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  • Kyrie Irving scores 24 points in win vs. BOS
    Kyrie Irving scored 24 points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: The Cavs exploded in the first half with 75 points to set a playoff franchise record. Irving just continues to cook up Boston, especially in the second half. He scored 11 points in the first five minutes of the second half today after he dropped 21 points in the third quarter during Game 4. Irving didn't have the best series against the Raptors, but he'll head into the Golden State series with a ton of momentum. The Warriors probably don't want Kyrie taking on shots from the right wing. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 11 points in loss
    Jae Crowder scored 11 points with six rebounds, three assists, one block and no turnovers in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been handling the ball a lot more than usual and his assists have been up lately. Crowder's contract is a mega bargain and he'll be ready to roll as Boston's small forward for next year. He'll be a mid-round pick in fantasy once again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk scores seven points in start
    Kelly Olynyk scored seven points in the starting lineup on Thursday, adding four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

    Advice: The Cavs were able to get Olynyk switched on LeBron James quite a bit in this game, and you can imagine how that turned out. Olynyk's epic Game 7 against the Wizards was a career highlight, but he didn't fare well in this series on the defensive end. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Marcus Smart turns it over five times
    Marcus Smart made 2-of-7 from the field for six points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He was a little sloppy in this game and Kyrie Irving also took him to the cleaners on the defensive end. It's still unclear how much time Isaiah Thomas (hip) is going to miss, but it's possible he could be limited in training camp. Smart never really grew on the offensive side and once again his main goal this summer will be to work on his jumper. It'll be interesting to see how he fits with the Celtics having the top pick in the draft. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Jaylen Brown went to the locker room
    Jaylen Brown (hip) went to the locker room in the second half and did not return.

    Advice: He did limp to the locker room under his own power. Brown was playing through a hip pointer in this game, so he may have aggravated it. The Cal product did have a solid finish to his rookie season and is likely looking at a bigger role next year. He'll be a late-round in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Amir Johnson scores one point
    Amir Johnson scored one point with three rebounds in six minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He didn't play in the first half and wasn't really in the rotation until this game got out of hand. Johnson is going to be a free agent this summer and it's possible the Celtics don't bring him back after an underwhelming finish to his season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Jae Crowder is starting on Thursday
    Jae Crowder (groin) is in the starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: He was listed as probable due to a groin strain from Tuesday night. Crowder has said he's "fine" from this issue, so expect him to get minutes in the upper 30s today. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Amir Johnson is available
    Amir Johnson (shoulder) is available to play against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Johnson was available to play on Tuesday, but coach Brad Stevens went with more Kelly Olynyk. Johnson may not be in the rotation again tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5
    Jaylen Brown (hip) is good to go for Game 5 against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He did wince a little at shootaround, so he's not 100 percent. Brown played 20 minutes in Game 4 and just 13 in Game 3, so he's likely looking at minutes in the teens for today. The Celtics will likely have a similar nine-man rotation today. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:51 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk starting again on Thursday
    Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Kelly Olynyk will start against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Olynyk had a strong run in the two Cleveland games, averaging 15.0 points in 24.5 minutes. He should get a similar amount of minutes even if Amir Johnson is in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Magic Johnson high on Ingram
    President Magic Johnson considers Brandon Ingram as the Lakers' most untouchable player.

    Advice: "I think that we're excited about Brandon, his length, his size, his agility, his athleticism," Johnson said. "And then when you think about, you know, he was a baby coming in, in his first year last season and we see that he really has a high ceiling and we're excited about what he can possibly turn into." Ingram didn't have a great rookie season, especially as a scorer. However, he is still very raw and coach Luke Walton played him at four positions. He's only a late-round flier for now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Klay thinks about 2016 Finals every day
    Klay Thompson said he thinks about the 2016 NBA Finals every day.

    Advice: "I always thought about it. We were so close last year … a game away," Thompson said. "I would be lying to you if I didn’t think about it all the time." The Warriors haven't had a 3-1 lead since last year, but all of NBA Twitter will be ready for the jokes if the Warriors have another 3-1 lead next month. As for Thompson, his usage rate in the playoffs has dropped to just 21.0, which is down from 26.2 in the regular season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:18 pm
  • Deyonta Davis working on conditioning
    Deyonta Davis said he's focusing on his conditioning this summer.

    Advice: He also said he's going to try to improve his all-around game. Davis' foot injury from last summer kept him to just 36 games during his rookie year. He was a possible lottery pick before the 2016 draft, but the injury red flags dropped him to 31. He'll likely be going to Summer League. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) goes through practice
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through a full practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He has another week to get healthy and should be ready to roll for Game 1 at home. Pachulia actually leads the Warriors for net rating in the playoffs with his +28.4, which is a testament to how much the starters are dominating. He has missed the last two games to give JaVale McGee, Pat McCaw and David West get some added run. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:41 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas's decision a couple weeks away
    Isaiah Thomas (hip) won't decide on a treatment plan until the swelling in his hip goes down according to GM Danny Ainge.

    Advice: "We don’t know if he needs surgery or what kind of surgery, or if that is a choice," Ainge said. "We’ll wait until the hip calms down, do more tests and get more opinions." There's still no word of a timetable, but Ainge added that it will be couple more weeks until a decision is made on a treatment plan. The Celtics are expected to draft Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the draft, but both players have talked about how they can coexist together and Thomas' fantasy value should be fine. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute expected to opt out
    Luc Mbah a Moute is expected to opt out of his contract for the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: He was slated to earn just $2.3 million next season, so it's an easy decison for LMAM as the 30-year-old veteran is looking to secure a long-term deal. Mbah a Moute is a good defender and locker room guy, but he's unlikely to make a fantasy impact anywhere he goes. In 22.3 minutes per game, he averaged 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 am
  • Marreese Speights looking for $8.2 million
    Marreese Speights is looking for the mid-level exception of about $8.2 million per year according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

    Advice: Speights has already officially opted out his player option for next season, so he's an unrestricted free agent this summer. With the Clippers hoping to re-sign Blake Griffin and Chris Paul to max deals, Speights' contract demands are likely going to be too high for the Clippers to bring him back. He's a nice per-minute guy with averages of 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game, so hopefully he can find himself a nice role this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 am
  • Kyrie Irving is a go for Game 5
    Kyrie Irving is a go for Game 5 vs. the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: Irving was able to play through a tweaked ankle on his way to a 42-point performance in Game 4, and it looks like he recovered well because he had no noticeable limp at the morning shootaround. Fantasy owners can deploy him with confidence. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:13 am
  • Report: Bulls expect Dwyane Wade to opt in
    According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, "most everyone associated with the Bulls" believes that Dwyane Wade will pick up his player option.

    Advice: Wade will be 36 in January and is scheduled to make $23.8 million in 2017-18, so that's going to be hard to walk away from. He played a career-low 29.9 minutes with the Bulls and there's even some talk about him moving to the second unit if he remains in Chicago -- Wade said during his exit meeting that he would be "open" to the idea if it's the best thing for the team. His decision on his player option is due by June 27. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:20 am
  • Jaylen Brown (hip pointer) in a lot of pain
    Celtics GM Danny Ainge said that Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is in a "lot of pain."

    Advice: Ainge still called Brown questionable, so it sounds like he's shaping up to be a game-time call. Brown has had a strong run in the playoffs and is arguably Boston's best defensive option on LeBron James, so it will be a huge blow for the Celtics if he can't go. Expect to see some bigger lineups if Brown can't play with more minutes falling to Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:06 am
  • Juan Hernangomez probable for Summer League
    Nuggets F Juan Hernangomez plans to play at Summer League this season.

    Advice: "I like to compete," Hernangomez said. "[The Nuggets] asked me if I was down for [Summer League] and I really would like to go and play a couple of games, be around the team and keep developing as a player." The Nuggets' prospect may also join the Spanish National Team for EuroBasket 2017, giving him plenty of momentum heading into training camp. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:24 pm
  • Amir Johnson is probable
    Amir Johnson (right shoulder sprain) is probable for Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: If not for Kyrie Irving going off, the Celtics may have tied this series with Johnson out for Game 4. While Johnson may be ready to play, coach Brad Stevens may opt to leave his usual starter out of the rotation for this one. If he's not going to play, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko will get more run. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:19 pm
  • Jae Crowder on injury report
    Jae Crowder (left groin strain) is listed as probable for Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Tuesday and he did say he was "fine" after the game. Crowder has the unenviable task of guarding LeBron James and he's also contributing on the offensive side, averaging 15.5 points per game on a tidy 61.2 true shooting percentage in this series vs. Cleveland. He's almost a lock to play at home. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:16 pm
  • Jaylen Brown (hip) questionable for Game 5
    Jaylen Brown (right hip pointer) is questionable for Game 5 on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been a key piece to the Celtics these days, especially with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for the season. Brown played 20 minutes in Game 4 and he's likely looking at more minutes, assuming he's healthy enough to go. If he can't go at home, there should be more big-ball lineups with Jonas Jerebko while Kelly Olynyk may play more. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:09 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk scores 15 points in start
    Kelly Olynyk started Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday and scored 15 points in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He started in place of Amir Johnson (shoulder) and finished 7-of-14 from the field with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks, but he missed both of his 3-point attempts. Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice scoring punch in the first unit, but he was also exposed on the defensive end several times. Coach Brad Stevens has been indecisive with his starting lineups during the playoffs, so it's anybody's guess as to what he will do in Game 5 with Boston's season on the line. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:11 pm
  • Jae Crowder strains thigh, says he's fine
    Jae Crowder strained his left thigh in Tuesday's Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers, but he said after the game that he's "fine."

    Advice: Crowder went back to the locker room for a few minutes, but quickly returned and appeared to be moving around OK. He was effective on offense with 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes, but he didn't have a prayer against LeBron James on the defensive end yet again. We'll get an update at Wednesday's practice, but consider Crowder probable for Game 5 on Thursday as the Celtics try to keep their season alive. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:04 pm
  • Marcus Smart shoots 1-of-9 in Game 4 loss
    Marcus Smart fell back to earth in Tuesday's 112-99 Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers, scoring eight points on 1-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Yikes. He had nowhere to go but down after his incredible 27-point performance on 8-of-14 FGs in Game 3, but the law of averages caught up with the career 35.8 percent shooter. He made his second straight start at PG and dished out six assists with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 40 minutes, but he didn't make his usual impact on the defensive end in this one -- Kyrie Irving went nuts for 42 points. If the Celtics hope to stave off elimination at home for Game 5 on Thursday, Smart has to play better on both ends. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Kyrie Irving drops 42 points in Game 4 win
    Kyrie Irving went off for a playoff career-high 42 points in Tuesday's 112-99 Game 4 win, giving his team a 3-1 series lead.

    Advice: With LeBron James in foul trouble for most of the night, Irving helped the Cavaliers erase a 16-point deficit and dropped 21 of his 42 points in the third quarter. The entire arena went silent when Irving rolled his left ankle near the end of the third quarter, but he was able to stay in and said after the game that he felt "great." Maybe he sits out of Wednesday's practice to be safe, but expect him to be ready for Game 5 on Thursday in Boston as the Cavs look to close out this series. You can check out the incident in the link below. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk will start Game 4 Tuesday
    Kelly Olynyk will start Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

    Advice: With Amir Johnson (shoulder) out, Olynyk should see a slight bump in minutes tonight in addition to Jonas Jerebko. After being held to a combined two points in Games 1 and 2, Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice spark in Game 3 with 15 points in 23 minutes. Boston needs offense and floor spacing with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out, so Olynyk should be heavily involved unless he starts out cold from the field. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:05 pm
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) out for Game 4
    Amir Johnson (right shoulder) will not suit up for Game 4 against the Cavs on Tuesday, according to sources of Michael Eaves of ESPN.

    Advice: With Johnson set to spend Game 4 on the sidelines, we could see Kelly Olynyk move into the starting five, and there should be some more playing time available for Jonas Jerebko. For now, we'll be considering Johnson questionable for Game 5 on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:27 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia says he'll be fine for Finals
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) said he'll be fine to play when the NBA Finals begin.

    Advice: Pachulia sat out Games 3 and 4 of the Dubs' Western Conference Finals matchup with the Spurs, so he'll have at least a full nine days to rest up before the Finals begin. It sounds like he'll be back in the starting five for Game 1 of the Finals, which will result in Patrick McCaw moving back to the second unit. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:46 pm
  • Marreese Speights opts out of contract
    Marreese Speights has officially opted out of his contract with the Clippers.

    Advice: This was expected. It was an easy decision for Speights, as he was set to make just $1.4 million next season. He averaged 8.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 1.3 treys in 15.7 minutes per game in 2016-17. As an unrestricted free agent this summer, he will likely be able to land a deal for around $5 million annually. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:06 am
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) a GTD for Game 4
    Amir Johnson (shoulder) said he is feeling better but will be a game-time decision for Game 4 vs. Cleveland on Tuesday.

    Advice: Johnson initially injured the shoulder early in Game 3. He was able to return but was clearly limited. Speaking with reporters on Tuesday morning, Johnson stated that he has increased mobility in the shoulder area and that he will participate in shootaround and pre-game warmups before a decision on his availability is made. If Johnson is unable to play, Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko would see an uptick in minutes. It's also possible that coach Brad Stevens slides Gerald Green into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:37 am
  • Klay Thompson's struggles continue
    Klay Thompson's struggles continued in Monday's Game 4 win over the Spurs, scoring 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting.

    Advice: He grabbed six rebounds with one assist and one triple in 34 minutes. Thompson hasn't been himself in the postseason with averages of 14.4 points on 38.3 percent shooting, a far cry from his regular season scoring average of 22.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting. With nine days off until the NBA Finals, Thompson's struggles will be a major talking point with a potential matchup with the Cavaliers looming. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:08 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) ruled out Monday
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) will not play in Game 4 vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: The Warriors will play it safe with Zaza since they have a 3-0 series lead. Coach Steve Kerr said he won't decide on a starting lineup until he sees what San Antonio does, but he did add that he will give the nod to either JaVale McGee or Patrick McCaw. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:35 pm
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) questionable for G4
    Amir Johnson (sprained right AC joint in shoulder) did not practice on Monday and is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland.

    Advice: Johnson tweaked his shoulder during Game 3, and while he was able to initially play through it, it sounds like it swelled up a bit overnight. He's headed for an MRI, so we'll have a better idea on his status for Game 4 once those results are made public, but if he is forced to the sidelines that would open up some minutes for guys like Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko. Gerald Green could also return to the starting five if Johnson is indeed unavailable on Tuesday night. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:33 am
  • Amir Johnson (shoulder) quiet on Sunday
    Amir Johnson started on Sunday but had just two points and two rebounds in nine minutes.

    Advice: Johnson sprained his right shoulder during the first quarter but he did return, briefly, so we'll leave him off the injury report. He was torched defensively by Kevin Love, who made seven 3-pointers in the first half, and frontcourt reserves Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko had much more success tonight. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:43 pm
  • Marcus Smart posts 27/7/5 in Game 3 victory
    Marcus Smart started Game 3 in place of Isaiah Thomas (hip), scoring a career-high 27 points on 8-of-14 FGs, including seven 3-pointers, with seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and one block in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Smart scored 20+ points just four times during the regular season, while shooting 35.9 percent from the field, and he chose an ideal time to break out offensively. Brad Stevens admitted that with Smart starting in place of Thomas the Celtics are "a little bit bigger across the board [defensively]," and they limited the Cavs' high-powered offense to a relatively low 108 points tonight. Backup PG Terry Rozier played just eight minutes tonight, and Smart should have a massive role again on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:43 pm
  • Amir Johnson starts, Gerald Green to bench
    Amir Johnson will start Game 3 on Sunday, as expected.

    Advice: The move sends Gerald Green back to the bench. Johnson's minutes are severely limited even when he's starting, so there's no real benefit for DFS purposes here. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:12 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) questionable for Game 4
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) is being listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Spurs.

    Advice: The Dubs are up 3-0 in this series, so they have the luxury of holding Pachulia out if they feel there's any risk of him suffering a setback; particularly with Kawhi Leonard (ankle) looking unlikely for the Spurs. We should have a better idea on his status following Monday morning's shootaround, but if he's out again, JaVale McGee could get another start and there would be more minutes for guys like David West and Andre Iguodala. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:39 am
  • Amir Johnson likely to start Game 3
    Amir Johnson is expected to start in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens just can't seem to settle on his starting five in the playoffs. Johnson is only averaging 10.6 minutes per game in the postseason, so DFS owners will want to look the other direction. Expect Gerald Green to return to the bench. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:43 am
  • Isaiah Thomas to meet specialists on Monday
    Isaiah Thomas (hip) will begin meeting with specialists on Monday.

    Advice: Thomas was ruled out of the postseason following an aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear, but he won't have a treatment plan set in stone until he meets with his doctors. Coach Brad Stevens said surgery is an option, so Thomas could be looking a lengthy rehab this summer. Marcus Smart will start Game 3 vs. Cleveland in Thomas' absence. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:34 am
  • Marcus Smart to draw the start in Game 3
    Marcus Smart will draw the start at point guard in Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers on Sunday.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Smart started the second half of Game 2 when Isaiah Thomas (hip) left the game for good. Smart isn't in a rhythm right now and is shooting 34.6 percent from the field in the playoffs, but his minutes will likely be in the high 30s as he looks to contain Kyrie Irving -- he said wants to force Irving to be more of a facilitator. In addition to Smart, expect a heavier workload for Terry Rozier. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:23 am
  • Jae Crowder a target for Knicks?
    Marc Berman of the New York Post is reporting that the Knicks will want Jae Crowder if the Celtics try to trade for Carmelo Anthony this summer.

    Advice: The Celtics have been heavily linked to Gordon Hayward and could also make another run at Jimmy Butler or Paul George, so Carmelo probably isn't too high on their wish list (if they even want him at all). Jaylen Brown has really emerged during the postseason, but it's not clear if Crowder and his bargain of a contract is expendable -- he's owed $22 million over the next three seasons. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:44 am
  • Klay Thompson scores 17 points vs. Spurs
    Klay Thompson scored 17 points with six rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He's still not quite as aggressive as usual, but Thompson continues to make winning plays on both ends. The All-Star hasn't been concerned about his underwhelming scoring postseason and obviously his playing time will be very high when the games are close. Will the games ever be close, though? Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:36 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for rest of playoffs
    Isaiah Thomas (hip) will miss the remainder of this year’s postseason following an aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear.

    Advice: In layman's terms, there's a tear in the area in which the top part of his thigh bone meets his hip bone. Thomas initially hurt his hip on Mar. 15 and it cost him two games back then. He also aggravated this injury in Game 6 against the Wizards on May 12, and then again hurt it on Friday night. "Isaiah has worked tirelessly to manage this injury since it first occurred," said Celtics Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian McKeon. "The swelling increased during the first two games against Cleveland, and in order to avoid more significant long-term damage to his hip, we could no longer allow him to continue." There's no word of a treatment plan yet, but labral tears could result in surgery, which may throw off IT's offseason plan. For the rest of the playoffs, Marcus Smart will get some heavy run while Terry Rozier will have to step up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:50 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) ruled out of Game 3
    Zaza Pachulia (right heel contusion) has been ruled out of Game 3 vs. San Antonio on Saturday.

    Advice: This update was expected after it was revealed that Pachulia "didn't do much" at practice on Friday. Spurs fans are undoubtedly disappointed that they won't have the opportunity to boo Pachulia out of the building on Saturday. JaVale McGee will likely draw the start at center. David West may pick up some extra run as well. However, Golden State may also choose to go small early and often, playing Draymond Green in the middle more frequently. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Isaiah Thomas (hip) uncertain for Game 3
    Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) will be re-evaluated Saturday and may be forced to miss Game 3 vs. Cleveland on Sunday.

    Advice: Thomas missed the second half of Game 2, and it turns out he's been dealing with pain in his hip since last week. "He's had a nagging hip injury," coach Brad Stevens said. "He aggravated it pretty significantly last Friday in Washington in Game 6 (of the conference semifinals), went through a bunch of testing on Saturday and Sunday and was able to play Monday, (but) hasn't felt great either of the two days." Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier will see an uptick in minutes if Thomas is sidelined for Game 3. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:19 am
  • Isaiah Thomas has been playing through injury
    Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) has been playing through injury since the Wizards series and his injury is "considered significant," according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical.

    Advice: The report adds the Celtics had "doubts Thomas could play in Game 7" on Sunday, but he's been gutting it out since. Thomas hasn't quite looked right in some time, so perhaps this explains it. After not playing in the second half tonight, he'll likely have an MRI coming in the next day and the Celtics seem like the have no chance to make this a series. If IT is out, Marcus Smart will get some heavy run while Terry Rozier would also have to step up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 23 points in win vs. BOS
    Kyrie Irving scored 23 points in 30 minutes against the Celtics on Friday, adding one rebound, three assists, one block, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: While LeBron James is stealing the show, Kyrie is starting to come around after an underwhelming start to this postseason. He beat up on the Celtics all season with 25.5 points per game on 62.8 true shooting percentage, so a big game today is no surprise. After the game on TNT, Irving also said the Cavs are playing "pissed off" ad they're being more aggressive. With Isaiah Thomas (hip) now banged up, it's possible Irving gets more Marcus Smart in Game 3. It probably won't matter. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:56 pm
  • Jaylen Brown scores 19 points in bad loss
    Jaylen Brown scored a team-high 19 points during an embarrassing 130-86 loss to the Cavs on Friday, adding four rebounds, one assist, two steals and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, he might not want to talk about LeBron James again. Before the game, Brown said LeBron is "just a regular guy" and there are bigger threats in his neighborhood. TD Garden probably won't have to worry about LeBron threatening the Celtics again as the Celtics take their 0-2 deficit to Cleveland. As bad as the Celtics were, at least Brown looked decent today and he probably deserves more minutes in Game 3. Maybe take the mic away from him, though. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:54 pm
  • Marcus Smart misses all six shots from field
    Marcus Smart missed all six shots from the field and made all four from the line against the Cavs on Friday, adding five rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Isaiah Thomas (right hip strain) didn't play in the second half, but the Celtics being down 41 points at halftime was likely a factor here. Smart continues to get open looks, but he's just been terrible at converting those chances. He did start the second half on Friday night for IT. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:51 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (right hip) will not return
    Isaiah Thomas (right hip) will not return to Friday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: He was limping at the end of the first half and the team is calling it a right hip strain. The Celtics were dominated 72-31 for the biggest halftime deficit in the history of the NBA playoffs, so there's no reason to bring IT back. He was terrible in this game, scoring just two points in 18 minutes. Marcus Smart started the third quarter for Thomas. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:55 pm
  • Amir Johnson back to the bench
    Amir Johnson will move to the bench against the Cavs for Game 2 on Friday.

    Advice: After a rough Game 1 from Johnson and based on how that starting lineup hasn't fared well vs. Cleveland, Johnson may not be getting minutes. Jonas Jerebko could also be in the mix for this game while Jaylen Brown should play more, as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:47 pm
  • Jaylen Brown not afraid of LeBron
    Jaylen Brown said he sees LeBron James as "just a regular guy."

    Advice: "There's bigger threats in my neighborhood than LeBron James," Brown added. You could argue Brown was the best Celtic on Wednesday, scoring 10 points in 20 minutes. It sounds like coach Brad Stevens is going to get him out there again, and it makes a lot of sense to even start him. He makes a lot of sense as a DFS play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:39 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia doesn't do much at practice
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) didn't do much at practice on Friday.

    Advice: He is still listed as questionable for Game 3, but not doing much at practice doesn't bode well for his chances to play on Saturday. If Zaza isn't out there, it'll likely be more JaVale McGee and David West at the five with more Draymond in there, as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:31 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas not afraid of Cleveland
    Isaiah Thomas said the Celtics are not afraid of the Cavs.

    Advice: "They're not Space Jam," Thomas said. "They just happened to play better than us in Game 1." The Celtics starters were destroyed on Wednesday and played just eight minutes together. Coach Brad Stevens could opt to make a change, but he could also change his plan and look to double LeBron James more. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:29 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia goes through part of practice
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) went through parts of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: An MRI confirmed he only has a bruise to his heel. Pachulia did have some issues with his right Achilles earlier in his career, so there's a chance this could be affecting that ailment. If he can't go, JaVale McGee and David West will likely get some added run. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:26 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk starts 2nd half vs. Cleveland
    Kelly Olynyk started the second half of the Celtics' Game 1 loss on Wednesday, finishing with two points, three rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Olynyk replaced Amir Johnson after halftime but it didn't have a big impact at either end of the court, mainly because Olynyk missed his shots. The 26-year-old big man had a phenomenal Game 7 vs. the Wizards, and he could make an impact in this series, but the early returns aren't encouraging. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:54 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas struggles in Gm 1 loss vs. Cavs
    Isaiah Thomas struggled in 38 minutes on Wednesday, making 7-of-19 shots with two 3-pointers for 17 points, 10 assists, one rebound, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Thomas was trapped often by the Cavs' defense, as expected, but he just didn't have it going offensively -- he missed shots he usually makes, committed some costly turnovers, and the Celtics looked lost in the first half. Thomas was a mere 1-of-3 from the FT line tonight, after averaging 10.5 made free throws vs. Cleveland during the regular season. He should fare better in Game 2 on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:53 pm
  • Jaylen Brown plays well off bench in Gm 1
    Jaylen Brown was one of the few bright spots for Boston on Wednesday, coming off the bench for 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting, nine rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: "Jaylen [earns minutes] because he adds value to winning," Brad Stevens said before the game. Brown missed a pair of free throws late, with the game out of reach, but otherwise he was excellent in Game 1. He played admirable defense against LeBron James, and his four offensive rebounds gave Boston some much-needed (albeit short-lived) momentum. The rookie seems to have earned a significant role in this series. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:49 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 21 pts w/ four 3-pointers
    Jae Crowder made 8-of-13 shots with four 3-pointers to score 21 points during Wednesday's Game 1 defeat, adding eight rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics opened the game 5-of-16 from the field, including 1-of-7 from deep, but their biggest issues were on defense -- Crowder and his teammates had no answers for LeBron James. Crowder's offensive efforts tonight are a faint silver lining, at least, as he shot just 40.9 percent vs. the Bulls in the first round, and 43.6 percent vs. the Raptors in the semifinals. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:47 pm
  • Kyrie Irving w/ 11 points on 11 shot attempts
    Kyrie Irving scored 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting during the Cavs' Game 1 victory in Boston on Wednesday.

    Advice: Irving handed out six assists with two rebounds, two steals and one block in 34 minutes. He boasts a gaudy usage rate during the postseason but the Cavs had great success with LeBron James as their de facto point guard tonight, so Irving was relegated to second-string duties. We anticipate a bigger game, usage-wise, on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • MRI confirms heel bruise for Zaza Pachulia
    An MRI confirmed that Zaza Pachulia suffered a bruised right heel vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: The MRI didn't reveal any structural damage and Pachulia is considered day-to-day. The Warriors don't play again until Game 3 on Saturday, which is a big help, but if Zaza misses any games JaVale McGee stands to gain the most minutes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Sounds like Jaylen Brown is going to get run
    Coach Brad Stevens said Jaylen Brown has been playing "because he adds value to winning."

    Advice: "It’s been a great situation for us to see his growth," Stevens said. "It’s been pretty evident." It sounds like the Celtics will use their No. 3 pick in this series. Plus, Stevens also said that he may have a tough time doubling LeBron James because of all the shooters around him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:08 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) to have an MRI
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was diagnosed with a right heel contusion in Game 2 vs. the Spurs and wasn't able to return for the second half. X-rays were negative, but we should get an update on his timetable later tonight or on Thursday morning once the results of the MRI are known. If the big man misses time, expect more small-ball lineups from the Warriors with JaVale McGee also picking up a few more minutes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:17 am
  • Zaza Pachulia (heel) will not return Tuesday
    Zaza Pachulia (heel) will not return to Game 2 vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He left the game just before halftime and did not come back out for the second half. Pachulia has been diagnosed with a right heel contusion, but we'll know more about his status after he undergoes X-rays. Matt Barnes started the second half, but JaVale McGee would also pick up some minutes if Pachulia misses additional time. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Warriors confident Thompson will make shots
    The Warriors are highly confident that Klay Thompson will snap out of his recent shooting slump.

    Advice: After scoring only six points on 2-of-11 shooting in Game 1, Thompson is now averaging 15.0 points on 38.8 percent shooting, including 36.0 percent from 3-point territory in the playoffs. During the regular season, Klay averaged 22.3 points, while 46.8 percent from the floor and 41.4 percent from downtown. It's likely only a matter of time before Thompson starts heating up. Also, he's been phenomenal on the defensive end. "His stat line, offensively, wasn’t what most people expect, nor was it what he expected," said coach Mike Brown. "When you go back and you watch that tape, defensively he was a monster." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:43 am
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