Boston Celtics Player News: All Positions

News: Edwards agreed to terms Friday with the Celtics on a four-year, $4.5 million contract, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Edwards erupted for 25 points in Saturday's Las Vegas Summer League finale against the Grizzlies, marking his third 20-plus-point effort. The Purdue product was mightily impressive in the desert, demonstrating the scoring chops he flashed throughout his three-year college career. He'll compete with Brad Wanamaker for the backup point guard role behind Kemba Walker as the Celtics look to find a replacement for the departed Terry Rozier.
News: Waters produced eight points (4-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt), nine assists, two rebounds and a steal across 24 minutes in Thursday's 113-87 win over the Grizzlies in Las Vegas.
Impact: Waters enters a crowded depth chart with the Celtics, but the second-round pick should make the roster regardless. At only 5-11, the LSU product is only suitable as a point guard, and Marcus Smart should end up as the primary backup to Kemba Walker after the departure of Terry Rozier. As a result, Waters' impact is expected to be minimal this season, at least in the short term.
News: Williams recorded 16 points (7-9 FG, 2-3 FT), 16 rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot across 21 minutes during Thursday's 113 -87 win over the Grizzlies in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: As the Celtics roared to 4-0 in this blowout win, Williams kept rolling as well. The 21-year old showed some toughness by playing through a hip bruise, which should impress the Celtics brass as they attempt to construct a frontcourt lineup without Al Horford and Aron Baynes. Enes Kanter will be the likely starter this year, but Williams is making a case for a spot on the bench come October.
News: Strus (undisclosed) finished with 12 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds and three assists over 15 minutes in Tuesday's summer league matchup with Denver.
Impact: Strus was held out of Saturday's clash for unknown reasons, but he appears healthy and pieced together a solid bench performance Tuesday night. He was efficient with his shot selection and contributed across the board in a 95-82 victory.
News: Waters netted 12 points (4-11 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five assists, one rebound and two steals across 25 minutes during the Celtics' 95-82 win over the Nuggets in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: The 2019 second-round pick was solid while working with the first unit, even as he continued to scuffle somewhat with his shot. Waters is now averaging 10.7 points (on 36.0 percent shooting), 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals across 21.7 minutes over three games in Las Vegas as he looks to make a case for strong consideration for a reserve backcourt role in the coming campaign.
News: Edwards tallied 23 points (8-12 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 24 minutes during the Celtics' 95-82 win over the Nuggets in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: The 2019 second-round pick's play in the desert has been quite the revelation thus far, as he'd already come into Wednesday's game with averages of 17.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 2.0 steals over his first pair of contests. Edwards' efficiency has especially been a sight to behold, particularly encouraging after he only drained 41.2 percent of his attempts over three college seasons at Purdue.
News: Williams managed 16 points (6-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds, one assist and two steals across 29 minutes in the Celtics' 95-82 win over the Nuggets in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday.
Impact: The 2019 first-round pick was in fine form once again, with his scoring total pacing Boston's first unit. Williams also co-led the starters in rebounds, and both of his tallies Tuesday were his best over the first three games of summer league play.
News: Yabusele (finger) is expected to miss the rest of summer league play.
Impact: Yabusele was ruled out for Tuesday's game but will now face a more extended absence due to the pinkie injury on his left hand. It's currently unclear whether the 23-year-old's availability for training camp will be impacted.
News: Yabusele was ruled out for Tuesday's summer league game with a pinkie injury on his left hand.
Impact: The severity of the injury is not yet known, but Yabusele will be forced to miss at least one summer league contest due to the issue.
News: Williams won't play in Tuesday's summer league game due to a right hip bruise.
Impact: Williams had nine points and nine rebounds in Saturday's contest, so it appears to be a recent injury. It's unclear when the 21-year-old is expected to return to the court.
News: Williams posted nine points (4-9 FG, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks in 19 minutes during Saturday's 96-82 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Williams put together a solid showing and stat line, pitching in across every category while doing work on the defensive end. While the Celtics essentially swapped Al Horford and Aron Baynes for Enes Kanter this offseason, Williams will nevertheless need to prove himself to coach Brad Stevens.
News: Edwards chipped in 20 points (7-17 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three steals, and two rebounds in 28 minutes during Saturday's 96-82 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Edwards enjoyed an impressive debut performance, canning five triples and swiping three steals en route to a victory. The addition of fellow pint-sized point guard Kemba Walker likely means there will be fairly limited minutes for Edwards to make his mark as a rookie. Still, his ability to sink shots from deep beyond the arc combined with his hard-nosed style of play could allow him to crack the rotation, albeit in a limited role, almost right away.
News: Williams went for 12 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks in 19 minutes during Saturday's 96-82 win over the 76ers.
Impact: Williams was very impressive in his summer league debut, contributing across every category while showing touch from beyond the arc. The experienced power forward could carve out a considerable role for himself sooner rather than later given the team's drastic makeover this offseason, but Boston's overall depth may also make it tough for him to rack up steady counting stats as a rookie. Nevertheless, he'll look to continue improving and making his case for playing time as the summer league rolls on.
News: Strus is out for Saturday's summer league contest against the 76ers, Tom Westerholm of reports. He is expected to play Monday.
Impact: It's not clear what's holding out Strus, but it doesn't appear to be serious. He should be good to go for Monday's contest against the Cavaliers.
News: Wanamaker has signed a one-year deal with the Celtics, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Wanamaker, who joined the Celtics last season for his rookie campaign after six years in Europe, will remain with the team as a bench point guard option. Wanamaker saw relatively limited action last season, playing just 343 total minutes. However, with Terry Rozier off to Charlotte, it's possible Wanamaker will be able to carve out a slightly larger role.
News: Theis and the Celtics agreed to terms Tuesday on a two-year, $10 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: A restricted free agent, Theis will remain in Boston where he'll return to what's suddenly a crowded center rotation. Even after losing Al Horford to the Sixers and Aron Baynes to the Suns, Boston has five options -- Enes Kanter, Vincent Poirier, Robert Williams, Guerschon Yabusele, and Theis -- who could all compete for minutes. Given their experience, Kanter and Theis would appear to hold the upper hand.
News: Poirier agreed to a two-year contract with the Celtics on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Poirier is coming off a pair of seasons with Baskonia in Spain and is a traditional big man at 7-feet. He averaged 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 2018-19 and could provide Boston with some much-needed size and depth in the frontcourt should he make the final roster.
News: Walker agreed Sunday to a four-year, $141 million pact with the Celtics and will be acquired as part of a sign-and-trade with the Hornets, reports.
Impact: Any suspense surrounding Walker's free agency ended Saturday, when ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that he was en route to Boston to finalize an agreement. The sign-and-trade is an added wrinkle to the deal likely designed for salary-cap purposes, but both Walker and Rozier are expected to officially put pen to paper on new deals July 6, when the NBA's signing moratorium ends. The 29-year-old Walker will step in as Boston's new starting point guard after Kyrie Irving bolted for Brooklyn.
News: Kanter and the Celtics agreed to terms Monday on a two-year, $10 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kanter waited out the initial rush of signings and will now head to Boston, where he'll join a Celtics team rebuilding on the fly following the departures of Al Horford and Kyrie Irving. Kanter is far from a Horford-caliber defender, but he'll bring scoring and rebounding to the frontcourt and could be in position to open the season as the starter. Splitting last season between the Knicks and Blazers, Kanter finished with combined averages of 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
News: Rozier and the Hornets have agreed to terms on a three-year, $58 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The deal requires a sign-and-trade to complete, and while the details aren't yet clear, both Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker, who are reportedly headed to Brooklyn and Boston, respectively, could also be involved. If Rozier does ultimately land in Charlotte, he'd immediately step into the role vacated by Walker on what will likely be a high-lottery team. Of course, that would entail a rather drastic increase in Rozier's fantasy value after he spent much of last season struggling to find his niche on a deep Celtics team.
News: Rozier will have his rights renounced by Boston, making him an unrestricted free agent, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Rozier had a qualifying offer extended to him earlier in the day. But with the news that Kemba Walker is expected to sign with the Celtics, the team has ultimately decided to let Rozier walk. He should garner interested from several teams who are in need of a starting-caliber point guard.
News: Langford isn't expected to suit up for the Celtics' entry in the Las Vegas Summer League while recovering from the thumb surgery he required earlier in the spring, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Langford played through the thumb issue for much of his lone college season at Indiana, which may have contributed to him shooting just 27.2 percent from three-point range. The inefficiency from distance didn't prevent the Celtics from nabbing Langford with the No. 14 overall pick in the June 20 draft, even while the 6-foot-6 wing remained in the recovery process from surgery. Since he wasn't cleared for full contact when the Celtics began practicing for the summer league this weekend, Langford will likely be in observational mode off the bench when Boston begins its Las Vegas slate.
News: Irving will meet with the Nets on Sunday and it's expected the two sides will agree on a contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: After a drama-filled 2018-19 campaign with the Celtics, Irving is moving on to a different squad. Irving and the Nets have long been linked to each other. A six-time All-Star, Irving will look to continue pushing Brooklyn in the right direction, as the franchise made its first playoff appearance last season after three straight campaigns below 30 wins. The change of scenery shouldn't alter his usage drastically, though it's possible he sees a bump if the Nets don't add a second star. D'Angelo Russell is expected to move on to a different team as a result of Irving's signing.
News: Wanamaker was not extended a qualifying offer by the Celtics, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Wanamaker played a minimal role for the Celtics last season, racking up 343 total minutes. It seems unlikely Wanamaker will have a significant market in free agency, so it's possible he ends up in the G League next season.
News: Rozier was extended a qualifying offer by the Celtics on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Despite Boston being linked to Kemba Walker, the organization will still opt to extend Rozier a qualifying offer as a backup plan. Rozier was vocal last season about wanting a bigger role, and there may be teams out there willing to make him a starting point guard. Though his shooting efficiency leaves something to be desired, Rozier has shown solid passing and defensive upside.
News: Theis was extended a qualifying offer by the Celtics, making him a restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Theis has carved out a solid role in Boston's rotation over the past two years, acting as both a power forward or center depending on the situation. He showed significant improvement last season as a three-point shooter, and Theis even dropped two 20-point performances. Other teams may show interest in him to occupy a similar role.
News: The Celtics have fully guaranteed Ojeleye's contract for the 2019-20 season, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: As a second-round pick in 2017, Ojeleye's contract was non-guaranteed for next season if he was waived before July 1. Unsurprisingly, Boston will keep the forward around, and he could step into a larger role next season for what could be a depleted Celtics frontcourt.
News: Fall has agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics, Jonathan Givony of reports.
Impact: Fall, a 7-foot-6 prospect out of UCF, didn't hear his name called during the 2019 NBA Draft. However, the Celtics are interested to see what he's capable of at the pro level. Last season, Fall was voted onto the All-ACC team with averages of 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks across 24.9 minutes.
News: Strus has agreed to a two-way contract with the Celtics, Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated reports.
Impact: Strus, voted onto the 2018-19 All-Big East team, didn't get picked during the 2019 NBA Draft. Last season with DePaul, he averaged 20.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 37.4 minutes.
News: Waters was taken by the Celtics with the 51st overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: Waters makes up for his lack of size by having great pure point guard ability. Last season as a sophomore, Waters made the All-SEC team and was voted SEC Defensive Player of the Year by averaging 15.3 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.8 rebounds.
News: Williams was selected by the Celtics with the 22nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: Williams, a junior out of Tennessee, is a two-time SEC Player of the Year. In conference play last season, he averaged 18.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and a combined 2.4 steals/blocks. While he'll have to work on improving his outside shooting, the 6-foot-8 forward has plenty of experience carrying an offense and has flashed defensive upside as well.
News: Langford was taken by the Celtics at No. 14 in the NBA Draft via the Kings.
Impact: Langford is a natural scorer who thrives in isolation, but will need to work on his jumper, decision-making, and all around efficiency in order for his offensive talents to fully translate to the league. There are still a lot of questions about what the Celtics' roster will look like when the 2019-20 season tips off, so it remains to be seen what type of role he will play out the gate. The Indiana product averaged 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds across 34.1 minutes per game during his Freshman season.
News: Horford, despite prior reports that he was likely to stay with the Celtics, is expected to sign a four-year contract elsewhere, Steven Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: In a same-day change of plans, it appears Horford will be moving on from Boston. This is a significant hit for the Celtics, as he's been a cornerstone of the franchise since 2016-17. The Celtics were reportedly ready to offer Horford a three-year deal, but another team has apparently arrived with a four-year offer that could be hard for the 33-year-old to turn down.
News: Horford will not exercise his player option for the 2019-20 season but wants to sign a new deal with the Celtics this offseason, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Horford will officially be an unrestricted free agent after turning down his $30.1 million option, but unsurprisingly, the big man wants to remain with the Celtics. Chances are Horford is going to sign a more affordable long-term deal with the Celtics at some point in July after free agency begins, but big money offers from other teams could potentially change things for the free agent.
News: Irving is "preparing" to sign with Brooklyn, Anthony Puccio of reports.
Impact: Irving made it known Wednesday that he isn't planning on exercising his $21.3 million player option for the 2019-2020 campaign, and it appears as though the Nets have emerged as the favorites to land the star point guard. While a deal with Brooklyn is far from official, this development will certainly be worth keeping an eye on.
News: Baynes exercised his $5.9 million player option for 2019-20 Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Baynes has played a meaningful role as Boston's reserve center over the past two seasons. He's appeared in 132 regular-season and 28 playoff games with the Celtics, averaging 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 17.5 minutes in regular-season action.
News: Irving doesn't plan to exercise his $21.3 million player option for next season and will become a free agent in July, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Irving's decision to become a free agent was essentially a foregone conclusion. Even if he wants to stay with Boston, opting out and negotiating a new deal is the most advantageous thing to do from a financial standpoint. Still, Irving's choice to opt out is the first necessary step to his highly-publicized free agency -- one that has many teams looking to add his talent.
News: Celtics' executive Danny Ainge said Wednesday that Horford's future in Boston will be a priority this offseason, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 33-year-old holds a player option for more than $30 million next season, but Ainge intimated that the team may look to work with Horford on restructuring the deal. That would likely mean tacking on some additional years, while lowering Horford cap hit for the 2019-20 season. At this point, it's unclear if Horford will be receptive to such an agreement, but given his age, it's a solution that could benefit both sides.
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 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 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 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 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.