughout some of their actions.”
The Bucks were able to get the switches and matchups they wanted, especially in the second half. Outside of Al Horford and Marcus Morris, the seldom-used Semi Ojeleye comes to mind as an option. At 6'7" and 241 pounds, Ojeleye is a physical specimen and athletic enough to guard all over the floor. Playing Ojeleye extended minutes comes with downsides, but the Celtics are backed into a corner and have to get creative if they want to climb back in this series.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
May 6, 2019, 11:41 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving double-doubled with 23 points (7-for-22 FGs, 8-for-9 FTs), 10 assists, six rebounds, two steals and a three in 44 minutes in a 113-101 Game 4 loss to the Bucks in Boston.
Kyrie was streaky tonight, and if a few more of his threes had fallen (he was 1-for-7) this game could've been a lot more interesting in the final minutes. With that said, the Celtics lacked intensity and cohesion in this one and it wouldn't be shocking if that was Kyrie's final home game in Boston. We'll see how the team performs with their backs against the wall on Wednesday night in Game 5 in Milwaukee.
May 6, 2019, 11:33 pmAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
Al Horford scored 20 points to go with six rebounds, five assists, one block and three 3-pointers in the Celtics Game 4 home loss on Monday.
Horford shot 8-for-16 from the floor in his 38 minutes tonight. The 32-year-old vet has been extremely consistent in this series while also doing everything that anyone of his stature can against Giannis Antetokounmpo on the defensive end. He'll try to extend the season as the Celtics travel back to Milwaukee for Game 5 on Wednesday.
May 6, 2019, 11:27 pmJaylen Brown - F - Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown put up 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and two threes in 39 minutes on Monday vs. the Bucks.
Brown came out aggressive again tonight and ended the game having made 5-of-11 field goals and all four of his free throws. He's seemingly turned a corner in the playoffs and is looking more confident in his role. The Celtics could very well shake up this roster over the summer, so Brown's role could greatly expand or shrink.
May 6, 2019, 11:20 pmJayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum double-doubled with 17 points (6-for-14 FGs, 4-for-5 FTs), 10 rebounds, four assists, one three and two blocks in Monday's loss to the Bucks.
Tatum has been more productive in the past two games after a couple quiet ones. It seemed like this team that was one game away from the finals last season without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving would just be overloaded with talent. However, in taking a backseat, Tatum doesn't seem to fit well as a role-player. If a popular rumor does shake out as expected, he may be back as an alpha dog next season in New Orleans.
May 6, 2019, 11:11 pmMarcus Morris - F - Boston Celtics
Marcus Morris double-doubled in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Bucks with 18 points (5-for-10 FGs, 7-for-11 FTs), 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 34 minutes.
With all the big names and talent on the Celtics, it's been a surprise to see Marcus Morris coming up big as one of their most important players in the playoffs. He's playing some of his best basketball as prepares to enter unrestricted free agency. Morris has been a valuable fantasy player off and on for many seasons, so savvy fantasy veterans will be paying attention to his landing spot.
May 6, 2019, 11:01 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (left oblique tear) showed plenty of rust in his return on Monday night as he hit just one of his seven shots and ended with three points, one board, two dimes, one steal and one trey in 15 minutes.
Smart received a great ovation when he checked in after having missed the past month with his injury. However, that was the high point for him tonight. Maybe he'll have a little more in Wednesday's Game 5. Other ineffective Celtics were Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier who were each 1-for-5 from the floor for two points.
May 6, 2019, 5:14 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (left torn oblique) will not have a minutes restriction on Monday, but will play in "short stints" according to coach Brad Stevens.
Smart was recently cleared to play and was deemed available, but now we know a little more on how he'll be used upon return. It's a big win for the Celtics that Smart was able to return before Malcolm Brogdon (foot). The Celtics will try to even the series at two games a piece in Monday's Game 4.
Source: Sean Grande on Twitter
May 6, 2019, 5:06 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (torn left oblique) has been cleared to play for Game 4 against the Bucks on Monday.
Smart has missed all of the playoffs, but should now be able to give the Celtics a boost as they try to even up the series on Monday. The Celtics have found success with a shortened rotation since Smart has been out, but Smart always brings toughness and defense that the Celtics could use at guard right now.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
May 5, 2019, 7:31 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (torn left oblique) is officially questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Bucks.
Smart was hopeful to play and it looks like the team's doctors are too. His return is going to change things dramatically on the defensive end, and the Celtics are going to get a big lift from their heart-and-soul player whenever he does return.
Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter
May 5, 2019, 2:52 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (torn left oblique) is "hopeful" about returning for Game 4 on Monday vs. the Bucks.
Smart had a 4-6 week timetable and the Celtics are down 2-1 so they'll need all the help they can get. He's provides a big defensive presence for the Celtics on the perimeter and he's going to provide the toughness that the C's are lacking right now. Stay tuned for update closer to tip-off tomorrow.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
May 4, 2019, 11:01 amKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Stefan Bondy of the Daily News is reporting that sources have told him Kyrie Irving would prefer the Nets over the Knicks.
Bondy's exact quote reads, "Some plugged-in to the NBA claim Irving will strongly consider Brooklyn as a free-agent destination, with one source saying the 27-year-old prefers the Nets to the Knicks." It certainly wouldn't be surprising that a player would prefer the culture that Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson are building with the Nets over James Dolan and the disgruntled Knicks. The Knicks do have an advantage in financial flexibility and it is assumed that Irving's decision will be at least somewhat motivated by how far the Celtics can advance in the playoffs so it is still likely too early to speculate.
Source: Daily News
May 3, 2019, 11:37 pmJayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum hit 7-of-14 from the field, scoring 20 points (0-for-5 from deep) to go with 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one turnover during Friday's Game 3 loss to the visiting Bucks.
Tatum had nine total points in Games 1 and 2 so it was great to see him bust out of his funk. The Celtics will need him to be even more aggressive in Monday's Game 4, especially if Marcus Smart (torn oblique) fares poorly after his first contact in Sunday's practice. Jaylen Brown chipped in 18 points, three 3s, two steals and a block.
May 3, 2019, 11:27 pmAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
Al Horford hit 4-of-8 from the field and all six of his freebies to finish Friday’s loss to the Bucks with 17 points, three 3s, eight boards, five assists and three turnovers.
Horford was his typically efficient self and deserves a ton of credit for basically turning the Bucks’ Brook Lopez into a non-factor on offense but the Celtics as a team are struggling to keep Giannis Antetokounmpo out of the paint and some of that has to fall on Horford too. Marcus Morris added 16 points, four treys and eight rebounds.