Boston Celtics Player News: All Positions

News: Hayward won't return to Wednesday's game against the Pacers after taking a hit to his nose.
Impact: Hayward was struck in the face during the fourth quarter and quickly made his way to the locker room. The 29-year-old had nine points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound and three assists in 25 minutes prior to the injury. Hayward won't have much time to recover with the second half of the back-to-back Thursday against the 76ers.
News: Smart (eye) will remain out Wednesday against Indiana, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A left eye infection will prevent Smart from taking the court Wednesday which will be his second consecutive absence. Javonte Green and Brad Wanamaker could likely see increased run with Smart out against the Pacers.
News: Langford (ankle) has been cleared to play Wednesday against Indiana.
Impact: Langford was initially ruled out of Wednesday's game, but he apparently made more progress than expected and should be available off the bench should coach Brad Stevens call his number Wednesday. The first-round pick out of Indiana has made just one appearance this season with the Celtics, playing less than a minute in that outing.
News: Smart (eye) remains questionable for Wednesday's game against Indiana.
Impact: Smart is still battling the left eye infection that kept him out of Monday's win over Cleveland, and he did not attend shootaround, instead staying back at the team hotel to rest. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Celtics take the decision down close to game time.
News: Langford (ankle) won't be available for Wednesday's game against Indiana.
Impact: Langford is reportedly closing in on a return to action following an ankle injury, but the team has yet to deem him available for action. He'll continue to be considered day-to-day moving forward after participating in Monday morning's shootaround, with his next opportunity to return coming Thursday against the 76ers.
News: Williams (hip) won't play Wednesday against Indiana, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Williams was held out of Monday's matchup due to a left hip injury, and he'll miss at least one more game while on the mend. His next chance to return will come Thursday against the 76ers.
News: Smart (eye) is questionable for Wednesday's game against Indiana, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Smart missed Monday's matchup against the Cavaliers due to an eye infection, and his status remains up in the air for Wednesday's game. The Celtics will have a better idea on his availability closer to tipoff.
News: Wanamaker managed three points (1-6 FG, 1-2 FT) and three assists in 22 minutes during Monday's 110-88 win over the Cavaliers.
Impact: Wanamaker saw decent minutes in the blowout, as only two Celtics (Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum) earned at least 30 minutes. Despite the subpar line, Wanamaker has been efficient as the team's backup point guard. Nevertheless, he's best reserved for use in deeper formats as long as Kemba Walker is healthy.
News: Walker pitched in 22 points (8-13 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven assists, two rebounds and one block in 29 minutes during Monday's 110-88 win over the Cavaliers.
Impact: Walker was extremely efficient offensively while draining at least five threes for the seventh time through 21 appearances. He has also handed out at least seven helpers in three of the last four games, this after doing so just twice through his first 17 contests this season.
News: Tatum tallied 19 points (7-14 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 30 minutes during Monday's 110-88 win over the Cavaliers.
Impact: Tatum supplied his third double-double through 22 appearances this season, and he's on pace to easily surpass last year's total (eight). Meanwhile, Tatum has splashed at least four threes in four of the last five games, plus he has combined for seven blocks across the last four and 10 steals across the last five.
News: Brown generated 20 points (9-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 32 minutes in Monday's 110-88 home win over Cleveland.
Impact: The Celtics led this game from start to finish, with Brown, Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum displaying their superior talent over a struggling Cavalier squad. The absence of Marcus Smart (eye) didn't hamper Boston one bit as Gordon Hayward (hand) returned from a 13-game absence. Brown is averaging 20 points per game through 19 games, by far a career high for the 6-foot-7 wing. He's also enjoying career highs in rebounds, assists, steals and made threes per game, as well as both field goal and free throw percentage. Talk of Brown being overpaid has quickly subsided.
News: Hayward (hand) delivered 14 points (7-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt), five rebounds, four assists and one steal across 26 minutes in Monday's 110-88 home win over the Cavaliers.
Impact: This was Hayward's first game back since missing 13 games due to a fractured right hand. Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown were the true leaders for Boston, but Hayward looked awfully smooth. He hit some pretty spot up jumpers, worked some excellent give-and-gos and didn't shy away from contact. Most encouragingly, he didn't enter the contest with a minutes cap, though the blowout nature of the game meant that he wasn't asked to play extensively. Hayward will face stiffer competition Wednesday at Indiana.
News: Hayward (hand) will start and won't have a minute restriction Monday against the Cavaliers, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hayward will make his return to action after a 13-game absence due to a fractured right hand. The plan is for the veteran to hit the ground running, and the Celtics hope he'll pick up where he left off before the injury, when he was averaging 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 31.1 minutes per contest.
News: Hayward (hand) will play Monday against the Cavaliers, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hayward has been cleared to return after missing the past 13 games due to a fractured left hand. Prior to getting injured, the 29-year-old was averaging 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists across 31.1 minutes per game. Hayward could immediately rejoin the starting lineup Monday with Marcus Smart (eye) unavailable; either way, the Celtics will likely keep an eye on his workload as the look to ease him back into action.
News: Smart (eye) has been ruled out for Monday's game against Cleveland, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Smart will be held out of this one due to an eye infection. With Gordon Hayward cleared to return, Jaylen Brown could shift over to shooting guard and start in Smart's place.
News: Langford (ankle) is listed as out for Monday's game against the Cavaliers but participated in the Celtics' morning shootaround, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Coach Brad Stevens said after the morning workout that he expects Langford to be cleared for full activity "pretty soon," indicating the rookie is nearing the day-to-day phase of his recovery from a right ankle sprain. Langford has made just one one-minute appearance for Boston this season and may end up seeing the majority of his action in the G League once healthy.
News: Hayward (hand) went through the Celtics' morning walkthrough and is expected to play in Monday's game against Cleveland, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Barring no setbacks with his surgically repaired left hand leading up to the 7:30 p.m. tipoff, Hayward looks poised to put an end to his 13-game layoff. Hayward had started in the Celtics' first eight games and averaged 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 31.3 minutes per game, but coach Brad Stevens could elect to ease him back into the rotation in a bench role Monday.
News: Smart is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Cavaliers due to an eye infection, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: It's unclear when the issue developed, but Smart's availability is now in question as the Celtics prepare to take on one of the bottom-dwellers in the Eastern Conference. Smart missed a game last week due to an oblique injury but he returned for Friday's win over Denver, which he finished with nine points, two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes.
News: Williams (hip) was downgraded to out for Monday's game versus the Cavaliers.
Impact: Williams was originally considered doubtful to play Monday, but he won't end up having a chance to suit up due to the sore left hip. Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter should split the bulk of the work in the paint for the Celtics.
News: Hayward (hand) is officially considered questionable for Monday's game against Cleveland, Marc D'Amico of the Celtics' official site reports.
Impact: Hayward participated at practice Sunday and didn't rule out the possibility of playing versus the Cavaliers, and the team apparently feels similarly about his status for Monday. The 29-year-old has been sidelined since Nov. 9 when he fractured his left hand and may see limited minutes upon his return, but the Celtics haven't revealed any specific plans for when he retakes the court.
News: Hayward (hand) took part in practice Sunday and has yet to be ruled out for Monday's game against the Cavaliers, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Coach Brad Stevens didn't provide any specifics for Hayward's return but said "he'll be back sooner than later," per Jay King of The Athletic. The 29-year-old was originally looking at a return from the left hand fracture around Christmas, but it now appears he could retake the court in the near future. Hayward didn't rule out the possibility of playing against Cleveland but will have to see how he feels Monday, according to King.
News: Williams missed Sunday's practice due to a sore hip and has been designated as doubtful for Monday's tilt with the Cavaliers, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Williams appears to have suffered the injury at some point after Friday's game against Denver. The severity of the issue is unknown at this point, as is any timetable for Williams' return. If he's held out Monday, look for Enes Kanter to pick up some extra minutes.
News: Smart had nine points (4-5 FG, 1-1 3PT), two rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 28 minutes during Friday's 108-95 win over the Nuggets.
Impact: Smart returned from a one-game absence, and while he looked accurate from the field, the main positive aspect is that he was able to miss just one game. He should be able to resume his regular workload Monday against the Cavaliers.
News: Walker had 19 points (8-16 FG, 3-8 3PT), three assists, two rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes during Friday's 108-95 win over the Nuggets.
Impact: Walker was able to fill the stat sheet admirably, and now he has scored 15-plus points in each of his last five outings. Since returning from a neck problem five games ago, the All-Star point guard has averaged 23.8 points, 6.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 41.3 from deep.
News: Theis had seven points (3-4 FG, 1-1 3PT), two assists, one rebound and one block in 15 minutes during Friday's 108-95 win over the Nuggets.
Impact: Theis has scored in double digits just twice over Boston's last 12 games, and he has had two DNP designations over that span. He has been starting on a regular basis and that should give him a low-end upside, but he simply does not produce enough on a nightly basis to be a relevant fantasy asset.
News: Brown generated 21 points (8-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and two assists over 33 minutes in Friday's 108-95 home win over the Nuggets.
Impact: Brown lead the C's in minutes played during what was their ninth straight home win. Brown's accuracy early from behind the arc enabled Boston to never trail in this one. The Nuggets were playing in the second road game of back-to-back and it showed. Brown and his teammates took advantage with a 33 point first quarter and never looked back. The 23-year-old wing continues to shine without Gordon Hayward in the lineup. With news that Hayward might return earlier than expected, it will be interesting to see how Brown and Hayward mesh when they are both fighting for shots. The Celtics hope to improve their 9-0 record at home on Monday versus the Cavs.
News: Tatum delivered 26 points (10-19 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and one steal across 30 minutes in Friday's 108-95 home win over the Nuggets.
Impact: Tatum led Boston in scoring during a game in which it never trailed. The forward hit some fairly unstoppable step-back threes. He's now scored 20 or more points in 13 of 21 games. The Celtics are now undefeated (9-0) at home. Kemba Walker must be relieved to have a teammate like Tatum, knowing that Tatum can carry the scoring load and lead the team to victory. Tatum and his Celtic teammates will look to keep the home streak alive Monday versus Cleveland.
News: Hayward (hand) is on track to practice with the rest of the team Sunday, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hayward has been cleared to take part in some non-contact portions of practice to this point, but he'll take another big step forward if he's indeed cleared to run the floor with the rest of his squad. Head coach Brad Stevens added earlier in the day that Hayward is on track to return to game action prior to Christmas Day.
News: Smart (oblique) has been cleared to play and will start Friday against Denver, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Smart was held out of Wednesday's contest due to illness and an oblique injury, but the training staff has cleared the guard for Friday's action. He'll look to bounce back after being held scoreless in 20 minutes Sunday against the Knicks.
News: Edwards produced five points (1-3 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), an assist and a steal in Wednesday's 112-93 victory against the Heat.
Impact: The 21-year-old can thank Tyler Herro for most of his stat line. Edwards forced a turnover from the Miami rookie and immediately assisted a Brad Wanamaker three for his only steal and assist. His only field goal came from a lapse in Herro's concentration that allowed teammate Kemba Walker to find the Purdue product for an open three. Apart from that, the 6-foot-1 guard was largely unimpressive and will likely continue to serve a limited role in what has been a dominant Celtics team to start the 2019-20 season.
News: Coach Brad Stevens said it's likely Hayward (hand) returns before the Christmas Day game against the Raptors, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Hayward has been sidelined since Nov. 9 with a fractured left hand, but his participation in some live action at practice this weekend puts him slightly ahead of the initial recovery timeline. The Celtics have games Dec. 20 and 22 the weekend before Christmas, but a specific return date is unlikely to come into focus until the 29-year-old further ramps up his practice activity.
News: Smart (oblique) is expected to play Friday against the Nuggets, according to Brad Stevens, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After having one of the worst performances of his career in which he finished with zero points in 20 minutes on Sunday, Smart was forced to miss Wednesday's contest, but it looks like that will be the only game his injury forces him to miss. Considering the guard averages less than 10 points per game in his career, the fact that before Wednesday's contest he had recorded at least 10 points in 10 of his last 11 games is an encouraging sign that we could see him be more of a scorer this season.
News: Smart (illness/oblique) is questionable for Friday's game against the Nuggets.
Impact: Smart missed Monday's game due to an oblique injury and an illness, though it sounds like he could return after a one-game absence, as coach Brad Stevens hinted at Wednesday. The Celtics will likely wait and see how Smart feels closer to tip-off before determining his availability.
News: Hayward (hand) is expected to practice with the Celtics this weekend, The Boston Globe reports. "I don't want to get ahead of myself and get too excited about it, but I think he's progressing really well," general manager Danny Ainge said Thursday.
Impact: A broken left hand has kept Hayward out since Nov. 11. All signs are pointing to his recovery going well, and a return date around Christmastime appears to be a reasonable target. A more precise timetable may be provided after he goes through a few practices with the team.
News: Williams scored three points (1-3 FG, 1-2 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, a steal and a block in 19 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 112-93 win over the Heat.
Impact: It's the first time this season Williams has recorded double-digit boards. The second-year center's court time is still erratic -- this was only the third time in the last dozen games he saw significantly more run than Enes Kanter -- but he's making an impact defensively when he gets a chance, averaging 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks over the last eight contests despite seeing just 13.9 minutes a night. If Williams can climb over Kanter and Daniel Theis on the depth chart as the season progresses, he could have some intriguing fantasy value.
News: Tatum scored 19 points (6-20 FG, 2-12 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 112-93 win over the Heat.
Impact: While he wasn't sharp from beyond the arc, Tatum still delivered another strong all-around performance. The third-year forward has scored at least 16 points in eight straight games, averaging 22.9 points, 6.8 boards, 3.4 assists, 2.4 threes, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks over that stretch as he steams toward a career-best campaign.
News: Walker produced 28 points (9-17 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 112-93 home win over the Heat.
Impact: The Celtics are now 13-0 this season when Walker scores 19 or more points. They are also undefeated at home. Walker's impressive stat lines are becoming common place. He's so smooth, one doesn't always appreciate his remarkable production. Walker has now scored 20 or more points in 11 of his 19 games with the C's. And he's had 8-of-19 games with four or more made three pointers. The absence of both Marcus Smart (illness and oblique) and Gordon Hayward (hand) has Boston leaning even more on Kemba and Jayson Tatum. The Celtics hope to keep things rolling Friday at home versus the Nuggets.
News: Brown exploded for 31 points (10-20 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 6-8 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal across 34 minutes in Wednesday's 112-93 home win over Miami.
Impact: The Heat kept blitzing defenders at Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum, leaving some nice open looks for Jaylen Brown when Boston made the extra pass. That said, Brown showed confidence with his shot and was efficient from the field. Brown's 31 points were a season high. Miami, who was playing their second road game of a back-to-back, ran out of gas in the second quarter after a hot start. With Gordon Hayward (hand) not expected to return until Christmas or later, there are extra minutes and shots available for Brown. Brown and the C's hope to keep things rolling Friday at home versus the Nuggets.
News: Williams is starting Wednesday against the Heat, Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: With Marcus Smart (oblique/illness) unavailable, Williams will join Boston's starting five for the first time all season. When seeing at least 20 minutes this season, the rookie is averaging 5.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
News: Coach Brad Stevens implied Wednesday that Smart (illness/oblique) is not expected to miss extended time.
Impact: While Smart sustained an oblique injury over the weekend, Stevens emphasized that his absence from Wednesday's game against the Heat is due to an illness more so than the oblique. As such, if Smart is feeling better later in the week, it seems realistic that he could return to action as soon as Friday against Denver.
News: Smart (illness/oblique) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Heat, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: After initially being labeled as doubtful for Wednesday's tilt, it does not come as much of a surprise that Smart will not play. The guard was reportedly held out of Tuesday's practice due to illness, but it's also worth noting that he suffered an oblique injury during Sunday's win against the Knicks, which may have contributed to him being held out of practice. Look for Brad Wanamaker and Javonte Green to fill Smart's vacated minutes.
News: Hayward (hand) received a good report from the doctor Monday and participated in both non-contact and contact drills during Tuesday's practice, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.
Impact: Hayward has been sidelined since Nov. 9 after undergoing surgery on his left hand, but he's been making good progress of late. "It's sore," stated Hayward after practice. "It's something I have to work through." The Celtics are unlikely to rush one of their key players back into action, so there's a good chance he'll remain out for at least another few weeks while building up strength in his surgically repaired hand.
News: Smart (oblique) was held out of Tuesday's practice and is considered doubtful for Wednesday's game against Miami, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Smart was reportedly held out of Tuesday's session due to illness, though King also added that the guard is still sore after suffering an oblique injury Sunday against the Knicks. With Smart likely out Wednesday, look for Javonte Green or Brad Wanamaker to draw the start at shooting guard.
News: Smart will be evaluated Monday after exiting Sunday's 113-104 win over the Knicks with a left oblique injury, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports. He finished with zero points (0-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt) and three boards in 20 minutes before departing.
Impact: Smart left the contest after absorbing a hit from Kevin Knox on a drive to the basket, but after the game he downplayed the injury, suggesting the issue isn't a major concern. The good news for the Celtics is that they have a pair of off days Monday and Tuesday, but given that Smart was already banged up heading into Sunday's game, it wouldn't be a surprise if he's given a night off Wednesday against Miami.
News: Tatum put up 30 points (10-23 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 5-6 FT), seven assists, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 37 minutes Sunday in the Celtics' 113-104 win over the Knicks.
Impact: Though Tatum's field-goal percentage has fallen off for the third straight season, the 21-year-old forward has at least compensated for the downturn in efficiency by increasing his output in the counting categories. After tying his season high in scoring Sunday, Tatum is now averaging career-best marks in points (21.1), rebounds (7.1), assists (2.7), three-pointers (2.4) and steals (1.5). Tatum shouldn't have trouble maintaining those numbers for at least the next handful of contests, though his 26.7 percent usage rate could take a slight hit once Gordon Hayward (hand) is ready to return, likely later this month.
News: Smart (abdomen) will not return to Sunday's game against New York, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Smart exited the game after taking a hit from Kevin Knox on a drive to the hoop. The Celtics say Smart sustained a "direct blow to the abdomen," and he won't return to the contest. Given how banged up Smart has been in recent days, he should be considered very much questionable for Wednesday's game against Miami.
News: Smart departed Sunday's game against the Knicks after attempting to draw a charge on Kevin Knox, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
Impact: Smart took contact to the chest area on a drive by Knox, and he appeared to be favoring his left side after falling to the floor. Smart remained down for a few moments before he returned to his feet and was helped to the locker room. It's unclear if he'll return to the game, but given his Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Celtics opt to play if safe.
News: There will be an update on Hayward's (hand) status Monday following a consultation with his doctor, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Hayward has begun shooting again and was able to participate in 5-on-0 practice Saturday. We'll learn more about an updated timetable for his return after he speaks with his doctor.
News: Kanter posted 10 points (5-10 FG), six rebounds, one assist and a block in 21 minutes during the Celtics' 112-107 loss to the Nets on Friday.
Impact: Daniel Theis had a collision earlier in the game, and although he wasn't ruled out, that was seemingly enough for the Celtics not to go back to him. The minutes split between Theis and Kanter result in a pretty inconsistent timeshare. It's tough to trust either of them for fantasy production at this point in the season. They are trade candidates if the Celtics look to bundle assets for a stud closer to the deadline.
News: Theis chipped in two points (1-3 FG) and three boards, playing just seven minutes in Boston's Friday afternoon 112-107 loss to the Nets.
Impact: Theis started, but banged his knee and got subbed out. He was on the bench and seemingly able to reenter the game, but might have been too hobbled to play effectively. The minutes were spread throughout the Boston bench in his absence. His status should be monitored in advance of the Celtics' next game on Sunday versus the Knicks.
News: Tatum scored 26 points (10-19 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while tacking on nine rebounds and four steals in 37 minutes during the Celtics' 112-107 loss to the Nets on Friday
Impact: Tatum led the Celtics in points, minutes, rebounds, steals and turnovers. While turnovers were far from ideal, they are symbolic of how often Tatum had the ball in his hands throughout the contest. He had been inefficient over his past few games, making this performance a welcome sight for fantasy owners.
News: Walker contributed 17 points (6-19 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six assists and five rebounds over 32 minutes as the Celtics lost to the Nets on Wednesday 112-107.
Impact: After dropping 39 points against the Nets on Wednesday, Walker was much quieter this time around. Most of his woes came from long range, which is a far cry from his 41.3 percent average on threes for the season. Also, despite the small sample size, it may be worth noting that Walker is averaging 30 points when Boston is at home versus only 17.6 when they are on the road.
News: Smart added 15 points (4-13 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT), two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 33 minutes during the Celtics' 112-107 Friday afternoon loss to the Nets.
Impact: Smart finished with five fouls which may have limited his aggressiveness in the second half. Still, it was a rough night for Smart as he failed to make up for his poor shooting in other categories. The Celtics were sluggish as a team so this outing should have little bearing on Smart's fantasy outlook.
News: Brown totaled eight points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-1 FT), six rebounds, two steals and an assist in 34 minutes during the Celtic's 112-107 defeat against the Nets on Friday.
Impact: Brown made half his looks but took just eight shots. With the Celtics trailing for almost the entirety of the game and Brown coming off a strong performance on Wednesday, it was surprising to see this little production. The eight points matched a season-low in scoring. The Knicks await as a good candidate for a bounce-back game on Sunday.
News: Theis scored 14 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while tacking on eight rebounds, two blocks and an assist in 25 minutes on Wednesday night during the Celtics' 121-110 win against the Nets.
Impact: He had missed Monday's game and had even been ruled out for Wednesday prior to having a productive shootaround Wednesday morning. The improvement throughout the day Wednesday led to Theis returning to his starting role. The scoring matched his season-best total. Enes Kanter will likely continue to have a decently sized role coming off the bench but coach Brad Stevens has made it known that Theis is the preferred option at center thus far.
News: Brown racked up 22 points (9-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with 10 rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block during the Celtics' 121-110 victory over the Nets on Wednesday night.
Impact: Brown was efficient and contributed across the board in the win. The effort helped move the Celtics to 7-0 at home. After averaging 13 points per game last season, that number has spiked to 19.2 through 13 games. It will be worth monitoring whether his stats regress upon the return of Gordon Hayward (hand) sometime in the next month.
News: Tatum had 16 points (5-17 FG, 0-4 3PT, 6-6 FG), nine rebounds, five assists and a steal, playing 35 minutes in the Celtics' 121-110 win versus the Nets on Wednesday.
Impact: Tatum has now missed his last 12 three-point attempts. Despite the mini-slump, he has continued to blossom, jumping to over 18 shots and 20 points per game in his third season. The Celtics have a lot of mouths to feed on offense, but Tatum has one of the highest floors as well as ceilings given his involvement. He has been a top-10 fantasy contributor at the power forward position and should remain in that range.
News: Smart contributed 10 points (3-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists and four rebounds in 36 minutes during the Celtics' 121-110 victory over the Nets on Wednesday.
Impact: He had been handling some point guard duties in the brief absence of Kemba Walker (neck), however the latter's return puts a lower ceiling on Smart's usage. He will never be the center of the offense, but he's a streaky shooter with upside who is capable of stuffing the stat sheet. Smart also happened to grab a broom and dislodge the ball from the top of the backboard for the second straight game, so he truly does do a little bit of everything for the Celtics. He'll remain a vital component of their backcourt.
News: Ojeleye provided three points (1-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and a block while playing 22 minutes in the Boston's 121-110 win over the Nets on Wednesday.
Impact: He got the start Monday as Kemba Walker was recovering from his neck injury, but Walker's return sent Ojeleye back to his bench role. He had some open looks and simply failed to knock them down. Ojeleye did have a blocking foul overturned to a drawn charge after coach Brad Stevens challenged the play. That is symbolic of the defense-first role Ojeleye plays for the Celtics. Even with Gordon Hayward (hand) out, it will take further injury woes for Ojeleye to consistently appear on fantasy radars.
News: Walker scored 39 points (13-24 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 7-7 FT) and added six rebounds, four assists and a steal in 31 minutes Wednesday night during the Celtics' 121-110 victory over the Nets.
Impact: Kyrie who? It was supposed to be Kyrie Irving's return to Boston for the first time since his departure in free agency, however he instead sat out for the seventh straight game with a shoulder injury. Regardless, Walker stole the show --- having arguably his best game as a Celtic. The 39 points were a season-high and he looked fresh coming back from the neck injury. He is now averaging 21.1 points per game this season.
News: Smart (hand) doesn't appear on the Celtics' injury report for Wednesday's game against the Nets.
Impact: Smart jammed a knuckle in Monday's 103-102 win over the Kings, but the Celtics apparently don't view it as a concern heading into Wednesday's contest. After shifting over to point guard and recording 17 points, seven assists, five steals, three rebounds and one block in 37 minutes Monday, Smart will shift over to an off-ball role with Kemba Walker (neck) cleared to return from a one-game absence.
News: Walker (neck) will play Wednesday against the Nets, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: It seemed like Walker could be in for an extended absence after a scary neck injury that occurred against the Nuggets, but he'll end up just missing one contest. With Walker returning to the starting five, Semi Ojeleye is expected to head back to the bench.
News: Despite being previously ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Nets, Theis (illness) is now expected to play after going through morning shootaround, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: An illness prevented Theis from playing Monday, but it will end up being just a one-game absence. Across his past five appearances, Theis has averaged 7.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 24.2 minutes.
News: Theis (illness) is out for Wednesday's game against Brooklyn.
Impact: Theis was initially handed a questionable tag, but the team has since downgraded him to out. Enes Kanter and Robert Williams will continue to benefit as a result.
News: Theis (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's matchup against the Nets, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Theis missed Monday's win over the Kings due to an illness, but he may be able to return Wednesday. More information on his status may emerge following morning shootaround.
News: Walker (neck) is expected to play Wednesday against Brooklyn, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Walker was held out of Monday's game against the Kings as a precaution, though he appears on track to return in time for Wednesday's matchup, meaning he'd miss just one game after being stretchered off the court Friday night. The Celtics evidently liked what they saw out of their star point guard during Tuesday's practice, though he'll need to prove his health during morning shootaround and likely pregame warmups before officially being cleared.
News: Waters delivered seven points (2-7 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, two rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 20 minutes in Monday's 103-102 home win over the Kings.
Impact: Waters was called up from the Maine Red Claws to help fill the void left by an injured Kemba Walker (neck). By all accounts, Waters exceeded expectations with 20 quality minutes off the bench. Most impressive might be the defensive stats from the 5-foot-11 point guard, which led to a plus-minus rating of plus-20. With Walker questionable for Wednesday's matchup, it's not clear how long Waters might stay with the parent club. Considering fellow rookie Carsen Edwards is shooting 34 percent from the field, it might be Edwards who eventually joins the Red Claws, not Waters.
News: Williams recorded just one rebound in five minutes during Monday's 103-102 victory over Sacramento.
Impact: Williams was basically out of the rotation Monday, continuing his roller-coaster of a season. He has had moments of value mixed with periods of bench-warming across the first 16 games. It appears as though he is going to be used sporadically, as determined by the individual matchup. He is not a player to target outside of deeper formats.
News: Wanamaker managed just three points (0-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four assists and one rebound in 21 minutes during Monday's 103-102 victory over Sacramento.
Impact: Wanamaker had been a hot pickup in many leagues with Kemba Walker (neck) ruled out. However, it was not a good night as Wanamaker missed all eight of his shot attempts. He has been a sneaky source of points, assists and threes over the past week and this was simply an off-night. He is by no means a must-roster player but could still be picked up in deeper formats to see if he can turn things around Wednesday.
News: Ojeleye had seven points, two rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes during Monday's 103-102 victory over the Kings.
Impact: Ojeleye moved into the starting lineup Monday as head coach Brad Stevens shuffled the rotation around with both Kemba Walker (neck) and Daniel Theis (illness) on the sidelines. Ojeleye saw a decent chunk of playing time but was unable to capitalize on the opportunity. Walker could return as soon as Wednesday, shifting Ojeleye back to the bench. He is a non-factor in all standard formats.
News: Kanter had 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes during Monday's 103-102 victory over the Kings.
Impact: With Daniel Theis (illness) given the night off, it was Kanter who stepped into the starting lineup. He finished the win just one rebound short of a double-double. He basically split the center minutes with Robert Williams and this is likely Kanter's high-point moving forward. Theis shouldn't be sidelined for any great length of time meaning Kanter's value could be very short-lived. Outside of name recognition alone, Kanter is not someone to target in 12-team formats.
News: Smart will be re-evaluated Tuesday after jamming his knuckle during Monday's game against Sacramento, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports. He finished with 17 points (7-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, five steals, three rebounds and a block in 37 minutes.
Impact: Smart noted after the game that the knuckle issue has been nagging him since the FIBA World Cup, and he got it compressed by the team training staff following Monday's clash. The Oklahoma State product is expected to have the issue examined again Tuesday at which point his availability for Wednesday's game against Brooklyn should become more clear.
News: Kanter is starting Monday against Sacramento, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Kanter will draw just his third start of the season after coming off the bench in each of the last five contests. He's averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 boards in his first two starts.
News: Ojeleye will draw the start at power forward for Monday's matchup with the Raptors, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The Celtics will be with starters Kemba Walker (concussion) and Daniel Theis (illness) which has opened up an opportunity for Ojeleye to enter the starting lineup.
News: Theis (illness) will not play Monday against the Kings, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Theis is dealing with an undisclosed illness and will miss at least one game as a result. Enes Kanter will likely start in place of Theis, while Robert Williams could also benefit from increased run.
News: Walker (neck) has been ruled out for Monday's game against Sacramento, Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Walker was listed as doubtful after suffering a neck injury during Friday's matchup, so it's unsurprising to see that he's been ruled out for Monday's clash. According to the Celtics' team doctor, he's already passed through concussion protocol, though he'll be held out of at least one contest as a precaution, per Jay King of The Athletic. The expectation is that he'll be back in practice Tuesday. With Walker out of action, look for Brad Wanamaker and Carsen Edwards to see an uptick in minutes at point guard.
News: Theis is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Kings due to an illness, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports.
Impact: Theis has been the steady starter at center for the past several weeks, so if he's unable to go Monday, it would be a fairly significant blow to a roster that's already banged-up. Over his last five games, Theis is averaging 7.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks in 24.2 minutes per contest.
News: Waters was recalled from the G League on Sunday, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The 21-year-old will join the Celtics for the first time this season after Kemba Walker suffered a neck sprain Friday. Waters has played well through five games for the Red Claws, averaging 20.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 31.6 minutes.
News: Walker (concussion) is doubtful to play Monday against Sacramento due to a neck sprain, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Walker was stretchered off the court Friday with a neck injury and was experiencing concussion-like symptoms, and he's now officially been diagnosed with a neck sprain. All in all it's a positive development for the 29-year-old, and the fact he wasn't immediately ruled out bodes well for his return to the court. Walker is likely an extreme longshot to face the Kings on Monday, but perhaps he could return Wednesday or Friday versus the Nets. Brad Wanamaker should see increased opportunities during his absence.
News: Edwards played seven minutes in Friday's 96-92 loss to the Nuggets, finishing with three points (1-4 FG, 1-4 3Pt) and one rebound.
Impact: After being dropped from the rotation in the Celtics' previous game Wednesday against the Clippers, Edwards got some run off the bench Friday, but it was likely more out of necessity than anything. Kemba Walker (concussion) was stretchered off the court in the first half following a collision with teammate Semi Ojeyele, and the veteran point guard could be at risk of missing Monday's game against the Kings and additional contests to follow. If that's the case, Brad Wanamaker would likely get the first crack at replacing Walker in the starting five, but Edwards and fellow rookie Javonte Green would likely be in line for minor roles on the second unit.
News: Walker (concussion) was released from a Denver-area hospital following Friday's 96-92 loss to the Nuggets and is scheduled to rejoin the Celtics in Boston.
Impact: Fortunately for the Celtics, Walker looks to have avoided a significant injury after he needed to be stretched off the floor Friday following a first-half collision with teammate Semi Ojeleye. While initial tests cleared Walker of any structural damage to his neck, he experienced concussion-like symptoms as a result of the collision and will likely enter the NBA's protocol for head injuries. Walker will be re-evaluated again Saturday, at which point the Celtics should reveal whether he has a chance at suiting up in the team's next game Monday versus Sacramento. Brad Wanamaker (14 points, four assists and two rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench) took advantage of Walker's early exit Friday and would likely be the top candidate to enter the starting five Monday if the veteran point guard can't go.
News: Smart had 15 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 3PT, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 32 minutes during Friday's 96-92 loss at Denver.
Impact: Smart has scored in double figures in seven of his last eight contests, although he has done it at a rather inefficient rate since he is making only 40.2 percent of his field goals -- and 35.9 percent of his threes -- over that span. However, he could be in line for a slight uptick on his usage if Kemba Walker is forced to miss some time due to injury going forward. Up next, Boston plays at home Monday against the Kings.
News: Wanamaker had 14 points (5-8 FG, 0-2 3PT, 4-4 FT), four assists and two rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench during Friday's 96-92 loss at Denver.
Impact: Wanamaker has reached double-digit scoring for the third straight game, and he might be in line for an uptick in playing time moving forward in the event Kemba Walker (concussion) is forced to miss additional time after being stretchered off the floor Friday. Boston will have two days off before returning to action Monday versus Sacramento, so expect clarity on Walker's status to arrive at some point over the weekend.
News: Brown had 22 points (6-15 FG, 4-7 3PT, 6-8 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 36 minutes during Friday's 96-92 loss at Denver.
Impact: Brown only accounted for his second double-double this season, but he has been extremely consistent with his scoring -- he has double-digit points in 10 of his last 11 outings and topped the 20-point mark in five of his last eight. With Kemba Walker doubtful for Monday's home matchup against Sacramento, Brown could gain a bit more responsibility on the offensive end of the court for another game or more.
News: Coach Brad Stevens said after Friday's 96-92 loss to the Nuggets that the initial scans and tests Walker (neck) underwent returned encouraging results.
Impact: Walker played 12 minutes and compiled zero points (0-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt), three assists, two steals and one rebound before departing in the first half after colliding with teammate Semi Ojeleye. The point guard was stretchered off the court and transported to a hospital, after which he was diagnosed with a concussion-like symptoms. Fortunately, Walker looks to have avoided any structural damage to his neck, leaving the head injury as the greater concern for the 29-year-old at this stage. Given the nature of the injury, Walker seems unlikely to be available for Monday's game against the Kings, but the Celtics are presumably viewing him as day-to-day at this time.
News: Walker is being taken to a local hospital with concussion-like symptoms.
Impact: The severity of Walker's injury remains unknown, though he's headed to the hospital for further evaluation. It doesn't appear as though he suffered a serious injury, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, but the team won't know more until further testing takes place.
News: Walker was taken off the court on a stretcher after suffering a neck injury during Friday's game against Denver, Kendra Andrews of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Walker appeared to run into his own teammate while attempting to snag a rebound, and he may have jammed his neck in the process. It's safe to assume he's done for the night, though the severity of the injury remains unclear at this time. Brad Wanamaker and Carsen Edwards will likely see more playing time the rest of the way Friday with Walker headed for further evaluation.
News: Coach Brad Stevens said Friday that Hayward (hand) has progressed in his recovery enough to begin shooting again, Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com reports.
Impact: Considering Hayward fractured his off hand, the expectation is that he shouldn't lose his shooting touch while recovering. In the meantime, Hayward will look to continue to keep his conditioning in check while he waits for the hand to heal. The forward is likely tracking toward a return in the second half of December.
News: Langford (ankle) is expected to miss a few more weeks, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Langford suffered a right ankle sprain in a G League game a week ago, and the injury will cost him at least a couple of weeks. A timetable for his return should come into focus as he nears full strength.
News: Walker eked out 15 points (4-17 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and six turnovers across 39 minutes in Wednesday's 107-104 overtime road loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Walker's six turnovers highlight the Clippers' impressive ability to generate suffocating defense. Tonight was the first in which the Clippers could play both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Add their defensive tenacity to the hyper-aggressive Patrick Beverly, and any opposing star point guard will struggle. Walker continued his trend of being cold in the first half and then heating up in the second. Boston now ends their four game road trip Friday in Denver.
News: Wanamaker compiled 14 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five assists, three rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 107-104 overtime loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Wanamaker continues to make a name for himself, reaching double-digits yet again. Decent scoring aside, Wanamaker is also adding peripheral stats while playing solid enough minutes on a nightly basis. He has established himself as the primary backup behind Kemba Walker and those in deeper formats should consider picking him up, at least until Gordon Hayward (hand) returns to the lineup.
News: Kanter managed just eight points, six rebounds and one steal in 12 minutes during Wednesday's 107-104 OT loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Kanter came off the bench Wednesday and saw just 12 minutes of playing time compared to Daniel Theis who managed 31 minutes. It has been a rapid fall from grace for Kanter who came into the season as the expected starting center. He was never expected to play more than about 24 minutes, however, the current trend has him playing fewer than 15. If you are holding him in standard leagues then the time has likely come for you to say your goodbyes.
News: Smart totaled 15 points (7-20 FG, 1-11 3Pt), eight assists, three rebounds and two steals in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 107-104 OT loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Smart didn't appear bothered by an ankle injury suffered during Monday's game, playing 40 minutes in the overtime loss. Smart was at his tenacious best on the defensive end, making a number of crucial plays down the stretch. The offensive end was a different story, however, as he went just 1-of-11 from the perimeter. He will be better than this on most nights and the peripheral numbers are always enough for him to hold value in all formats.
News: Tatum finished with 30 points (12-24 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in 41 minutes during Wednesday's 107-104 overtime loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Tatum led all scorers with 30 points as the Celtics pushed the Clippers all the way to overtime. Despite the loss, there were a lot of positives to takeaway for the Celtics, including the mature play of Tatum. He has been touted as a solid top-40 player across all formats with the only question being whether he could develop into a big-time scorer. This was obviously only one game; however, he was certainly the go-to guy for the Celtics and appeared to thrive with the ball in his hands.
News: Theis had eight points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 107-104 loss to the Clippers.
Impact: Theis had a productive night Wednesday and has basically cemented himself as the starting center moving forward. He has been the 121st ranked player so far this season despite playing just 23 minutes per night. Overtime was certainly a factor in this one but if he can scrape together at least 25 minutes on a nightly basis, he could flirt with top-100 numbers. He is not a must-roster player but is fine to consider if you need rebounds and blocks.
News: Smart won't have a minutes limit in Wednesday's game against the Clippers, Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com reports.
Impact: Smart won't have a minutes limit despite being listed as questionable heading into Wednesday's matchup due to a right ankle sprain. Given that he won't be limited, Smart should approach his season-long averages of 11.8 points, 4.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 threes, 1.2 steals and 31.5 minutes.
News: Smart (ankle) said he expects to play Wednesday against the Clippers, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Smart sprained his right ankle during Monday's win over the Suns, but he's apparently feeling better and won't miss any time because of the issue. Over his last five appearances, Smart is averaging 14.2 points, 5.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and a combined 2.0 blocks/steals in 34.2 minutes.
News: Smart (ankle) is listed as probable for Wednesday's contest against the Clippers.
Impact: Smart sprained his right ankle during Monday's game versus the Suns, and being listed as probable on the injury report is great sign regarding the availability in Wednesday's slate for the Oklahoma State product. If the Celtics ultimately elect to hold out their shooting guard though, Javonte Green may be in-line for a spot-start versus the Clippers.
News: Smart (ankle) will be re-evaluated Tuesday to determine a timeline for his return.
Impact: Smart suffered a sprained right ankle during Monday's matchup, though the injury doesn't appear to be overly serious at this point. After the game, coach Brad Stevens noted that Smart's ankle wasn't all that swollen, which is certainly positive news. The team should have a better idea of his availability moving forward following Tuesday's evaluation.
News: Wanamaker supplied 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), six assists, three steals and a rebound in 29 minutes during Monday's win over the Suns.
Impact: Wanamaker reached double-figures for the third time in his past five games while distributing a season-high six assists in a career-high 29 minutes. The 29-year-old saw extended minutes due to Marcus Smart exiting the game early with an ankle injury. If Smart's forced to miss time, Wanamaker appears to be first in line for an expanded role, as Javonte Green, who's currently listed as Smart's primary backup on the depth chart, was a healthy scratch.