April 23, 2019, 1:28 pmMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (torn oblique) was spotted doing treadmill work during Tuesday's practice.
This is significant progress for Smart, as he recovers from his oblique tear. It looks like Smart has a real chance to get back on the court if the Celtics can get past the Bucks and continue to advance in the playoffs.
Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter
April 21, 2019, 3:58 pmJaylen Brown - F - Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown scored 13 points with six boards, an assist and two 3-pointers in Sunday's 110-106 win against the Pacers.
Yet again the Celtics walked away with a win after the game being close until the end. Brown saw 27 minutes in this one and was efficient with his touches as he was 5-for-9 from the field with only one turnover. He was also one of seven Celtics in double-figures, something that needs to continue for them if they want to beat Milwaukee next round.
April 21, 2019, 3:53 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irving scored 14 points on 4-for-13 shooting on Sunday as the Celtics finished off the Pacers in four games.
Irving also handed out seven assists in this one, but was not asked to do as much as prior games. The Celtics had balance in their scoring as they got seven players into double-figures. Irving vs. Eric Bledsoe should make for a great matchup in the next round, assuming the Bucks don't blow a 3-0 series lead.
April 21, 2019, 3:51 pmAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
Al Horford put up a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double on Sunday as the Celtics finished off a sweep of the Pacers.
Horford also added five dimes and a 3-pointer in this one. He uncharacteristically took 19 shots in this one – only making four – but continued to be a vital piece for the Celtics. Assuming the Bucks don't blow a 3-0 lead, Horford against Brook Lopez should make for a great matchup in the Eastern Conference Semis.
April 21, 2019, 3:45 pmJayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum scored 18 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer on Sunday as the Celtics finished off the sweep against the Pacers.
Tatum had his first game under 50% in the playoffs (4-for-10 shooting) but was still very effective in this one thanks to his 9-for-12 from the free throw line. He's going to have a lot more to deal with next round against the Bucks but he has never been one to back down from a challenge. We should be in for a great Eastern Conference Semis.
April 21, 2019, 3:42 pmMarcus Morris - F - Boston Celtics
Marcus Morris dropped 18 points and eight boards in 30 minutes of work off the bench in Sunday's win against the Pacers.
Morris has been up and down in this series but came up big with an efficient game scoring game. He didn't add any other stats, but his 7-for-11 from the floor and 2-for-4 from deep were huge for the Celtics. He, Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier combined for 49 points on 18-for-26 shooting off the bench in this one and if they can get even 80% of that production against the Bucks, it should be a competitive series next round.
April 21, 2019, 3:38 pmGordon Hayward - F - Boston Celtics
Gordon Hayward led the Celtics in scoring on Sunday with 20 points on 7-for-9 shooting as they finished off Pacers in four games.
Hayward logged 34 minutes in this one and again looked confident with his game, even adding another dunk today. He also added three boards, two dimes, two steals and a block in this one. If the Celtics want a shot at beating Milwaukee in the next round, Hayward will have to continue to play confidently in whatever role he is asked to play.
April 21, 2019, 11:57 amGuerschon Yabusele - F - Boston Celtics
Guerschon Yabusele (lower back soreness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Pacers.
Yabusele hasn't seen the floor in this series, so there's nothing to take away from his absence.
Source: Chris Forsberg on Twitter
April 19, 2019, 11:43 pmKyrie Irving - G - Boston Celtics
Kyrie Irivng contributed 19 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, three threes, one steal and one block in Friday's 104-96 victory in Indiana.
Irving has been sensational so far in the playoffs for Boston looking locked in and focused on setting up his teammates as he's notched at least seven assists in every game so far. After a season that led many to question his loyalty to this team it's good to see Irving step up and lead Boston.
April 19, 2019, 11:38 pmJaylen Brown - F - Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown was a man possessed Friday night as he scored 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting adding seven rebounds, four threes and one block.
Indiana had no answer for the third-year swingman who got whatever he wanted and finally took advantage of his opportunity to start for the injured Marcus Smart. Brad Stevens remained patient after Brown struggled in the first two games of the series and was rewarded with a big night as Boston looks to sweep Indiana on Sunday.
April 19, 2019, 11:31 pmAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
Al Horford had 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three threes, one steal and one block on Friday night.
Horford continues to provide Boston with a little bit of everything they need to win as evidenced by his plus-13, which was tied for a team-best mark. After struggling a bit in Game 2 as he shook off an illness, this statistical output was more in line with what we're used to seeing.
April 19, 2019, 11:25 pmJayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting while adding seven rebounds and a three-pointer on Friday night.
Tatum has shot at least 50 percent in every playoff game for Boston so far and his steady scoring output is helping them close in on a first-round series sweep. Look for the good times to continue to roll next time Tatum takes the floor on Sunday.
April 19, 2019, 11:24 amMarcus Smart - G - Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart (torn oblique) said he is nowhere near returning, but is "ecstatic" with the progress he has made.
Smart was spotted putting up some light shots during morning shootaround and said he will probably begin jogging in the next couple weeks. Jaylen Brown should continue to start in place of Smart.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
April 17, 2019, 10:12 pmMarcus Morris - F - Boston Celtics
Marcus Morris was held to zero points (0-of-8 shooting) in Wednesday's 99-91 win against the Pacers.
After a 20-point burst off the bench in Game 1, Morris was left with a goose egg in just 21 minutes. His shot will come and go, particularly when he is coming off the bench. He can be expected to have a bounce-back game in the next one.
April 17, 2019, 10:05 pmAl Horford - F/C - Boston Celtics
Al Horford (illness) played 37 minutes in Game 2, finishing with only four points, but still collected 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
Despite looking out of sorts, Horford was able to stay out on the floor for the vast majority of Game 2, and continued to provide the intangibles that he has become renown for. Expect him to be good to go for Game 3.