Description: Celtics forward Jae Crowder left Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with a sprained left knee and will not return according to the Boston Globe.
Insight: Crowder took an elbow to the face from J.R. Smith and then fell awkwardly, hurting his knee. Smith should receive a suspension for the elbow. Crowder left the game with seven points, three rebounds and one assist.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas came off the bench to lead Boston with 22 points in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Insight: Boston rallied in the fourth quarter, but they fell short, 99-91. Thomas was 6-for-14 from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 at the line. He also had seven assists in the loss. Cleveland leads the series, 2-0.
Description: Boston really couldn't have asked for more from Isaiah Thomas off the bench in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Sunday.
Insight: Thomas led the team with 22 points and 10 assists. He shot 6-for-14 from the field, including 2-for-5 at the 3-point line, 8-for-8 at the foul line while also having five rebounds. His 22 points was as many as starting guards Marcus Smart and Evan Turner had combined.
Description: Celtics guard Evan Turner played well during Sunday's victory over Cleveland.
Insight: He recorded 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals, one block, and one turnover. Turner shot 6-of-12 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 17 points off the bench.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas came off the bench and led Boston with 23 points in the, 110-101, loss to the Bucks on Friday.
Insight: Thomas was 7-for-12 from the field, including 2-of-5 from the 3-point line. He also had six assists. Thomas has been great with the Celtics since the trade deadline, so owners should continue to keep him in the lineup.
Description: Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (left metetarsal stress fracture) is available for limited action Friday night, according to celtics.com.
Insight: Brandon Bass,Tyler Zeller and Kelly Olynyk will all lose a few minutes, but Sullinger is not ready for a full workload at this time. Sullinger averaged 14.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.4 apg in 51 games this season.
Description: Celtics center Kelly Olynyk is going to try and play on Wednesday with a lacerated left eye according to NBA.com.
Insight: Sean Grande of NBA.com tweeted a picture of Olynyk's eye, and he looks a bit like a zombie. It will be amazing if he make it through the game because it appears as though he can't see out of the eye. If owners want to roll the dice, though, Olynyk plans to play.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas (back) will miss Monday's game versus Brooklyn.
Insight: The original timetable was three games, but that has turned into eight games. At least he's still a possibility for Wednesday. He averaged 21.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.4 apg in his first 10 games with Boston.
Description: Celtics guard Evan Turner led Boston with 23 points on Sunday versus the Pistons.
Insight: Turner was 10-for-21 from the field and filled the stat sheet with eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. Turner has been coming on a bit as of late, averaging 12.4 ppg, 6.8 apg and 4.8 rpg in the last five games.
Description: Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart has been suspended for Sunday's game versus Detroit.
Insight: He really deserves a longer suspension, after going after Tiago Splitter with a low-blow. However, Smart will miss just the one game, and still holds some value with Isaiah Thomas stilll sidelined.
Description: Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart made seven 3-pointers and had 25 points in the loss to the Thunder on Wednesday.
Insight: Statistically, this is Smart's best game of the season. Smart was 8-for-14 from the field overall. He also had nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks. The 25 points is a career-high.
Description: Celtics guard Evan Turner responded to head coach Brad Stevens request.
Insight: Stevens wants Turner to score more, and that is exactly what he did during Friday's win against Orlando. He went 12-of-20 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the line for 30 points, five rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, and three turnovers. Turner should be active everywhere.
Description: Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley should see more minutes and opportunities over the next week with PG Isaiah Thomas likely sidelined by injury.
Insight: bradley led the team Wednesday with 17 points, though he didn't shoot particularly well in his first action after missing three games. Marcus Smart and Evan Turner should also see more playing time.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas did not play on Wednesday versus the Grizzlies and could miss as much as a week, according to Celtics GM Danny Ainge.
Insight: Thomas is dealing with a back and elbow injury. he had scored 20 plis points in four consecutive games. Fortunately, for the Celtics and fantasy owners, Avery Bradley returned to the lineup Wednesday.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas will not play on Wednesday versus the Grizzlies.
Insight: Thomas is dealing with a back and elbow injury. He should be questionable for Friday's game versus the Magic. Thomas has been excellent lately, so there are going to be a lot of extra shots for everyone else.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is questionable for Wednesday's game against Memphis while dealing with multiple injuries.
Insight: Thomas bruised his back and elbow late in Monday's game with the Heat. He didn't miss time, but it's sore. he posted 21 or more points in four straight games and is averaging 21.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.4 apg in 10 games wearing Celtics green.
Description: Celtics forward Brandon Bass had another nice game on Monday with 14 points and nine rebounds versus the Heat.
Insight: Bass had a season-high 17 rebounds on Sunday, so he didn't quite reach that total again, but owners will take 14 and nine. He also had four assists and three steals while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas continues his hot streak as he came off the bench and led Boston with 25 points versus the Heat.
Insight: Thomas has been playing very well in the fourth quarter since joining Boston at the deadline, and Monday was no different. Thomas scored 12 of his 25 points in the final quarter, going 7-for-17 from the field in the game. He was also 8-of-8 at the line with four assists and a rebound.
Description: Celtics rookie guard Marcus Smart had a decent game with 16 points, five rebounds and five steals on Sunday, but it ended with an ejection.
Insight: The Celtics were trying to rally back from a nine-point deficit with less than 30 seconds remaining when Smart drove to the basket and elbowed Elfrid Payton in the head. Smart received a flagrant 2 foul, and the referees ejected him. It was still Smart's best scoring game since Feb. 25.
Description: Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that shooting guard Avery Bradley's strained left elbow felt better yesterday and he could join the team Sunday.
Insight: That still doesn't mean he's likely to play, just that he's getter healthier. Bradley's absence should help Evan Turner and Isaiah Thomas's fantasy value. Bradley is averaging 13.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.6 apg this season. Update: Bradley did not travel with the team to Orlando.
Description: Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that shooting guard Avery Bradley's strained left elbow felt better yesterday and he could join the team Sunday.
Insight: That still doesn't mean he's likely to play, just that he's getter healthier. Bradley's absence should help Evan Turner and Isaiah Thomas's fantasy value. Bradley is averaging 13.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.6 apg this season.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas came off the bench and scored 27 points in the victory over the Pelicans on Friday.
Insight: Thomas was 8-of-13 from the field, including 4-for-6 from the 3-point line on his way to 27 points. He also made 7-of-8 at the line. Thomas has seen a spike in his fantasy value since the trade to Boston. He has scored at least 20 points in six of the eight games he has been in Celtic green.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas came off the bench and scored a team-high 21 points in Boston's, 85-84, victory over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Insight: Thomas shot 50 percent from the field, hitting two 3-pointers and 7-of-8 from the line. He also had seven assists, three rebounds and a steal. Thomas is averaging 20.1 ppg since joining the Celtics.
Description: Celtics center Tyler Zeller hit a layup as time expired to lift the Celtics to a, 85-84, victory over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Insight: Zeller took just eight shots and finished with eight points, but he hit the game-winner. Zeller also had 11 rebounds, two blocks, an assist and steal. He is averaging 9.8 ppg while shooting 54.7 percent from the field.
Description: Celtics forward Brandon Bass scored a team-high 15 points during Tuesday's 110-79 loss to the Cavaliers.
Insight: It was not a pretty sight for Boston, as Bass and Isaiah Thomas were the only two Boston players to record double-figures in points. Bass also had five boards, one assist, and three turnovers, while Thomas totaled 11 points, two rebounds, and two assists.
Description: Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (ankle) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Olynyk will test the ankle in pre-game warmups. That's all fantasy owners need to hear in deciding whether to start him or not. Tyler Zeller, Brandon Bass and Jonas Jerebko would all lose minutes upon Olynyk's return to the lineup.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 20 points during Sunday's loss versus Golden State.
Insight: He did so off the bench in 29 minutes of action. Thomas shot 8-of-21 from the field, 3-of-11 from deep, and 1-of-1 from the line. He also pitched in five assists, two boards, and one turnover. No matter where Thomas plays, he will also be able to get up shots.
Description: Celtics coach Brad Stevens told Celtics.com that center Kelly Olynyk "probably won't play" versus the Warriors on Sunday due to his ankle injury.
Insight: Stevens also said that if Olynyk can play, he probably won't enter the game. That's all fantasy owners need to hear in deciding whether to start him or not. Tyler Zeller, Brandon Bass and Jonas Jerebko will absorb Olynyk's minutes on Sunday.
Description: Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas can score on any team.
Insight: He has continued where he left off in Phoenix. Thomas scored a team-high 28 points off the bench on Friday night, and also had seven assists, two 3-pointers, one board, one steal, and three turnovers. He is a top-60 player.
Description: Celtics forward Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season with a left metetarsal stress fracture.
Insight: This is an extremely tough injury, and there is no guarantee Sullinger will be ready for training camp. Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller will see a ton of minutes, with Kelly Olynyk still sidelined with an ankle injury.
Description: Suns point guard Isaiah Thomas was part of a four-team deal that has him playing in Boston.
Insight: Thomas could end up the starter, but even as a backup will significantly hurt Marcus Smart's fantasy value. Thomas was averaging 15.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.7 apg as part of a three-player backcourt in Phoenix.
Description: Celtics center/forward Jared Sullinger scored a team-high 22 points during Friday's win against the 76ers.
Insight: He shot 9-of-18 from the floor and 3-of-3 from the line. Sullinger also had eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one 3-pointer, one block, and one turnover to really fill the stat sheet. He should be active everywhere.
Description: Celtics center Tyler Zeller scored 17 points in the loss to the Heat on Sunday.
Insight: Zeller was 6-of-13 from the field with six rebounds and four assists. Zeller's fantasy value dropped over January after he averaged just 8.9 ppg during the month. In December, he averaged 12.5 ppg.
Description: Celtics guard Evan Turner left the Monday night game for a time after re-injuring his thumb.
Insight: He played just 21 minutes, scoring nine points with three rebounds and four assists. X-rays were negative, but his Wednesday status is to be determined. He's been a solid fantasy option since become the Celtics starting point guard.
Description: Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley left Sunday's game for a time before returning to the game against Golden State due to a sprained left thumb.
Insight: Bradley has averaged 17.0 ppg over the past three games and he's taking enough shots to continue at that pace. The problem with Bradley is that he doesn't offer much other than scoring, averaging just 2.8 rpg and 1.5 apg over the first 41 contests.
Description: Celtics center/forward Jared Sullinger had 20 points and eight rebounds versus the Bulls on Friday.
Insight: Sullinger led the team in scoring, going 7-of-18 from the field. He made two 3-pointers and all four of his free-throw attempts. Sullinger also had eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block.
Description: Celtics center/forward Jared Sullinger posted a double-double during Monday's victory against the Pelicans.
Insight: He had a team-high 27 points and 10 rebounds, and went 9-of-17 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. Sullinger also had three assists,one 3-pointer, one steal, one block, and one turnover. The chances will be there for him.
Description: Celtics guard Evan Turner had a weird, but productive line on Friday night.
Insight: He shot 3-of-15 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line for just nine points. Turner, however, did have 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and two turnovers. He will continue to start for Boston.
Description: After an impressive outing Jan. 5 against Charlotte, Celtics small forward James Young was a surprise non-factor against Brooklyn.
Insight: Young posted 13 points in 18 minutes against Charlotte, but didn't see any time Wesnesday due to coaches decision. There aren't a lot of minutes available with Jeff Green and Jae Crowder in front of him.
Description: Celtics guard Evan Turner was the beneficiary of Jameer Nelson's absence as his workload increased to 40 minutes. Nelson might miss Monday's game too.
Insight: Turner went 12-of-22 from the field and 4-of-5 from deep for 29 points, six assists, five rebounds, one steal and seven turnovers. Marcus Smart, the more obvious choice to see more time, played just 17 minutes.
Description: Celtics point guard Jameer Nelson is questionable for Monday's game against Charlotte after missing Saturday due to a sprained right ankle.
Insight: With Nelson sidelined Saturday, it wasn't rookie Marcus Smart getting more work, it was Evan Turner who played 40 minutes and scored 29 points. That's well above Turners normal per game usage.
Description: The Celtics benched rookie Marcus Smart on Wednesday.
Insight: Evan Turner earned the start instead. Boston is 3-0 with Turner starting, so it will be interesting to see if he stays in the lineup. Smart played 28 minutes off the bench and scored 11 points with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Description: Celtics rookie Marcus Smart will move back into the starting lineup on Friday.
Insight: This is good news for fantasy owners. Jameer Nelson was playing pretty well as the team's starting point guard, but Smart has more upside in both real life and fantasy. Hopefully Smart can turn around his somewhat disappointing rookie campaign.
Description: Boston center Tyler Zeller shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the line on his way to leading the Celtics in scoring on Tuesday.
Insight: Zeller had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Zeller's numbers have dramatically increased this month. He is averaging 12.8 ppg and 7.1 rpg in December after he averaged 6.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg in November.
Description: The Dallas Mavericks have traded three players and two draft picks for Celtics point guard Rajon Rando.
Insight: The Mavericks will also receive rookie forward Dwight Powell. Although this is an intriguing real life move, this likely hurts Rondo's fantasy value. Rondo will probably not handle the ball as much as he did in Boston because of the other playmakers in Dallas, which means fewer assists. Since he has terrible shooting numbers, Rondo might not get enough opportunities to continue being a top fantasy option at point guard. Now might be the time to sell on Rondo.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo recorded a double-double against the Magic.
Insight: Rondo has 13 points and 15 assists in the, 109-92, victory. Rondo shot 50 percent from the floor and perhaps owners are lucky he didn't get to the free-throw line to lower the fantasy team's free-throw percentage. He also had seven rebounds.
Description: Celtics center Kelly Olynyk scored a team-high 30 points during Monday's win versus Philadelphia.
Insight: He did so off the bench and finished 12-of-17 from the field, 3-of-3 from the line, and 3-of-5 from deep. Olynyk also had nine rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocks, and four turnovers. As long as Olynyk continues to come off the bench, his vlalue will be limited.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo recorded a double-double on Friday in the, 113-96, victory over the Lakers.
Insight: Rondo did not shoot particularly well but was still two rebounds away from a triple-double. He had 12 points and 16 assists with eight rebounds. Don't expect good shooting numbers, but Rondo will provide lots of dimes and boards.
Description: Boston center Tyler Zeller played the most minutes he has all season on Friday and responded by scoring a season-high 24 points.
Insight: Zeller is averaging just 6.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg but had 24 points and 14 rebounds against the Lakers. He had it going on, hitting on 10-of-11 shots and all four free throws. It is obviously unlikely Zeller repeats this performance, but he should start to get some more looks from fantasy owners if he remains in the starting lineup.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo continues to struggle in fantasy.
Insight: Rondo only took six shots on Friday versus the Grizzlies and as a result, he scored four points. He missed his only 3-point attempt and didn't get to the line. He also had five rebounds and four assists.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is averaging 12.5 assists over his last four games.
Insight: Rondo had 13 assists against the 76ers on Wednesday to go with nine points, five rebounds and two steals. He still isn't shooting great at the line, however, going 2-for-4 versus the 76ers. Rondo is shooting 30 percent at the charity stripe, which is killing teams in roto leagues.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is expected to return from his hand injury on Wednesday against the Thunder according to ESPN Boston.
Insight: He missed Saturday's game due to th fact earlier that day he had a screw removed from his hand. He practiced on Tuesday and is ready to go. Rondo has been solid this season with 9.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 11.2 apg.
Description: Celtics center Kelly Olynyk recorded a double-double in Saturday's win against the Bulls.
Insight: He was 6-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line for 18 points. Olynyk also had 11 rebounds, one assist, one block, and four turnovers. He is averaging 13.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg, making him a solid option at center moving forward.
Description: Celtics forward Jeff Green scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds while playing 30 minutes against the Pacers.
Insight: It was surprising that Green played just 30 minutes considering Marcus Smart left the game with an injury. Green has had bigger days, but he still had a nice fantasy outing on Friday. He should continue to get more opportunities because of Smart's injury.
Description: Celtics rookie Marcus Smart left Friday's game against the Pacers on a stretcher.
Insight: Smart will need an X-ray. Hopefully it is a short-term injury because he was really starting to play well. In the meantime, Avery Bradley, Evan Turner and Jeff Green get a boost in value for fantasy.
Description: Celtics forward Jeff Green scored a season-high 35 points against the Mavericks on Monday.
Insight: Green took a remarkable 28 shots and hit 14 of them. He was 5-for-12 from the 3-point line. Green also had seven rebounds. We expect Green to continue to receive a similar volume of opportunities as he did Monday.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is awaiting clearance to ramp up his practice time.
Insight: Rondo hasn't been officially ruled out of the opener, but the best estimates have him about a week away. He can still fill a box score, it's just he's injury prone and more than likely going to be traded at some point this season. Then his fantasy value will be dependent upon where he goes.
Description: Celtics forward Brandon Bass is turning into an irrelevant fantasy player.
Insight: Bass has started at power forward for Boston the last few seasons, but Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk are poised to start in the front court for the Celtics to start the 2014-2015 season. Bass will have a bench role and will not be worth owning.
Description: Celtics center/forward Jared Sullinger has been on fire this preseason.
Insight: In his latest preseason game, Sullinger lit up the 76ers with 21 points, 8-for-10 shooting, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and four 3-pointers. He is a lock to start at power forward and should be a top-50 fantasy player this season.
Description: Celtics forward Jeff Green could provide fantasy owners some additional scoring numbers this season.
Insight: Green has been getting more minutes at power forward this preseason, so his field goal percentage should go up. He averaged 16.9 points per game last season, which was a career-high, and shot 34 percent from the field.
Description: Celtics rookie Marcus Smart should see extended minutes without Rajon Rondo in the lineup the first few weeks of the season.
Insight: Rondo is out at least the first week and could miss up to three weeks to start the season. Smart has played well through preseason and should benefit without Rondo. Smart is the future at point guard for Boston, but it is hard to predict how he fits in the rotation once Rondo does return.
Description: Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley is shooting an incredible 65.2 percent from the field in preseason.
Insight: Bradley hit six 3-pointers against the 76ers on Thursday to finish with 20 points. Last season, he shot an amazing 39.5 percent from downtown. Bradley won't provide many other stats, but he will likely score a lot.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has fantasy bust written all over him.
Insight: Rondo will miss at least the first week of the season and up to three weeks. Even when he was active last season, Rondo did not post statistics to place him in the top-100 fantasy players. Plus, fantasy owners have no idea which team he might finish the season with because the Celtics could trade him. Let someone else deal with Rondo this season.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo did some non-contact offensive work during Friday's practice according to the Boston Herald.
Insight: Despite the good news, Rondo has a ways to go before he is approved for contact drills. With Marcus Smart playing well through preseason so far, Rondo may be expendable in a trade. Rondo is a risky pick with big upside on draft day.
Description: Celtics rookie Marcus Smart is expected to see extended work in training camp without Rajon Rondo, who is out for six-to-eight weeks.
Insight: Smart did not look good at shooting guard over the summer, so he will have the opportunity to play his natural point guard position. Smart is now a late-round possibility with Rondo out the first 10 games or so.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo underwent surgery on his broken matacarpal in his left hand and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks according to the Boston Globe.
Insight: Rondo suffered the injury slipping in the shower at his home. He will likely miss the first 3-10 games of the season. With the trade rumors swirling around Rondo, Boston will likely not play their point guard until he is definitely healthy. Do not pick Rondo in the first half of the draft.
Description: The latest rumor, courtesy of talk show host Tyler Spence, is for Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is a trade with Sacramento.
Insight: If true, this would be horrible news for Darren Collison's fantasy owners because as it stands he's set to be the Kings starting point guard. Of course, after a year of rumors concerning Rondo, we will believe it when someone actually pulls the trigger on the trade.