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Fri. Oct 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Faverani is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery earlier this month.
Impact: Faverani already underwent surgery on his meniscus in March, so this setback is especially discouraging.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Young has been dealing with a hamstring injury and didn't play in Wednesday's opener.
Impact: It's unclear when Young will debut.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Olynyk led eight Celtics in double figures with 19 points in Wednesday's opener against Brooklyn.
Impact: Olynyk also added six rebounds while shooting 8 of 14. He should continue to post solid numbers as long as the minutes are there.
Thu. Oct 30, 2014 | STATS
News: After missing the entire exhibition season, Rondo had 13 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds in Wednesday's opener against Brooklyn.
Impact: Fantasy owners have to be thrilled with what they saw from Rondo. "He looks like himself," coach Brad Stevens said. "He kind of looks like what I saw on film before I got here. I don't think he ever looked like that at any time last year. ... But he is back to full speed. And it's really good to see."
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Green scored 17 points (4-10 FG, 2-3 3P, 7-9 FT) with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in a team-high 36 minutes during Wednesday's 121-105 win over the Nets.
Impact: Green and Rajon Rondo will be the steadying veteran influences on a young Celtics roster this year, and as a result Green should be able to improve on last season's production.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Olynyk scored 19 points (8-14 FG, 1-2 3P, 2-2 FT) with six rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes during Wednesday's 121-105 win over the Nets.
Impact: The second-year player looked sharp in his stretch big role, and with a healthy Rajon Rondo distributing the ball (at least for now) Olynyk should be able to take his production to the next level this season.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rondo (hand) scored 13 points (6-9 FG, 1-3 3P, 0-4 FT) with 12 assists and seven rebounds in 30 minutes during Wednesday's 121-105 win over the Nets.
Impact: His broken hand may have affected him at the free throw line, but otherwise it was an impressive season debut for the Celtics' point guard. Rondo may not finish the campaign in Boston, but he should be plenty productive wherever he plays.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Rondo is in the starting lineup for the Boston Celtics' opener against the Brooklyn Nets. Coach Brad Stevens said before Wednesday night's game that his All-Star point guard is ready to return from the broken hand that cost him most of training camp.
Impact: Rondo was expected to miss six to eight weeks, but in updates this week he hinted that he might be able to come back early. It's been five weeks since he broke his left hand when he slipped in the shower. Stevens said Rondo will wear something to protect the hand during the game. But Rondo won't have any limits on how many minutes he plays.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rondo (hand) will start Wednesday's regular season opener against the Nets, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Rondo, who broke his hand barely a month ago, will culminate his quick recovery by being ready to start at point guard in Wednesday's season opener. As a result, rookie first-rounder Marcus Smart will come off the bench. Since Rondo has been a full participant in recent practices, it's likely he'll be able to play without restriction moving forward, offering fantasy owners fantastic production from the point guard position.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Powell was added to the Celtics' final roster, WEEI Radio reports.
Impact: Powell averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.0 minutes over six games this preseason. Powell will be at the very bottom of the Celtics' depth chart and will struggle to get playing time over players like Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Tyler Zeller, and Brandon Bass this season. If Powell does have any value, it would be in very deep leagues.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rondo (hand) will practice Tuesday, after which he'll be examined one final time in advance of Wednesday's season opener against the Nets, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Rondo, who return to full-contact practice Friday, is progressing quickly from a broken hand and appears likely to take the court for the opener. Official word should come later Tuesday, so be sure monitor the point guard's status as Wednesday night's tip approaches.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smart (illness) will return to practice Monday.
Impact: Smart missed Friday's practice due to an illness, which fortunately subsided over the weekend. In advance of his regular season debut Wednesday, Smart will go through Monday's practice session. However, with Rajon Rondo (hand) on the fringe of returning as well, Smart may come off the bench in Wednesday's season opener.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rondo is considered by coach Brad Stevens to be "somewhere in the realm of questionable" to play in Wednesday's season opener against the Nets.
Impact: Rondo went through his first full-contact practice Friday since breaking his hand over a month ago and reportedly responded well to the conditions. As a result, Rondo is edging toward being cleared to re-claim his starting point guard position as early as Wednesday. Although Rondo's prospects of playing appear encouraging, the dexterous distributor's status should be monitored in advance of Boston's regular season opener.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young seems to have gotten over his hamstring injury with his successful 26-minute outing against the Nets in which he was able to score five points and grab four rebounds.
Impact: Young was plagued with a hamstring injury throughout the preseason that limited him to just two games. The rookie certainly could have benefited from more time on the court, both in practice and exhibition games, but there's no time for prep left as the Celtics begin their regular season against the Nets on Wednesday. At 19-years-old, it's still undetermined what kind of role Young will have on the team, although he'll be competing for minutes with the three capable veterans of Jeff Green, Evan Turner, and Gerald Wallace which certainly curtails his value.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rondo (hand) took part in full-contact practice Friday for the first time since sustaining his injury, MassLive's Jay King reports.
Impact: It's starting to look more and more realistic that Rondo could be ready to go for the season opener. If Rondo can't go, Marcus Smart will start at point guard, but those who have yet to draft shouldn't discount Rondo much, if at all, due to his hand injury.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smart is under the weather and will not practice Friday, CSN Northeast's A. Sherrod Blakely reports.
Impact: This is the second consecutive practice he will miss with the illness, but it's unlikely he'll be too sick to take the court for the season opener next week. Meanwhile Rajon Rondo (hand) practiced Friday, and he remains questionable for the season opener. While Smart should be owned in most leagues based on his potential to be a dominant contributor in steals, his value is directly tied to Rondo, as Smart will be a much more effective fantasy player when he's playing point guard.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wallace has successfully played in two preseason games since being sidelined for multiple days with a minor knee injury.
Impact: Wallace was never in any real danger of missing extended time as the Celtics played it safe with their aging veteran to keep him fresh for the start of the regular season. The Celtics face the Nets in the first game of the regular season Wednesday and Wallace will likely be in the rotation, although he'll be used in limited capacity off the bench.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smart will start at point guard on opening night if Rajon Rondo (hand) is unable to play.
Impact: Rondo is essentially a game-time call with opening night a week away, but if he's still hampered by his broken hand, the rookie will get the start. There's been some speculation that new addition Evan Turner could see some run at point guard, but it appears Brad Stevens will look to get Smart plenty of run early on. While he's unproven as a shooter, Smart is a relentless worker on both ends of the court and should produce solid rebounding and steals numbers for the position.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smart scored 16 points (5-8 FG, 2-5 3P, 4-4 FT) with four assists and two steals in just 16 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Nets.
Impact: The Celtics emptied their bench in the second half, so Smart's limited court time wasn't due to an injury. Unless Rajon Rondo shows some big improvement over the next week, Smart should begin the season as the starting point guard, but his fantasy value in the short term will hinge in large part on whether he's able to be as efficient from the floor as he was in this one.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sullinger scored 15 points (7-10 FG, 1-4 3P, 0-1 FT) with 17 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in just 25 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Nets.
Impact: The young forward will be looking to take his game to the next level this season, and with Brooklyn resting both Kevin Garnett and Andrei Kirilenko on Wednesday, Sullinger took advantage. He should head into the regular season with a load of confidence.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rondo (hand) has been as close to full contact in practice as one can be without being cleared for full contact, according to coach Brad Stevens, Scott Souza of the MetroWest Daily News reports.
Impact: This is pretty convoluted, but it's a good sign for Rondo's chance of returning to game action in the near future. The Celtics still haven't ruled him out for the season opener, and because of that, he shouldn't carry much of a discount on draft day.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Atlanta Hawks have trimmed their roster to 15 players by waiving Eddie and center Dexter Pittman.
Impact: Eddie and Pittman didn't play in the Hawks' 117-114 overtime preseason win over Charlotte on Monday night. Eddie, a rookie from Virginia Tech, averaged 2.8 points in three preseason games.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young (hamstring) is not experiencing pain after Monday's practice and is expected to play Wednesday against the Nets.
Impact: The rookie missed two weeks with a strained hamstring but returned to the practice floor Monday. While he's not yet 100 percent, he said he's "definitely in the 90s," so Young should be close to, if not fully, healthy when the regular season opens next Wednesday. The Kentucky product will see time at both shooting guard and small forward this season, but he's currently stuck behind veterans Jeff Green, Evan Turner, Gerald Wallace and Avery Bradley on the depth chart.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rondo (hand) could be ready for the season opener on Oct. 29, CSN Northeast's A. Sherrod Blakely reports.
Impact: He will sit out the Celtics' final preseason game Wednesday, but the broken bone in his hand is healing properly, and if he gets cleared to take part in the contact portion of practices later in the week, there's a chance the Celtics could have him for the start of the regular season. He could use a protective glove for his hand, but it would have to be approved by the league. At this point, Rondo shouldn't be downgraded much in fantasy drafts.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rondo (hand) is progressing well in his recovery from surgery and could begin participating in contact drills as early as next week, according to coach Brad Stevens.
Impact: Rondo underwent surgery to repair his broken left hand last month, but has already gone through non-contact drills during recent practice sessions. Since his condition continues to improve, Rondo may be cleared for contact sooner than expected, which has caused coach Stevens to leave open the possibility of Rondo being available for the Celtics' regular season opener Oct. 29. As a result, Rondo's status should be closely monitored as the week unfolds, since he'll surely displace rookie Marcus Smart as Boston's starting point guard once healthy.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young (hamstring) will not play in Sunday's preseason game.
Impact: It was widely suspected that Young would be held out of Sunday's game and that indeed came to fruition as he continues to deal with a strained left hamstring. His next opportunity to play will be against the Nets on Wednesday.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wallace (knee) is expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Nets.
Impact: Wallace missed each of the previous two games with a knee injury, but is expected to return to the court Sunday. The 32-year-old isn't known for his offensive prowess, and will likely contribute more on the defensive end off the bench for the Celtics this season.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young (hamstring) will likely miss Sunday's game against Brooklyn according to coach Brad Stevens.
Impact: Young strained his hamstring injury earlier in October and was considered week-to-week. The fact that coach Brad Stevens hasn't completely ruled him out marks likely indicates he is finally nearing a return. The 19-year-old hopes to stick with the Celtics this season, but will have a lot of work to do after missing multiple weeks in training camp.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The Boston Celtics have traded center Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for Bynum.
Impact: Bynum averaged 8.7 points and 3.9 assists over 56 games last season, his seventh in the NBA.