Boston Celtics Player News: All Positions

News: Horford finished with nine points (4-13 FG, 1-5 3Pt), seven rebounds, six assists and a steal over 36 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.
Impact: Horford finished with just nine points in Wednesday's loss, struggling to hit shots from the field. He contributed with solid rebounding and assist totals, but his lack of scoring was most noticeable. The Celtics as a team shot just 31.2 percent from the floor and 17.9 percent from deep en route to getting blown out by 25 points.
News: Morris finished with 14 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds and three assists over 30 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.
Impact: Morris produced his second straight double-double, though he was one of the few bright spots on a Celtics team that got crushed on Wednesday. Though he came off the bench in favor of Aron Baynes, Morris played 20 more minutes than Baynes in the loss.
News: Irving totaled 15 points (6-21 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), one rebound, one assist and one steal over 33 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.
Impact: After going 7-22 from the floor in Game 4, Irving came out ice cold in Wednesday's Game 5 loss, shooting a dreadful 6-21. The Celtics made the Eastern Conference Finals last year without Irving, but the team couldn't get out of the second round with him on the court this year, thanks in large part to his poor offensive contributions throughout the series. After an early playoff exit, rumors of his potential departure from Boston may get louder as the offseason approaches.
News: Tatum totaled 14 points (3-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 7-9 FT), six rebounds, two assists and a block over 27 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Wednesday.
Impact: Tatum finished Wednesday's loss with an poor shooting performance, draining only three of 10 attempts from the field. He ends the series having shot only 36.3 percent, and the Celtics' season is now over. Tatum shined in last year's playoffs, but with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward back in the fold this year, his production trailed off noticeably.
News: Morris will come off the bench for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Morris will be replaced in the starting lineup by Aron Baynes. While the veteran forward's had some success against Milwaukee, averaging 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in 29.8 minutes over the first four second-round contests, his defense has been inadequate. Considering the lineup change, expect Morris to receive less run than usual as long as Baynes remains in the starting-five.
News: Baynes will start Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Baynes will start for the first time in the Celtics' second-round series. Compared to the first-round series against Indiana in which he averaged 19.3 minutes, Baynes' seen his workload decrease to a mere 7.0 minutes per game in four contests with the Bucks. With the Celtics facing elimination, Baynes could be in line for a heavy workload if he can manage to hinder some of Milwaukee's offensive salvo.
News: Smart will remain on a minutes limit for Wednesday's Game 5, Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com reports.
Impact: Smart, who returned to action in Game 4, will still be somewhat limited according to coach Brad Stevens. For context, Smart saw 15 minutes in Game 4 while he averaged 27.5 during the regular season. Ultimately Smart's likely to see an uptick in run compared to Monday and could see a greater boost depending on his play.
News: Smart said he hopes to play longer stints in Wednesday's Game 5 against Milwaukee than he did in Game 4, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Smart made his return to action in Monday's Game 4 -- almost a full month after he last took the floor before suffering an oblique injury against the Magic on April 7. While Smart connected on a three-pointer in the first half, it would prove to be his only basket of the game, and he finished 1-of-7 from three while failing to attempt a single two-pointer. It's possible Smart could see a slight bump in minutes Wednesday, but the Celtics may lean toward more consistent shooters after converting only 9-of-41 three-point attempts as a team in Game 4.
News: Smart (oblique) posted three points (1-7 FG, 1-7 3Pt), two assists, one rebound and one steal in 15 minutes off the bench Monday in the Celtics' 113-101 loss to the Bucks in Game 4 of the series.
Impact: Back in action approximately one month after tearing a side muscle in the penultimate game of the regular season, Smart struggled to make an impact on either end during his time on the court. Smart should gradually take on more playing time as he becomes further removed from the injury, but he may only have one more opportunity to suit up this season with the Celtics on the brink of elimination.
News: Tatum finished with 17 points (6-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks over 35 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Monday.
Impact: Tatum produced his second straight double-double after posting a couple of duds in Games 1 and 2 of this series. His inconsistencies are a major concern, and the recent outburst in production has come on just a little late, currently down 3-1 to Milwaukee.
News: Morris totaled 18 points (5-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-11 FT), 14 rebounds and two assists over 34 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Monday.
Impact: Morris finished with a big double-double by grabbing a team-high 14 boards in Monday's loss. He's been a great source of points and rebounds, with averages of 14.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in three games prior to Monday.
News: Horford totaled 20 points (8-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, five assists and a block over 38 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Monday.
Impact: Horford was at it once again on Monday, producing a well-rounded stat line with contributions across multiple categories. Horford has done his part for the Celtics with his work on both ends of the floor, yet Boston has lacked any dominant playmakers who can go toe-to-toe with Giannis Antetokounmpo. With Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum struggling in this series, Milwaukee has stormed back from an 0-1 deficit to lead the series 3-1.
News: Irving totaled 23 points (7-22 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 10 assists, six rebounds and two steals over 44 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Monday.
Impact: Irving shot poorly from the floor once again, but he was able to make it to the free throw line nine times by getting to the hole at will. He's converted a dreadful 19-62 attempts from the field in the Celtics' three losses in this series, and his scoring has been negligible at best. He finished with yet another double-double, but the Celtics will need better efficiency and timely playmaking as they travel to Milwaukee, on the brink of elimination down 3-1.
News: Smart (oblique) will play in Game 4 against Milwaukee on Monday night.
Impact: After battling through an oblique injury that he suffered during one of Boston's final regular-season contests, Smart has gained clearance to return to game action, and he's done so much sooner than initially expected. He averaged 8.9 points along with 4.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds over 80 games during the 2018-2019 campaign and served as the starting shooting guard for the Celtics, although it's been decided that he'll come off the bench in Game 4. Head coach Brad Stevens noted that while Smart won't be on a minutes restriction, he'll play "short stints," according to the play-by-play announcer of the Boston Celtics, Sean Grande.
News: Smart (oblique) could end up being a game-time decision for Monday's Game 4 against Milwaukee, Marc D'Amico of Celtics.com reports.
Impact: Smart went through practice Sunday and sounded optimistic about his chances to return Monday, stating that the only hurdle remaining was waking up without pain. The Celtics haven't commented on Smart's availability yet -- he remains questionable on the injury report -- and it sounds as though they'll wait until closer to game time to issue an update. "He's a big, big part of our team," Irving said of Smart on Sunday. "He alleviates a lot of different pressures out there throughout the game, makes my job a lot easier."
News: Smart (oblique) is considered questionable for Game 4 against the Bucks on Monday, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: This is more good news for the Celtics, as Smart went through 3-on-3 drills Saturday and was finally cleared for full contact Sunday. He's certainly trending in the right direction at this point, although a final decision on his status for Game 4 won't be made until closer to tipoff.
News: Smart (oblique) is hopeful to play in Monday's Game 4 against Milwaukee.
Impact: Smart's recovery has progressed much more quickly than expected, and as of Sunday he's been cleared for full contact. Smart went though 3-on-3 work at practice Saturday, and the Celtics will now wait to see how he feels Monday morning before issuing an update.
News: Hayward produced 10 points (2-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, and five assists in 33 minutes during Friday's 123-116 Game 3 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Hayward provided a fairly well-rounded stat line while earning more minutes than all but three of his teammates (Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Kyrie Irving). Hayward has now reached double figures in scoring in three of the last four games (and five of seven during this playoff run). Moreover, he bounced back from a disastrous performance in Tuesday's Game 2 (five points on one-of-five from the field) and has seen at least 30 minutes in six of the first seven postseason matchups.
News: Brown contributed 18 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 31 minutes during Friday's 123-116 Game 3 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Brown turned in a solid stat line, contributing across every category despite fouling out. He has reached double figures in scoring in five consecutive bouts while draining at least 50.0 percent of his field goal attempts in five of the last six. With Marcus Smart (oblique) still out, Brown can be expected to keep receiving fairly heavy minutes at least until Smart returns.
News: Irving recorded 29 points (8-22 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 11-12 FT), six assists, three rebounds, and three steals in 42 minutes during Friday's 123-116 Game 3 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Irving salvaged his offensive efficiency by repeatedly drawing fouls and knocking down all but one of his free throws. However, he finished with nearly as many turnovers (four) as assists in the team's second straight loss. With the Celtics trailing 2-1, Irving will likely need to deliver a signature performance for the Bucks to even the series in Monday's Game 4.
News: Tatum totaled 20 points (7-14 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 37 minutes during Friday's 123-116 Game 3 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Tatum finished with over twice as many points in this one as he did in the last two tilts combined. He is yet to sink a three through the first three games of the second round, but Tatum was at least able to regain his form offensively after the recent two-game slump. With the Celtics down 2-1 and in desperate need of a win in Monday's Game 4, Tatum is likely to have the same aggressive mindset heading into the biggest contest of the campaign.
News: Smart (oblique) participated in one-on-one contact work Thursday against an assistant, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
Impact: Smart will presumably still be out for Friday's Game 3 against the Bucks, but it appears his recovery is going well. Chances are, given the initial timetable for his recovery, Smart's return would occur in a potential Conference Finals matchup.
News: Horford totaled 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt), eight rebounds and three assists over 29 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Tuesday.
Impact: Horford had a great line on Tuesday, though he noticeably regressed after a huge Game 1 performance. Horford's five turnovers were uncharacteristic of the steady and efficient big man. Milwaukee unsurprisingly came out aggressive and urgent after dropping Game 1 at home, and Boston was simply outplayed and outhustled. Horford and the Celtics will have a chance to retake the series lead on Friday when the matchup comes to Boston.
News: Brown totaled 16 points (5-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-7 FT), six rebounds and three assists over 33 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Tuesday.
Impact: Brown continued his solid play as a starter on Tuesday, finishing second on his team in scoring and chipping in some solid counting numbers. He's been on an offensive resurgence recently, averaging 17.8 points per game on 59.1 percent shooting from the floor and 50.0 percent from downtown in his last four contests.
News: Hayward finished with five points (1-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and three assists over 31 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Tuesday.
Impact: Although he continues to get solid minutes off the bench, Hayward has been highly forgettable with his opportunities for Boston this postseason. Returning from a devastating leg injury suffered in 2017, Hayward just hasn't looked himself for most of this season. He's averaging 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists through six playoff appearances in 2019.
News: Morris finished with 17 points (6-8 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, an assist and a steal over 25 minutes in the Celtics' loss to the Bucks on Tuesday.
Impact: Morris led Boston in scoring on Tuesday with just 17 points, as the Celtics were routed and no one could find their rhythm. After a nine-point showing on Sunday, Morris responded with some better offense and his usual contributions of rebounds and defense. This was Morris' second start, and he should remain in the starting lineup moving forward.
News: Baynes (ankle) is available for Tuesday's Game 2 against Milwaukee.
Impact: Baynes suffered a sprained left ankle in Game 1, but he'll play through it during Game 2. In the series opener, he posted four points and one steal in nine minutes.
News: Head coach Brad Stevens said he expects Baynes (ankle) to play in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Baynes suffered the left ankle sprain in Game 1 and ended up playing just nine minutes in the victory. However, it looks like Baynes should be good to go for the series' second outing, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was limited again should he be available.
News: Baynes is considered questionable for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks due to a left ankle sprain.
Impact: Baynes limped off the court in Game 1 after turning his ankle, and his status for the second matchup of the series is in jeopardy at this point. The Celtics should have a better idea on the big man's status closer to tipoff. Marcus Morris would see a heavier workload if Baynes can't go.
News: Rozier delivered 11 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds and three assists across 20 minutes in Sunday's 112-90 Game 1 road win over the the Bucks.
Impact: Rozier and Gordon Hayward once again led the second unit during Sunday's big win. With Marcus Smart injured (oblique), Rozier has averaged 8.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 19 minutes through five playoff contests. Jaylen Brown, not Rozier, is seeing the extra bump in floor time due to Smart's injury. Rozier and his Boston teammates will vie for a 2-0 lead Tuesday night in Milwaukee.
News: Ojeleye supplied two points (1-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt) across eight minutes in Sunday's 112-90 Game 1 road win over the Bucks.
Impact: Some pundits believed Ojeleye would play the role of "Giannis stopper" in this series, but that role was delivered by Al Horford during this convincing Game 1 win. Ojeleye provides Horford with a much needed breather, especially with Aron Baynes (ankle) banged up. But don't expect big points from Ojeleye during these playoffs as he's strictly a 3-and-D bench player. Boston will stay in Milwaukee for Tuesday's Game 2 versus the Bucks.
News: Hayward delivered 13 points (5-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block across 30 minutes in Sunday's convincing 112-90 Game 1 road win over the Bucks.
Impact: Hayward once again delivered an efficient scoring boost off the bench for the C's. The veteran forward is now averaging 12.4 points, 4.8 boards and 2.4 dimes during 31 minutes per game through five playoff contests. Expect him to continue with his Manu Ginobili role, despite injuries to Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes, as Boston faces the Bucks Tuesday for Game 2.
News: Baynes banged out four points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and one steal across nine minutes in Sunday's 112-90 Game 1 road win over the Bucks.
Impact: Baynes, who again tweaked his left ankle, played a minor role during Boston's surprising Game 1 road win. Coach Brad Stevens preferred to go small, starting Marcus Morris at the power forward spot. In post-game interviews, Baynes claimed he was ready to go back into Game 1 despite the ankle injury, per A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston. Stevens has kept his lineups close to the vest during the playoffs, though one would expect to again see Morris get the start Tuesday based on Sunday's success.
News: Brown finished with 19 points (8-14 FG, 3-7 3Pt) and four rebounds across 36 minutes in the Celtics' win over the Bucks on Sunday.
Impact: Brown garnered his sixth consecutive start on Sunday, finishing with 19 points in the surprise win. In his five previous starts, Brown averaged 11.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists, making him a flyer in daily formats for points. His fantasy value is limited primarily to scoring.
News: Yabusele (back) secured a rebound in three minutes in Game 1 against Milwaukee on Sunday.
Impact: Yabusele missed the last four contests due to a sore back, but he briefly checked into Sunday's matchup, proving his health. Though the back issue appears to be behind him, Yabusele is unlikely to play much of a role for the Celtics in the postseason.
News: Morris finished with nine points (4-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), seven rebounds, three blocks and a steal across 30 minutes in the Celtics' win over the Bucks on Sunday.
Impact: Morris came up small on the offensive side of the ball, but he made up for his small scoring effort with solid defense. He blocked three shots and came up with a steal while pulling down seven rebounds.
News: Irving finished with 26 points (12-21 FG, 2-5 3Pt), 11 assists and seven rebounds across 33 minutes in the Celtics' win over the Bucks on Sunday.
Impact: Irving produced a big double-double while scoring a game-high 26 points and handing out 11 dimes. He also grabbed seven boards on the way to a massive stat line in a surprising upset win for the Celtics. Expect his high usage rate to continue as the series moves forward.
News: Horford finished with 20 points (8-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal across 32 minutes in the Celtics' win over the Bucks on Sunday.
Impact: Horford put together a massive effort in Sunday's blowout win, doing work on both ends of the court. He scored an efficient 20 points and pulled down 11 boards while swatting three shots. His defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo was probably his most important contribution, and Boston sits pretty with a 1-0 series lead with an impressive road win.
News: Baynes did not return to Sunday's game in Milwaukee as a precaution after rolling his left ankle, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Between the Celtics holding a big lead in the fourth quarter and the history of Baynes rolling his left ankle this year, head coach Brad Stevens decided to not put him back on the floor to avoid risking another injury. He'll be evaluated Monday to make sure nothing gets worse overnight, but he was cleared by trainers to return Sunday and should be considered probable to play Tuesday. Prior to leaving Sunday's contest, Baynes had scored four points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3PT, 1-2 FT) with one steal in nine minutes.
News: Baynes (ankle) has been cleared to return to Sunday's matchup with the Bucks.
Impact: Boston diagnosed their center with just a rolled left ankle after he fell to the floor in the third quarter. He'll be available to return to the game and there shouldn't be any concern that the injury will have a long-lasting effect unless he were to aggravate it again.
News: Baynes went to the locker room in the third quarter Sunday against the Bucks with an apparent ankle injury, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Celtics' center took a spill to the floor, and after staying down for a while he was able to walk off the court under his own power and go straight to the locker room. He's questionable to return to the matchup, although Boston would have a tough time replacing him if he needs to miss an extended time period.
News: Smart (oblique) is listed as out for Game 1 against the Bucks on Sunday, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected Smart won't play in Game 1. He recently began running again and isn't projected to return until at least the Conference Finals.
News: Smart (oblique) progressed to running on a treadmill Tuesday, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Smart remains out indefinitely while working back from a relatively severe oblique injury, which kept him out of Round 1 and is expected to sideline him for the entirety of Round 2, as well. Smart was initially given a 4-to-6-week timetable after sustaining the injury late in the regular season, though coach Brad Stevens referred to that projection as "aggressive," so the Celtics will likely have to advance to the Conference Finals, or beyond, for Smart to return to the floor this season. Nonetheless, the fact that he's been cleared to resume running ahead of schedule represents a step in the right direction.
News: Baynes had just two points, two rebounds, and one steal in 18 minutes during Sunday's 110-106 victory over Indiana.
Impact: Baynes did very little to trouble the scorers Sunday, ending the victory with just two points in 18 minutes. He is basically out there as a big body to match up with the size of Indiana and barely features in their offensive structures.
News: Morris tallied 18 points (7-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), and eight rebounds in 30 minutes during Sunday's 110-106 victory over Indiana.
Impact: Morris finished with an empty 18 points and eight rebounds Sunday but was certainly a factor down the stretch, nailing a couple of clutch baskets. Morris typically provides value only on nights he is shooting the ball well and that was once again the case here. Despite his limited skillset, Morris is going to be a factor for the Celtics moving forward and will need to continue his solid shooting if they hope to push for a Conference finals berth.
News: Horford totaled 14 points (4-19 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 12 rebounds, and five assists in 33 minutes during Sunday's 110-106 victory over the Pacers.
Impact: Horford ended with a double-double Sunday, thankfully saving what was a terrible shooting night. He hit just 4-of-19 from the floor and failed to pick up a defensive stat. The Celtics are now through to the second round of the playoffs where they will likely face the Bucks who are just one victory away from also recording a first-round sweep.
News: Hayward finished with 20 points (7-9 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 34 minutes during Sunday's 110-106 victory over the Pacers.
Impact: Hayward dropped a team-high 20 points Sunday as the Celtics closed out a four-game sweep of the Pacers. Hayward had his best game of the playoffs and is certainly trending in the right direction. His recovery from injury has been a long and drawn out process but perhaps he is beginning to turn the corner. If he manages to build on this effort, it certainly increases the Celtics' chances of making even more noise in the playoffs.
News: Yabusele (back) won't play in Sunday's Game 4 against Indiana, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Yabusele was questionable entering Sunday's game due to his sore back. His absence shouldn't impact the team much at all since he hasn't seen any action off the bench in the first-three games of the series. Yabusele's next chance to play will either be in Game 5 on Wednesday or in Round 2 against Milwaukee, depending on if the Celtics win Sunday's tilt.
News: Yabusele (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's tilt with Indiana, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Yabusele appears to be dealing with a sore back. An absence for Yabusele won't have much of an impact o the Celtics' rotations considering the French forward has yet to see the floor this postseason.
News: Tatum contributed 18 points (8-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-4 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 33 minutes during Friday's 104-96 victory over Indiana.
Impact: Tatum finished with 18 points in Friday's Game 3 victory, a game in which four of the five starters scored in excess of 16 points. The balanced scoring attack was just enough for the Celtics to take a stranglehold on the series with just one victory now standing between them and the second round of the playoffs. Tatum and Jaylen Brown finished a combined 4-of-12 from the charity stripe, a number that will need to increase if they are to make any real noise in the playoffs.
News: Horford had 16 points (6-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 36 minutes during Friday's 104-96 victory over Indiana.
Impact: Horford played 36 minutes in Friday's Game 3 victory, showing no lasting effects from an apparent illness that had been hanging around earlier in the week. Horford managed to contribute across the board whilst also holding Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis to a combined 25 points. Boston will be hoping for a repeat performance Sunday with a victory moving them onto the second round where they would await the winner of the Toronto and Orlando series.
News: Brown ended with 23 points (8-9 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 3-7 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, and one block in 35 minutes during Friday's 104-96 victory over the Pacers,
Impact: Brown was excellent once again Friday, leading the Celtics with 23 points on an impressive 8-of-9 shooting. It was certainly a far more aggressive performance from Brown who had just six points in his previous outing. The Celtics are now one win away from advancing to the second round of the playoffs with Game 4 to be held, once again, in Indianapolis on Sunday.
News: Irving totaled 19 points (7-19 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 assists, five rebounds, one steal, and one block in 37 minutes during Friday's 104-96 victory over the Pacers.
Impact: Irving came away with 19 points and 10 assists in Friday's victory, moving the Celtics to within one victory of a sweep over the Pacers. It was certainly not the best shooting night for Irving but he was able to contribute in other ways, filling the box score in 37 minutes on the court. They will not have to wait long to try and secure the series with Game 4 leading the slate Sunday, featuring an early tipoff time of 1 pm.
News: Brown posted six points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt), nine rebounds, and one assist across 27 minutes in Wednesday's 99-91 Game 2 win over the Pacers.
Impact: Brown once again started with Marcus Smart (oblique) sidelined. He played a complimentary role to Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum, who combined for 63 points. Brown contributed solid defense and executed a perfect drive-and-dish to Tatum for a clutch near end-of-game three. Brown and his teammates now take a 2-0 lead to Friday's game in Indianapolis. Expect Brown to once again see 25-28 minutes of floor time.
News: Morris eked out zero points (0-8 FG, 0-4 3Pt) and four rebounds over 21 minutes in Wednesday's 99-91 Game 2 win over the Pacers.
Impact: Morris had a terrible shooting night, but kept chucking. The veteran forward does not lack confidence. Lucky for Boston, both Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum were hot from the field during the home court Game 2 victory. With a 2-0 lead, Morris and his teammates now head to Indianapolis for Game 3 on Friday. Expect a bounce-back effort from Morris, who scored 20 points with seven boards in Game 1 of the series.
News: Hayward contributed 13 points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and five rebounds in 28 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Pacers.
Impact: Hayward was one of three Celtics to reach double-figures scoring in Wednesday's Game 2 win. Hayward appeared to have found his rhythm towards the end of the regular season and has translated the momentum into two solid playoff performances. While he's averaging just 11.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the first two games, he's played an average of 29.0 minutes of the bench, good for third best on the team for Round 1.
News: Tatum finished with 26 points (11-20 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and a steal across 38 minutes Wednesday against Indiana.
Impact: Tatum had a tremendous outing Wednesday, scoring his most points since January 14th and providing sterling secondary production behind Kyrie Irving. The second-year forward's development seemed to stagnate for much of the year, but so far in the playoffs, he's returned to his 2017-18 form. Through two games, Tatum's averaging 20.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assist in 36 minutes.
News: Irving amassed 37 points (15-26 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 39 minutes during Wednesday's win over Indiana.
Impact: The star point guard provided integral production down the stretch as the Celtics clawed their way back from a 11-point defect in the fourth quarter. Irving's been excellent for the first two games of the Round 1 series, and has amassed 57 points, 14 assists, 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in that span. Irving will look to continue his strong play as the Celtics attempt to extend their series lead Friday in Indiana.
News: Horford (illness) is available to play in Wednesday's playoff game against Indiana, Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com reports.
Impact: Horford reportedly emerged with an illness overnight Tuesday and was officially questionable to play Wednesday before the ultimate ruling by the team of his ability to play versus the Pacers. It also doesn't appear that Horford with have his minutes limited in Game 2. Horford will presumably start once again, with Aaron Baynes and Daniel Theis chipping in off the bench Wednesday.
News: Horford (illness) has been upgraded to available for Wednesday's game against Indiana, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: As expected, Horford will play Wednesday. The veteran center accumulated 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a steal in the first game of the round one series against Indiana on Sunday.
News: Horford (illness) is expected to play in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Pacers but will go through warmups before a final decision is made, Celtics play-by-play announcer Sean Grande reports.
Impact: While not yet official, all indications are that Horford is going to play through the illness that caused him to appear on Wednesday's injury report. Look for confirmation on the big man's status to come just before tip-off.
News: Horford is questionable for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Pacers due to an illness.
Impact: After a successful Game 1, which saw Horford produce a double-double with five assists and a steal in 32 minutes, he's come down with an illness. He'll likely do what he can to rest until close to tipoff, and there's a chance his availability will come down to a game-time call. If Horford ends up sidelined, coach Brad Stevens would likely turn to Aron Baynes, Daniel Theis and Robert Williams to fill in minutes at center.
News: Brown is in the starting lineup for Sunday's playoff contest against Indiana, Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Brown will reportedly enter the starting rotation Sunday in place of the injured Marcus Smart who will be out for an extended period of time with an oblique injury.
News: Baynes (ankle) is off the injury report ahead of Sunday's Game 1 against the Pacers, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Baynes missed the final game of the regular season due to left ankle soreness, but he's good to go for the playoffs. He's started his past eight appearances, averaging 7.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 assist in 23.4 minutes.
News: Horford (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Indiana, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Horford missed the season-finale Tuesday due to left knee soreness, which has been hounding the veteran center for the past couple weeks. Look for an update on Horford's availability to come out prior to tipoff Sunday.
News: Tatum (shin) is expected to be fine for Sunday's Game 1 against the Pacers, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: There was never much doubt with regard to Tatum's status, though he was one of several Celtics regulars held out of Wednesday's regular season finale.
News: Coach Brad Stevens didn't sound overly optimistic Thursday when asked about Smart's (oblique) recovery, calling the guard's projected 4-to-6-week timetable "aggressive," Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Stevens could simply be tempering expectations, but it's nonetheless discouraging for the Celtics, who lost Smart midway through Sunday's loss to the Magic. Smart will miss all of Round 1 against Indiana, and as of now it appears Boston is bracing to be without its best perimeter defender for most -- if not all -- of Round 2, assuming the Celtics advance.
News: Smart has been diagnosed with a torn left oblique and could be sidelined for the first two rounds of the postseason, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Early indications for Smart by general manager Danny Ainge suggested the guard might be ready for Game 1, but it turns out Smart has suffered a significant injury. One of the top defensive players in the league, Smart's absence will undoubtedly affect the Celtics in Round 1. In looking for a replacement, coach Brad Stevens will likely turn to Jaylen Brown to take over a significant amount of Smart's minutes. It's possible Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier share the floor more as well.
News: General manager Danny Ainge said Tuesday that Tatum (shin) will be "fine" this weekend for Game 1 of the Celtics' first-round playoff series with the Pacers, Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com reports.
Impact: Tatum was one of seven Celtics players withheld from Tuesday's 116-110 win over the Wizards with a listed injury in what amounted to a meaningless regular-season finale. Among the resting players, only Tatum and Marcus Smart (oblique) looked to be nursing legitimate injuries, with Smart's situation viewed as the more serious of the two. Ainge's comments suggest Tatum will be back at practice Thursday, which will clear up any lingering concern about the second-year forward's availability for the playoffs.
News: General manager Danny Ainge said Wednesday that Smart (oblique) is considered day-to-day heading into the Celtics' first-round playoff series against the Pacers this weekend, Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com reports.
Impact: Boston held out seven players with listed injuries in the regular-season finale Tuesday against the Wizards, but only Smart's status is in any question heading into the postseason. Ainge suggested Smart's situation may not even be all that dire, as he left open the possibility for the defensive-minded guard to practice Thursday. Expect the Celtics to provide an update on Smart's outlook for Game 1 -- which will likely fall Sunday -- following Thursday's session.
News: Hunter tallied 17 points (6-13 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, three assists and a steal over 26 minutes Tuesday against the Wizards.
Impact: Hunter got a chance for extended minutes with the Celtics electing to rest the good majority of their rotation players in the season finale, and he made the most of his opportunities. He finished the contest tied for the team lead in points and contributed across the board in a 116-110 victory. Unfortunately for the Georgia State product, he's unlikely to see much, if any, playing time in the postseason.
News: Dozier registered 12 points (5-14 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals over 37 minutes Tuesday against the Wizards.
Impact: Although Dozier didn't lead the bench in scoring, he did log more minutes than any other reserve and he secured the team's lone double-double in a 116-110 victory. The South Carolina product is unlikely to sniff the court much during the playoffs, however, as he's appeared in just five matchups all season for Boston, including Tuesday's performance.
News: Brown scored 15 points (6-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT) and collected three rebounds along with two assists and three steals over 18 minutes Tuesday against the Wizards.
Impact: Brown had been dealing with a back injury at the beginning of April, but he's now played in back-to-back contests without issue and appears to be ready to play a key role off the bench in the postseason. However, if Marcus Smart (oblique) fails to return in time, Brown would likely join the starting five.
News: Ojeleye finished with 17 points (7-17 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-4 FT), four rebounds, three assists and a steal over 38 minutes Tuesday against the Wizards.
Impact: Ojeleye picked up the start at forward with the Celtics resting their key rotation guys for the season finale. He finishes the regular season averaging 3.1 points and 1.5 rebounds over 55 contests and figures to be buried on the bench throughout the playoffs, barring a slew of injuries.
News: Rozier totaled 21 points (8-15 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists and a steal over 24 minutes Tuesday against the Wizards.
Impact: Rozier put together a well-rounded performance in a 116-110 victory for the Celtics. Although Boston was without all five of its usual starts, Rosier and company managed to get the job done. Following the season finale, Rozier will slot back in as the backup point guard behind Kyrie Irving for the postseason.
News: Yabusele will start Tuesday night's game against the Wizards.
Impact: All five of Boston's usual starters are out of the mix due to injuries or rest purposes, so Yabusele is in line for his first start of the season. He's averaging just seven minutes over his previous five contests but should surpass that benchmark Tuesday evening given the Celtics' lack of depth.
News: Williams will start Tuesday's game against the Wizards.
Impact: With coach Brad Stevens resting most of his key players, Williams will make his second NBA start during the final game of the regular season. In his previous start, he posted two points, three rebounds, two blocks and one assist across 10 minutes.
News: Ojeleye will start Tuesday's game against the Wizards.
Impact: Coach Brad Stevens is resting most of his key players for the team's final regular-season game. As a result, Ojeleye will make his third start of the year. In two prior starts, he's averaged 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 19.5 minutes.
News: Brown is starting Tuesday night against Washington.
Impact: Brown was cleared to play earlier in the day and will enter the starting lineup with Marcus Smart (oblique) out of the mix. Brown's last start dates back to Mar. 11 against the Clippers, when he poured in 22 points over 31 minutes.
News: Rozier will start at point guard Tuesday against Washington.
Impact: As anticipated, Rozier will serve as Boston's primary ball handler with the majority of their key rotation players out for rest.
News: Yabusele (foot) will be available for Tuesday's game against the Wizards, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: As expected, Yabusele will suit up for Tuesday's game after being held out of Sunday's outing against the Magic due to a foot injury. With the Celtics having locked in the No. 4 seed and resting most of their key players as a result, Yabusele should have the opportunity to play significant minutes in the regular season finale.
News: Theis (foot) will be available for Tuesday's game against Washington.
Impact: The Celtics will be severely shorthanded Tuesday with a number of regular resting, so Theis could be set for big minutes in the absence of Aron Baynes (ankle), Marcus Morris (knee) and Al Horford (knee).
News: Brown (back) will be available for Tuesday's game against Washington.
Impact: Brown has been slowed by a sore back for the last week, but he was able to play in Sunday's loss to Orlando, and he'll be on the floor Tuesday as the Celtics wrap the regular season. With a number of other regulars sitting out, Brown will have a chance at extended minutes.
News: Gibson signed a contract with the Celtics on Tuesday.
Impact: Gibson will take over the final open spot on the Celtics' roster as the regular season draws to a close. Gibson last appeared in the NBA at the end of last season, when he, much like this year, signed with Boston for the last few games of the regular season. With the Celtics already having locked up the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, Gibson may get some minutes Tuesday night in Washington should the team rest some of their players.
News: Morris (knee) won't play Tuesday against Washington, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Although the Celtics claim Morris is dealing with a right knee issue, the injury is likely very minor. Boston is resting most of their key players Tuesday in an effort to stay fresh for the postseason.
News: Theis is questionable for Tuesday's game against Washington due to right foot soreness, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Theis evidently picked up the injury in Boston's previous matchup Sunday against Orlando. If he is cleared to play, he should have an opportunity for extended minutes given the Celtics' lengthy injury report.
News: Hayward will sit out of Tuesday's game against Washington due to left ankle soreness, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: The Celtics are giving the majority of their rotation players the night off in the final regular-season matchup, so there's very little concern about Hayward's ankle at this point. He's expected to be ready to go for the first game of the postseason this weekend.
News: Yabusele (foot) is probable for Tuesday's game against the Wizards, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Yabusele failed to see any action after being tagged as questionable for Sunday's matchup, but he appears to have a better chance to play Tuesday in Boston's final regular-season contest. Assuming he ultimately gains clearance, he should have an opportunity for big minutes with most of the Celtics' key rotation players sitting out.
News: Brown (back) is probable for Tuesday's game against the Wizards, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Brown logged 26 minutes and scored 13 points in Sunday's matchup with Orlando, so his back didn't appear to be an issue. He's likely been added to the injury list simply as a precaution and should be one of the few Boston rotation players who actually take the court Tuesday.
News: Smart (oblique) won't play Tuesday against Washington, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Smart will be sidelined for the last game of the regular season while the Celtics continue to monitor his oblique injury. Though Boston's injury list is lengthy for Tuesday evening, Smart's injury may be the only one worth worrying about heading into the postseason.
News: Horford won't play Tuesday against the Wizards due to left knee soreness, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: The Celtics will be without their enter starting five in the final regular-season game, likely in an effort to gain rest for their key guys. Horford should be ready to roll for the first game of the postseason.
News: Tatum (lower leg) won't play Tuesday against Washington, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Tatum left Sunday night's game after suffering a shin bruise, so the Celtics are likely holding him out as a precaution with just one matchup remaining in the regular season.
News: Baynes will be held out of Tuesday's game against the Wizards due to left ankle soreness, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Baynes appears to be nursing a minor injury, but the Celtics are likely more concerned with resting their key rotation players with the postseason set to begin over the weekend.
News: Irving has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Washington due to a right knee contusion, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Irving's injury doesn't appear to be serious, as the Celtics are likely taking it easy with their star point guard with the playoffs on the horizon. He's expected to be ready to go for the first contest of the postseason this weekend.
News: Smart has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against Orlando due to a strained oblique, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Initial reports indicated that Smart had suffered a bruised hip, but further evaluation has discovered an injury that's far more serious. The Celtics will continue to keep an eye on Smart over the next 24-to-48 hours to determine the extent of the issue, per Wojnarowski, but at this point, there's a real possibility that he could miss time in the playoffs while on the mend.
News: Smart won't return to Sunday's game against Orlando due to a left hip contusion, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Smart will join Jayson Tatum (lower leg) on the bench, who also left Sunday's clash due to injury. Smart's injury doesn't appear to be serious, although the Celtics will shut him down with home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs already locked up.
News: Tatum won't return to Sunday's game against Orlando due to a left shin contusion, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Tatum limped off the court in the first quarter and immediately headed to the locker room for further evaluation. Although he appears to have avoided a significant injury, the Celtics will hold him out, likely as a precaution.
News: Rozier (illness) is available for Sunday's game against Orlando, A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston reports. Rozier will face an unspecified minutes restriction.
Impact: Rozier played just seven minutes Friday due to illness and went back to the locker room to receive an IV at the half, but he feels well enough to take the court Sunday. He'll return to his role as the backup point guard and should be slated for his usual workload.
News: Horford (knee) will be available Sunday against Orlando.
Impact: Horford has been nursing a sore knee for the last several weeks, but he's only missed three games in that span, and he'll be on the floor for the fourth consecutive contest Sunday. Horford played 27 minutes in Friday's win over Indiana, finishing with 11 points and seven rebounds.
News: Brown will be available to play Sunday against the Magic, Jay King of The Athletic reports. He'll face an unspecified minutes restriction.
Impact: Earlier in the weekend, it sounded as though Brown would miss a fourth straight game, but he's apparently made significant progress in the last 24 hours and will be held to a minutes limit off the bench, per John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.