September 27, 2020, 10:54 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart led the Celtics with four 3-pointers made en route to his 20 points on 8-of-22 shooting in Sunday’s Game 6 loss to the Heat.
Smart, as expected, was a beast on both ends of the floor. He chipped in eight rebounds, two assists and two steals, but his valiant effort was not enough to push his team over the top and force a Game 7. He played extremely well in the playoffs and in this series in particular, emerging as more of a two-way threat than just a defensive stopper.
September 27, 2020, 10:50 pmJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown played well in Sunday's Game 6 loss to the Heat, tallying a team-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting.
Brown left it all on the line, adding eight boards, three treys, four dimes and three steals to the stat sheet in what was a heartbreaking loss to the fifth-seed in the East. The Celtics will now have to take a breath, leave the bubble to go home to their families and regroup. Regardless of tonight's end result, the Celtics are a legitimate ECF contender for years to come.
September 27, 2020, 10:38 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum double-doubled in the Celtics' playoff finalé on Sunday, posting 24 points on 9-of-26 shooting, adding 11 assists, seven rebounds, three triples, two steals and one block as his team fell to the Heat in Game 6.
Tatum played hard and tried his best to get his teammates involved. He was one of four Celtics who scored 20 points or more, so he made it work. Unfortunately, the Heat got solid production from their role-players as well and kept the game just outside of Celtic reach down the stretch.
September 25, 2020, 11:49 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart was a solid performer for the Celtics in Friday's Game 5 win over the Heat, working hard on both ends to finish the night with 12 points (3-of-9 FG, 4-of-4 FT), eight rebounds, eight assists, two 3s and four steals.
Smart continues to play the part of quintessential role-player for the Celtics and it has been paying off in a big way. The fiesty defender has been able to contribute in a plethora of ways and will need to keep on doing so, if the Celtics are to keep their NBA Championship dreams alive in Game 6. His partner in the backcourt, Kemba Walker, played just 28 minutes and was good for 15 points (4-of-11 shooting), three treys, two rebounds, seven dimes and one steal.
September 25, 2020, 11:42 pmDaniel TheisPF, Boston Celtics
Daniel Theis double-doubled on Friday with 15 points (6-of-10 FG, 3-of-4 FT), 13 rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 35 minutes on the floor.
Theis was amazing in this game and was arguably the Celtics' unsung hero. He brought the intangibles in spades tonight, setting screens that allowed his teammates to get clean looks at the hoop. As long as he keeps this up, the Celtics will be able to keep this a tight series and hopefully force a Game 7.
September 25, 2020, 11:38 pmJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown went 4-of-10 from downtown on his way to 28 points on 12-of-23 shooting as the Celtics downed the Heat 121-108 on Friday.
Brown sank back-to-back threes in the fourth quarter, making sure that the Heat were unable to muster any sort of comeback momentum. HE also chipped in eight rebounds, two assists and one steal on the night. He and Jayson Tatum played true to form and rose to the occasion as the team's one-two punch to erase a first-half deficit and dominate down the stretch.
September 25, 2020, 11:34 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum scored 17 of his game-high 31 points on 8-of-22 FGs and 12-of-14 FTs in the third quarter on Friday, leading the Celtics to a Game 5 victory over the Heat.
Tatum was the speartip of the Celtics' piercing offense to force a Game 6. He added 10 rebounds, three triples, six dimes and one steal to the box score in this do-or-die game. The Celtics were abusing a lackluster Heat defense in the second half and Tatum's aggressiveness allowed him to punish Miami at the line.
September 24, 2020, 12:43 amGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward played 29 minutes on Wednesday and paired 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds and three assists.
Hayward is playing a surprising amount of minutes considering he's only just returned to the lineup, but his per-minute production and shot totals are way down. In his absence Jaylen Brown has really solidified himself as the second-option offensively, pushing Hayward further down the pecking order. As he continues to come off the bench his shot attempts will likely continue resembling those of a fourth or even fifth option. He'll have to make an impact elsewhere if he wants to help his team come back from a 3-1 deficit.
September 24, 2020, 12:34 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart had a playoff career-high 11 assists on Wednesday along with 10 points, one three, two rebounds, a block and four turnovers.
Smart set his teammates up for multiple great shots in the second half as five of his assists came from made 3-pointers. Unfortunately, he bricked most of his own attempts, hitting just 1-of-8 shots from beyond the arc. Smart isn't expected to be an efficient scorer, but when he takes and misses that many threes, he can drag down the Celtics' offense.
September 24, 2020, 12:26 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker scored 20 points on 6-of-14 FGs alongside three triples, four rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's loss.
Walker had a decent game by his recent standards but couldn't replicate the great efficiency he had in the Celtics' prior win. He's shot 38% from deep for the season but has struggled with his shot quite often in these playoffs. There were only two games against the Raptors in which he shot higher than 20% from three and the Celtics one win in this series has come when Walker shot 50% both from the field and from deep. With Gordon Hayward back, Walker isn't going to be getting as many shots as he was, so he'll need to be more efficient if the Celtics hope to pull themselves out of this hole.
September 24, 2020, 12:12 amJaylen BrownSG, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown scored 21 points (8-of-14 FG, 4-of-7 3PT) and grabbed nine rebounds along with two assists, a steal and a block as the Celtics went down 3-1 to the Heat on Wednesday.
Brown was solid as ever in Game 4 with his only black mark being four turnovers. Through these playoffs he's demonstrated his skill in the mid-range and has been incredibly reliable as a 3-point shooter from the corner. His shooting from deep was one of the most meaningful improvements he made in his game this year, increasing his accuracy from 34% to 38%. Brown's defense is consistently lauded but it's his rise on the offensive end that's helped the Celtics get this far.
September 23, 2020, 11:59 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum went scoreless in the first half on Wednesday, but woke up in the third quarter and ended with 28 points (10-of-22 FG, 4-of-11 3PT), nine rebounds, four assists, a steal and three blocks.
Tatum had a brutal first half, missing every shot and turning the ball over frequently. Once he finally woke up and started hitting shots, he was almost able to salvage a messy game. Unfortunately his turnovers and foul trouble continued to hamper the Celtics’ comeback. Despite how sloppy his game was overall he demonstrated a lot of poise in the final minutes and hit multiple clutch threes to give his team a chance at tieing the series. He'll need to replicate that fourth quarter performance over three games if he wants to save the Celtics from elimination.
September 23, 2020, 7:23 pmRomeo LangfordSG, Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens informed the media that Romeo Langford will most likely miss the start of the 2020-21 campaign after undergoing surgery to repair the scapholunate ligament in his right wrist.
Langford was expected to play through the pain until he injured his groin in Game 2 vs. the Heat. After suffering another injury, the surgery was an easy decision for the Celtics. Langford is not on the fantasy radar outside of deep dynasty leagues at this point as he struggled to produce any fantasy value. He will have to get healthy prior to even having a chance at cracking the rotation for a team that is clearly ready to compete for titles. It is always more difficult for a unproven player to crack an NBA rotation, especially one as good as the Celtics', if they miss training camp and the start of the season.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
September 23, 2020, 10:59 amJavonte GreenPG, Boston Celtics
Javonte Green (right knee) is available for Game 4 against the Heat on Wednesday.
Even when healthy, the rookie is not expected to be a part of the rotation tonight. Brad Wanamaker is locked into the backup point guard position and Brad Stevens will keep on counting on his veterans
Source: Jared Weiss on Twitter
September 22, 2020, 5:40 pmGordon HaywardSF, Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward is not on the injury report ahead of Game 4 against the Heat on Wednesday.
Hayward returned to action in Game 3 and certainly made a difference as the Celtics took their first win of the series. He played 31 minutes in the victory and that in itself indicates he is fully recovered from the ankle injury that sidelined him for five weeks. It is unclear whether Hayward will be slotted back into the starting lineup with a decision to be made closer to tip off.
Source: NBA Injury Report