May 3, 2019, 11:21 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving shot only 8-for-22 from the field and finished Friday's home loss to the Bucks with 29 points, two 3s, six dimes, three rebounds, three steals and four turnovers.
This was the second straight game Irving has shot under 40 percent from the field and while he was loads better than his Game 2 abomination, he seemed to defer to his teammates down the stretch (in addition to a key late turnover during an attempted comeback). Game 4 is on Monday and Irving and the Celtics will have to find some answers if they hope to avoid falling into a 3-1 deficit before the series shifts back to Milwaukee.
May 3, 2019, 3:47 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (torn left oblique) is scheduled to have his first return to contact during Sunday’s practice.
Sunday is the four-week mark of Smart’s 4-to-6 week timetable so it looks like he’s been progressing as planned. Smart has missed all of the playoffs so far (and will miss Friday’s Game 3) and while there’s a chance he play in Monday’s Game 4, the Celtics will have to see how he responds to contact. We should have an update after Sunday’s practice.
Source: Boston Herald
May 2, 2019, 4:25 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (left torn oblique) has been ruled out ahead of Friday's Game 3 against the Bucks.
Smart has missed the entire postseason but the Celtics have been able to play great basketball without their gritty veteran. We will need to continue to monitor his status throughout this series as he has a chance to play as the series continues. However, being ruled out a day ahead of the game increases the likelihood that he may miss additional games.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
May 2, 2019, 1:46 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (torn left oblique) was able to get in more work after practice on Thursday with drills, 1-on-1's and some 2-on-1's.
Smart continues to increase his work as he looks towards making a return. Coach Brad Stevens said earlier in the week that he didn't see any way that Smart could return before his 4-6 week timetable, but Smart looks to be pushing towards the early end of that timeline.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
April 30, 2019, 10:27 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving fell flat in Tuesday's Game 2, scoring nine points on 4-of-18 shooting to go with his five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.
Irving started off the game 1-for-8 from the field and had a strong sequence to close out the second quarter, but he couldn't keep his foot on the gas in the second half. He missed some tough layups tonight but he also displayed the typical Uncle Drew shotmaking ability and after Game 1's masterful performance, we can expect him to bounce back after this dud.
April 30, 2019, 10:27 pmAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
Al Horford scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting while adding eight rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks.
Horford was still a force on defense, but he can only do so much when the Bucks are scorching hot from deep. He committed five turnovers tonight which is a drastic turn from his zero-turnover game in Game 1 and we expect him to continue to play a crucial role for the Celtics' game plan of slowing down Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 3.
April 30, 2019, 10:26 pmJayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum continued his slump in Tuesday's Game 2 with five points on 2-of-10 shooting while adding five rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Tatum has now scored nine points in his last two games combined and he's going to have to get things figured out if the Celtics are going to topple a stingy Bucks defense. He hasn't hit a 3-pointer against Milwaukee and their defensive scheme is to allow jump shots and close out the paint and Tatum just isn't converting enough to stretch the floor.
April 30, 2019, 10:25 pmJaylen Brown - F - Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown was one of the few Celtics who played well in Tuesday's Game 2, scoring 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting while adding six rebounds and three assists.
Brown has outplayed all of the Celtics' wings this series so far and has shown a strong ability to finish in the paint and on the fastbreak which has been vital for the Celtics' offense. He got Nikola Mirotic out of the game within three minutes by drawing two quick fouls and that's a matchup that coach Stevens is sure to look to exploit in the next contest as well.
April 30, 2019, 10:25 pmMarcus Morris - F - Boston Celtics
Marcus Morris led the Celtics in scoring with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, an assist and a steal in Tuesday's Game 2.
Morris was the Celtics' leading scorer which is both good and bad as the team as a whole couldn't buy a bucket in the third quarter. He's been a solid defender for Boston and if he can keep up his offensive production at home while the rest of the team gets back to their averages, the Celtics should be in good shape.
April 30, 2019, 10:24 pmAron Baynes - F/C - Boston Celtics
Aron Baynes played in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks and scored four points on 2-of-3 shooting with a rebound and a block.
Baynes shrugged off a left ankle sprain and played in this one, but the team got blown out in the second half which led to even fewer minutes than usual. He's been a primary defender on Giannis Antetokounmpo and it's worked out well for Boston so him not being out there would have been a pretty sizable hit.
April 30, 2019, 7:18 pmAron Baynes - F/C - Boston Celtics
The Celtics officially upgraded Aron Baynes' (left ankle sprain) status to available on Tuesday for Game 2 against the Bucks.
This was the expectation all along. Baynes will probably be coming off the bench again after an effective Marcus Morris started in Game 1, but can be safely plugged back into any playoff league lineups.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
April 30, 2019, 6:40 pmAron Baynes - F/C - Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens said that he expects Aron Baynes to play in Game 2 on Tuesday but has yet to hear anyhing official.
Baynes said earlier on Tuesday that nothing will stop him from playing, so we're inclined to side with the big man on this one. Tipoff time for Game 2 against the Bucks is 8:00 PM ET, so expect an official update reasonably soon.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
April 30, 2019, 12:13 pmAron Baynes - F/C - Boston Celtics
Speaking to reporters Tuesday morning Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) said that his ankle is sore, "But nothing's stopping me (from playing)" in Game 2 against the Bucks.
Baynes is as tough as they come and it looks like he's going to fight through the pain and give it a go. Marcus Morris had a very good Game 1 and held his own on both ends of the floor against Giannis Antetokounmpo. Baynes should see more than the nine minutes he played in Game 1, but it is likely that Morris draws the start again.
Source: A. Sherrod Blakely on Twitter
April 29, 2019, 5:50 pmAron Baynes - F/C - Boston Celtics
Aron Baynes (left ankle sprain) is being listed as questionable ahead of Tuesday's Game 2 with the Bucks.
Baynes was limited to nine minutes but hit a three and gave the Celtics some solid defensive possessions against Giannis Antetokounmpo in the paint, so he's not just a bit part of this matchup. Baynes said today that he's fine despite some soreness and we'd be surprised if he's not active tomorrow.
Source: NBA Injury Report
April 29, 2019, 2:06 pmAron Baynes - F/C - Boston Celtics
Aron Baynes (ankle) has a sore left ankle after rolling it in Sunday's Game 1 vs. the Bucks but he said that he'll be alright.
Baynes also said that it's frustrating that it keeps happening but the good news is he'll likely be able to play in Game 2. Baynes only played nine minutes before rolling his ankle but he finished with four points and a steal. His size will be useful against the Bucks and Boston will look to ride the momentum of Game 1 into Game 2.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter