Description: Boston swingman Jeff Green could be dealt in the next couple days if the rumors we're hearing about Omer Asik are true. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: The Rockets plan to have Asik off their roster by Thursday and Boston could be his most likely destination. Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein are hearing that Green could be sent to Cleveland as part of a three-team deal. Asik coming to Boston would mean fewer minutes for Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk at center.
Description: Sports Illustrated reports the Celtics and Kings have explored a trade that would send star point guard Rajon Rondo to Sacramento, though a number of other outlets have refuted this rumor.
Insight: The Celtics have a real dilemma on their hands. They're playing better than expected and may make the postseason regardless of whether Rondo returns to the lineup or not. Dealing Rondo would strengthen Boston's chances of landing a high lottery pick but the rest of the Eastern Conference is playing so poorly that it might not matter. The Celtics have until mid-February to make a decision on Rondo's future in Beantown. For what it's worth, the four-time All-Star is expected to return from ACL surgery sometime in January.
Description: Dr. James Andrews has given Boston point guard Rajon Rondo the go-ahead to participate in full contact practices. SOURCE: Jay King, MassLive
Insight: The four-time All-Star has been recovering from a torn ACL for the past 11 months. It sounds like he could be back around Christmas. Jordan Crawford's fantasy value will take a hit when Rondo returns.
Description: Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Kelly Olynyk (ankle) will miss Sunday's game.
Insight: Olynyk hasn't played since spraining his ankle on Nov. 22, but he has started doing some individual workouts. "He told me he's feeling a little better but I don't know exactly what that means," Stevens said on Saturday. "I know he won't be playing tomorrow."
Description: Boston guard Jordan Crawford had 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting, eight assists, four rebounds and two threes in 34 minutes Friday against the Nuggets.
Insight: We saw flashes of a player who could contribute in multiple categories when Crawford played the point briefly for the Wizards last season, and he has excelled in an extended run as Boston's starting point guard this year. He's averaging 16.3 points, 7.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 threes over his last seven contests.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo is still waiting to be cleared for full contact. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: The hope is that he'll be cleared sometime in the next week. Rondo's recovery from a torn ACL is going well but there's still no timetable for his return. Jordan Crawford has been filling in at point guard.
Description: Celtics F/C Jared Sullinger played 33 minutes and had 21 points and 14 rebounds Saturday at Milwaukee.
Insight: It was his second 20-point, 10-rebound game in his last three games. He's averaging 31 minutes, 15.4 points. 9.9 rebounds, 0.6 blocks and 1.3 threes in his last seven games and should be added in most leagues.
Description: Celtics G/F Jeff Green had 18 points Saturday and is averaging 20.4 ppg over his last seven.
Insight: Green's scoring average dropped to 14.5 ppg after he went 2-of-13 from the field for six points from Nov. 16-19, but he has it back up to 16.7 after going off in the last seven games. He has attempted 15.1 field goals and 5.6 free throws per game in that span.
Description: Boston guard Jordan Crawford generated his third-career triple-double Friday in a blowout win over Cleveland.
Insight: Crawford (11 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) is getting extended minutes at point guard for the first time in his career and he seems to be loving every second of it. Of course, that will only last until Rajon Rondo is back on the court. Luckily for Crawford, Rondo (ACL) is still a couple weeks away from returning.
Description: According to ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg, Celtics shooting guard Courtney Lee is out for Friday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Lee hurt his knee in Wednesday's loss to Memphis. The 28-year-old has only been seeing about 17 minutes a game. He's done well in his limited minutes (51.0 field goal percentage and 48 percent on three-pointers) but that isn't enough to warrant a fantasy recommendation.
Description: Boston guard Courtney Lee is questionable for Friday's game against Cleveland with a sprained left knee.
Insight: Lee can score as indicated by his 7.6 ppg average in just 17 mpg, but he'd need to get more playing time to be of value to fantasy owners. Barring injury to Jordan Crawford, he's not going to get it.
Description: Celtics coach Brad Stevens says rookie Kelly Olynyk could be out a "couple" of weeks after spraining his ankle Friday against the Pacers. SOURCE: A. Sherrod Blakely, Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: He didn't make the trip to Atlanta with the rest of the team. Olynyk hasn't shot the ball particularly well this year (38.9 percent in 14 games), but the fact that he's getting almost 23 minutes a game as a rookie has to be encouraging. Clearly Stevens has faith in his young big man.
Description: Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger (illness) is questionable for Saturday's game, according to csnne.com.
Insight: Sullinger played through the illness Friday night but admitted after the game that he was exhausted. Kelly Olynyk suffered an ankle sprain and is also questionable for Saturday, so we could see a heavy dose of Vitor Faverani and Kris Humphries in the frontcourt against the Hawks.
Description: Celtics G/F Jeff Green has scored 19.5 ppg over his last two games.
Insight: Green looked to be getting the keys to Boston's offense after the team traded Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett this offseason, but he has attempted just 11.6 field goals per game and is averaging 15.2 ppg. He's just not someone who is going to be a high-volume, 20-ppg scorer in the NBA.
Description: Celtics center Kelly Olynyk sprained his right ankle during Friday's game against Indiana and will not return, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of csnne.com.
Insight: A Celtics official said holding out the rookie for the rest of Friday's game is precautionary, but he has been deemed questionable for Saturday's game. Kris Humphries started the second half at center. Coach Brad Stevens seems to be down on Vitor Faverani at the moment.
Description: Celtics guard Avery Bradley had a miserable night shooting the ball Tuesday against the Rockets (5-for-22, 11 points).
Insight: Twenty-two shot attempts? Seriously, when did Bradley become Allen Iverson? Bradley may be averaging 13.1 ppg this season but he's not a strong offensive player. You know you're in trouble if he's your team's best scoring option. It's gonna be a long year for the C's.
Description: Boston guard Courtney Lee is questionable for Friday's game against Cleveland with a sprained left knee.
Insight: Lee can score as indicated by his 7.6 ppg average in just 17 mpg, but he'd need to get more playing time to be of value to fantasy owners. Barring injury to Jordan Crawford, he's not going to get it.
Description: Boston guard Avery Bradley scored 27 points on 12-of-23 shooting Saturday in a loss to Minnesota.
Insight: Bradley is still inconsistent -- he had 13 combined points the last two games -- but he's been a more effective scorer since moving to the two-guard earlier this month. He's averaging 14.4 ppg his last nine games.
Description: Boston power forward Jared Sullinger is questionable for Friday's game against Portland.
Insight: Sullinger has a bruised knee, but practiced Thursday. He's had his injury troubles in the past but we don't think this particular ailment will require a lengthy absence. When on the court he's averaging 11.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo (torn ACL) isn't expected back before December, according to Celtics president Danny Ainge.
Insight: Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley have formed a decent backcourt, but obviously the level of play would rise with Rondo in the game. On the other hand it might mean less ping pong balls in their attempt to get one of this year's crop of outstanding rookies.
Description: Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Sullinger sustained the injury taking a charge from Maurice Harkless Monday against the Magic. He's averaging 20 minutes, 11.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game this season and shouldn't have to miss much time, if any.
Description: Celtics guard Jordan Crawford had 16 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in 33 minutes Monday against Orlando. All are season highs for the 25-year-old.
Insight: Crawford moved into the starting lineup at point guard four games ago, pushing Avery Bradley to two-guard. The shift has worked out well for both players and the Celtics, who have won four straight after starting out 0-4.
Description: Boston guard Avery Bradley has improved his scoring since being moved off the ball.
Insight: He began the season as Boston's starting point guard but was moved over to the two several games ago. He scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting Monday and is averaging 18.3 points over the last three games.
Description: G/F Jeff Green stunned the Heat by drilling a three-pointer as time expired Saturday night in a 111-110 Celtics victory.
Insight: What a finish. The Heat had this one all but wrapped up with Dwyane Wade going to the line for two with 0.6 seconds left. Instead of putting the game out of reach, Wade missed both free throws. Green (team-high 24 pts) caught the following inbounds pass from Gerald Wallace and sank the game-winner just before the clock ran out. Boston has now won three straight after starting the year 0-4.
Description: Celtics forward Brandon Bass has scored 36 points and grabbed 11 rebounds with three blocks over the last two games.
Insight: Bass has played nearly 33 minutes per game this season despite the presence of Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger off the bench. He's averaging 13.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 0.8 steals this season.
Description: Celtics center Vitor Faverani will start Friday's game against the Magic after playing just six minutes Wednesday. SOURCE: NBA.com
Insight: Faverani had his hands full with Enes Kanter in the first half Wednesday and was benched in favor of Kelly Olynyk in the second. However, the team will stick with the same starting lineup for now.
Description: Boston rookie big man Kelly Olynyk started the second half of Wednesday's game at center and ended up playing a season-high 29 minutes. He scored 14 points and had eight rebounds, three assists and a steal in the game.
Insight: Starter Vitor Faverani played just six minutes. Olynyk has played at least 25 minutes in three straight games after playing 15 mpg the first two. However, we should continue to see Olynyk, Faverani, Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass share the frontcourt playing time, limiting the fantasy value of all four.
Description: Jordan Crawford will move into the Celtics' starting lineup Wednesday against the Jazz. Boston will shift Gerald Green to small forward and Gerald Wallace to the bench.
Insight: Crawford came off the bench in each of the first four games and averaged just 19 minutes per contest, compared to a team-high 35 minutes per game for Wallace. Crawford is still averaging 9.8 ppg despite the limited playing time.
Description: Boston power forward Jared Sullinger has served his one-game suspension and is probable for Friday's game against Milwaukee.
Insight: He's battling Brandon Bass for a starting power forward spot. It will likely take a few games to assess Sullinger's fantasy value based on the amount of playing time he gets. He missed the last three months of the 2012-13 campaign after undergoing back surgery.
Description: Celtics guard Avery Bradley passed his concussion test but it's still uncertain whether he'll play Friday against the Bucks. SOURCE: MassLive.com
Insight: It's anyone's guess who starts at point guard if Bradley can't play though Phil Pressey and Jordan Crawford could be possibilities. It looks like it's going to be a long season for the NBA's most storied franchise.
Description: Celtics forward Brandon Bass played 32 minutes and made 6-of-7 shots (5-5 FT) for 17 points with two boards, two assists and two steals Wednesday against Toronto.
Insight: We cannot accurately judge Boston's rotation until Jared Sullinger returns from his one-game suspension, but with Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Kris Humphries on the roster, Bass has a lot of competition for minutes.
Description: Celtics small forward Gerald Wallace played 40 minutes in the season opener but only scored three points with three rebounds, two assists, four steals and five turnovers.
Insight: Wallace only took one shot. The 31-year-old is coming off a terrible season with the Nets in which he averaged 30 minutes, 7.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals. Only add him if you're desperate for steals.
Description: Celtics center Vitor Faverani had 13 points, three rebounds and three blocks over 27 minutes Wednesday against the Raptors.
Insight: We still need to see how Boston's big-man rotation shakes out when Jared Sullinger makes his season debut after serving a one-game suspension Wednesday, but Faverani should be added in most leagues nevertheless.
Description: Celtics swingman Jeff Green hit 8-of-16 shots and scored a game-high 25 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two treys in an opening-night loss at Toronto Wednesday night.
Insight: With Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett gone, Green is now the No. 1 scoring option on this team. He has a very good chance at averaging 20 ppg.
Description: Boston's Avery Bradley will start at point guard in the season opener Wednesday against Toronto.
Insight: Bradley averaged 29 minutes, 9.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.8 threes in 50 games last season. Jordan Crawford also will see time at point guard until Rajon Rondo returns.
Description: Vitor Faverani (back) will start Boston's season-opening game against the Raptors Wednesday.
Insight: Kelly Olynyk is still expected to play a large role off the bench, but Faverani is worth adding in deeper leagues. He had a strong finish to the preseason, averaging 12 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in just under 22 minutes per game over his last three exhibition games.
Description: Celtics forward Jeff Green (forearm) practiced Monday.
Insight: Green banged his funny bone during a preseason game last week, but it's not a serious issue. He's expected to start at shooting guard for the Celtics and will be the top offensive option on the team, which makes him a strong fourth- or fifth-round fantasy selection.
Description: Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo says his surgically repaired knee is at 87 percent. SOURCE: Boston Globe
Insight: That's awfully specific. Rondo hasn't played in the preseason yet and he probably won't be available for the first couple months of the regular season either. Defensive specialist Avery Bradley will handle the point guard duties while he's out.
Description: Celtics coach Brad Stevens indicated that he will use the Jeff Green-Gerald Wallace combo on the wings early in the season, according to Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com.
Insight: Stevens started Avery Bradley, Green, Wallace, Kelly Olynyk and Vitor Faverani Wednesday in the team's final preseason game. "It gives us a chance to be a little unique," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "And, at the same time, it doesn’t forfeit the ability to move and defend multiple positions. We’re going to continue to play around with that, and I think (the Green/Wallace combo is) something that you very well could see early on in the regular season." If Green starts at the two and Wallace at the three, it would push Jordan Crawford to the bench. Wallace had a miserable and injury-plagued season with the Nets in 2012-13 and averaged 30 minutes, 7.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.7 blocks.
Description: Boston power forward Jared Sullinger doesn't think he's close to returning to game action. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: Sullinger missed the last three months of the 2012-13 campaign after undergoing back surgery and apparently he still hasn't fully recovered. Until we hear something positive on his recovery, Sullinger won't be worth drafting in any fantasy leagues.
Description: According to ESPN Boston, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he'd be "shocked" if Rajon Rondo (knee) was ready for the start of the regular season in late October and hinted that an early December return is more likely.
Insight: Rondo had surgery in mid-February to repair a partially torn ACL, and Ainge said there's no exact timetable for his return. "I don’t think we would ever succumb to the pressure of bringing back a player from an ACL too soon," said Ainge. "We’ve got to do what’s right for him. He’s young -- maybe if he was 37 and it was his last year, but he’s still so young. And he’s our best player. We can’t afford to make any mistakes and judgment on when to bring him back."
Description: Celtics forward Jared Sullinger was arrested following a domestic dispute over Labor Day weekend. SOURCE: A. Sherrod Blakely, Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: He was released on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on September 27th. Sullinger missed most of his rookie season after undergoing back surgery. In Boston's depleted frontcourt, he should see ample playing time in 2013-14.
Description: Celtics forward Jared Sullinger believes that his teammate Rajon Rondo will be ready to play again by December. SOURCE: WSYX Columbus
Insight: Rondo, as most of you already know, is recovering from a very serious knee injury. Without him, the Celtics were unable to advance past the first round of the playoffs. This year, they'll be lucky to even get into the playoffs.
Description: Boston forward Kris Humphires acknowledged the possbility that he could be traded. SOURCE: Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston
Insight: Humphries was shipped to Boston last week in a deal that sent Celtics legends Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn. The former Net said, "If something comes up that's better for the team, then I'm sure the team will do it." The most likely scenario is that the Celtics will wait until the trade deadline in February before making a move. Humphries is set to become a free agent after next season.
Description: Apparently Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony would like to be teammates with Rajon Rondo.
Insight: ESPN's Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith debated this subject Monday on First Take. The Knicks are already committed to Raymond Felton and Celtics GM Danny Ainge has made it clear to teams looking for a point guard that Rondo is not available. It's not the craziest rumor we've ever heard but there isn't much of a story here. Rondo is a Celtic and we don't see that changing anytime soon.
Description: The Celtics waived Kris Joseph on Monday.
Insight: Joseph was traded to Boston as part of the Kevin Garnett deal. The former Syracuse forward averaged less than a point per game in 10 appearances for the Celtics and Nets last season. He may have to play overseas.
Description: Boston rookie Kelly Olynyk is averaging 18.0 ppg in the Orlando Summer League.
Insight: He's also shooting 57.8 percent from the field. Of course, the level of competition in Orlando isn't anywhere near what Olynyk will be facing once the regular season starts. It's good to see Olynyk playing well but at the same time, take it all with a grain of salt.
Description: Celtics forward Jeff Green will undoubtedly have a huge role next season after the trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets.
Insight: Green started the season as a role player and averaged 23 minutes and 9.4 points over his first 42 games, but he started 16 of the final 19 games and averaged 18.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 34 minutes during that span.
Description: Could Rajon Rondo be the next domino to fall for the Celtics? If GM Danny Ainge makes Rondo available, the Mavericks would love to have him, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Insight: Acquiring Rondo would be Mark Cuban's backup plan if the Mavs are unable to sign free agent center Dwight Howard, which of course is the team's top priority this offseason. Dallas did draft a point guard on Thursday (they took Shane Larkin from Miami with the 18th pick) but Rondo would still be a welcome addition to a team that hasn't produced an All-Star at point guard since Jason Kidd in 2010.
Description: Trade talks are heating up between the Nets and Celtics. ESPN's Chris Broussard suspects a deal could be reached within the next 24 hours.
Insight: Danny Ainge's demolition of the Celtics is almost complete. Boston would receive Keith Bogans, Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries, Tomike Shenglia, Gerald Wallace and three first round picks for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. The C's might also look to trade Rajon Rondo if they can get the right offer.
Description: According to the New York Daily News, the Nets are pursuing a trade for Celtics center Kevin Garnett.
Insight: Garnett has a no-trade clause in his contract so a deal can't be completed without his approval. The Celtics are in total disarray right now but Garnett might still feel a bit of loyalty to the team that gave him his first and so far only NBA championship. He might want to stick it out for one more season in Boston but that won't stop the trade rumors from continuing.
Description: A few weeks ago it looked like a foregone conclusion that the Celtics would buy out the final year of Paul Pierce's contract. But now that Doc Rivers is gone, things have changed. SOURCE: Yahoo Sports
Insight: Any chance the Celtics had of keeping their team together went out the window when Rivers accepted a three-year deal to coach the Clippers. Now Boston is in complete rebuild mode and the team can't afford to let Pierce walk out the door and not get anything back in return. The Cavaliers have already offered a pair of second round picks for Pierce, though it looks like GM Danny Ainge will hold out for a better offer if he can find one.
Description: According to Sports Illustrated, Doc Rivers' turbulent relationship with point guard Rajon Rondo might be a factor in whether or not he returns to the Celtics next season.
Insight: Apparently Rondo cursed at Rivers during a team meeting last year and the two almost came to blows. It's not the first time we've heard about Rondo rubbing someone the wrong way. Ray Allen hinted that Rondo's behavior was one of the reasons he left to join the Heat last season.
Description: So much for the Doc to L.A. trade being dead. The Clippers and Celtics are talking again and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne believes a deal could be reached by the end of the night.
Insight: The Clippers walked away from the trade on Tuesday but apparently point guard Chris Paul begged them to reconsider. The Celtics would acquire DeAndre Jordan and draft picks for center Kevin Garnett and head coach Doc Rivers. Vinny Del Negro and Lawrence Frank are on the short list of coaches who could replace Rivers in Boston.
Description: According to the L.A. Times, trade talks between the Clippers and Celtics are dead. The proposed swap would have sent Kevin Garnett and head coach Doc Rivers to Los Angeles for DeAndre Jordan and a pair of first round picks.
Insight: The cost of signing Rivers and having to pay $3 million for the trade kicker in Jordan's contract was what caused the Clippers to back out of the deal. Now the Celtics face an uncertain future with Rivers likely to return to broadcasting and Garnett again contemplating retirement.
Description: The Celtics are trying to include either Jason Terry or Courtney Lee in a trade that would also send head coach Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to the Clippers. SOURCE: Comcast Sports New England
Insight: The Celtics would receive DeAndre Jordan and draft picks as compensation. So far, the Clippers seem hesitant to absorb Terry's contract. Terry posted the second-lowest scoring average of his career last season (10.1 ppg) but admitted that knee issues forced him to play more cautiously.
Description: ESPN is reporting that the Celtics and Clippers are discussing a blockbuster trade that would send coach Doc Rivers and center Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles for DeAndre Jordan and a first round draft pick.
Insight: Garnett does have a no-trade clause in his contract but it seems like he'd be willing to waive it if Rivers were to join him in L.A. The deal is on hold because the Celtics are asking for Eric Bledsoe and the Clippers are hesitant to give him up. If Chris Paul leaves in free agency, Bledsoe would probably be the team's best option at point guard.
Description: Boston sixth man Jason Terry had minor knee surgery earlier this offseason. SOURCE: Boston Herald
Insight: Terry had his left knee repaired and is expected to be back at full health for training camp this fall. 2012-13 was kind of a down season for Terry. The veteran averaged just 10.1 ppg, his lowest scoring average since 1999-00.
Description: According to ESPN's Jackie MacMullan, Celtics center Kevin Garnett is expected to return for one more season.
Insight: Garnett hinted at retirement earlier in the year but he's still under contract for two more seasons. There's a good chance the Celtics will buy out Paul Pierce's contract this summer, which would leave Garnett as the only remaining member of the Big Three.
Description: It's doubtful that Celtics center Kevin Garnett will need offseason surgery on his injured foot/ankle. SOURCE: Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald
Insight: KG was hampered by foot issues over the final month of the 2012-13 campaign but it didn't seem to affect his performance in the playoffs as he averaged a team-leading 13.7 rpg in six contests. There's still an outside chance that Garnett could retire this summer. He'll probably wait to see what happens to Paul Pierce before making his decision.
Description: Celtics shooting guard Paul Pierce turned in his worst game of the series Friday night against the Knicks.
Insight: Pierce (14 points) couldn't buy a shot in Game 6 (4-for-18 including 1-for-9 on three-pointers). Overall, he shot just 36.6 percent for the series. The Celtics captain had his elbow looked at on the bench so clearly he wasn't at 100 percent. Now Boston must decide whether to keep Pierce for $15 million next season or buy him out.
Description: Celtics coach Doc Rivers shortened his rotation to just seven players Wednesday night in Game 5.
Insight: After averaging 16.3 minutes per game in Games 1-3, Crawford has played a combined seven minutes over Boston's last two games. Terrence Williams and Jason Terry were the only bench players to see any action in Game 5. Crawford's unnecessary post-game altercation with Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton on Wednesday probably didn't help his case for getting more playing time.
Description: Celtics guard Jason Terry will make a rare start Friday night in Game 3. SOURCE: Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston
Insight: Doc Rivers will go with a smaller lineup featuring Terry and Avery Bradley at guard, Paul Pierce and Jeff Green at the two forward spots and Kevin Garnett at center. Brandon Bass and Jordan Crawford will come off the bench.
Description: Boston coach Doc Rivers said that Jordan Crawford has moved ahead of Courtney Lee in the rotation. SOURCE: Gary Dzen, Boston.com
Insight: Crawford played 25 minutes and scored 10 points on 11 field-goal attempts in Game 2 against the Knicks, and Lee logged just four minutes. "I'm not playing him right now," coach Doc Rivers said of Lee. "Jordan has moved ahead of him on the depth chart."
Description: Celtics SG/SF Paul Pierce is probable for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against New York while dealing with a sore left ankle.
Insight: Pierce has been in and out of the lineup recently, but that was just in preparation for the playoffs. he should be good to go. He has been a solid all-around contributor putting up 18.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.9 threes per contest.
Description: Even though he hasn't played in almost three months, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo still ended the season with the highest assist average in the NBA (11.1 apg).
Insight: Rondo's average has hovered in that 11 to 12 range for the last three seasons and we imagine it would be in that same neighborhood in 2013-14 when his knee is healthy again. Chris Paul finished second with an average of 9.7 apg while New Orleans' Greivis Vasquez came in third in the assist race with an even nine per contest.
Description: Celtics big man Kevin Garnett won't be in action Wednesday against Toronto. SOURCE: A. Sherrod Blakely, Comcast Sports New England
Insight: He'll finish the 2012-13 regular season with 14.8 ppg on 49.6 percent shooting. Garnett and the C's will take on the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. The series starts this weekend in New York.
Description: Boston shooting guard Jason Terry is getting the night off Wednesday against the Raptors.
Insight: Doc Rivers would prefer to have the veteran fresh for the postseason. Terry (10.1 ppg on 43.4 percent shooting) really hasn't had a very good season but he's still a scoring threat, especially when he gets hot from long-range (37.2 percent on three-pointers in 2012-13).
Description: C's guard Courtney Lee went off for 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting Saturday against his former team, the Orlando Magic.
Insight: He did it in 29 minutes of court time. Lee has been automatic from three-point range recently. He went 3-for-3 from that distance Saturday and overall he's been a 44.3 percent long range shooter since the All-Star break. Doc Rivers' decision to move Paul Pierce to shooting guard has cost Lee some minutes over the past couple weeks. The good news is that Pierce probably won't see his usual allotment of minutes over the next two games, which makes Lee an appealing fantasy option in the short term.
Description: Celtics coach Doc Rivers wasn't happy with Jason Terry's pre-game comments about the Magic. As a result, he's been benched for Saturday's contest in Orlando. SOURCE: A. Sherrod Blakely, Comcast Sports New England
Insight: Terry called the Magic "terrible," a fairly ironic remark considering how poorly his own team has played recently (2-5 in the last seven games). It's possible Rivers could bench the opinionated shooting guard for the rest of the regular season. This incident certainly won't help the struggling C's find momentum heading into the playoffs.
Description: Paul Pierce is a no-go for Friday's game against the Heat. The shooting guard/small forward is dealing with a sore ankle.
Insight: By sitting Garnett and Pierce on Friday the Celtics seem to have accepted the fact that they'll be the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. They'll likely face the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. Boston has lost three in a row against New York but they swept the Knicks when they faced them two years ago in the postseason.
Description: Celtics center Kevin Garnett won't participate in Friday night's game against the Heat.
Insight: He's listed on the injury report as having a sore ankle but we all know Doc Rivers is really just resting him for the playoffs. Fans who paid big bucks to see this game are probably going to be thoroughly disappointed when they get to their seats. Paul Pierce will also be out of the lineup and Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh have been sitting out as well.
Description: Boston small forward Paul Pierce (ankle) is expected to play Wednesday against the Nets, according to ESPN Boston.
Insight: Pierce said prior to Tuesday's practice that his sore right ankle is continuing to improve. "It's getting better," Pierce said. "I'm getting treatment, doing the necessary things I need to do to be better. It's doing a lot better."
Description: Celtics forward Brandon Bass had one of his better games of the season Sunday night in a win over Washington.
Insight: Bass (20 points) has averaged 17 ppg and 6.7 rpg over his last three contests. Of greater significance is the fact that despite Kevin Garnett's return from an ankle injury, Bass remained in the starting lineup and played 36 minutes.
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett will start Sunday against the Wizards. He's been out the last two weeks because of ankle inflammation.
Insight: He practiced in full on Saturday so we figured he was close to returning. Head coach Doc Rivers hinted that he probably won't see his usual workload so fantasy owners should only expect about 20 to 25 minutes of KG on Sunday.
Description: Avery Bradley's injury isn't serious. The Celtics guard suffered a bruised left collar bone and could have returned to action Friday night against Cleveland.
Insight: There were only three and a half minutes left and the Celtics were losing by a decent amount so there really wasn't much point in putting Bradley back in the game. As long as Bradley doesn't suffer a setback he should be fine for Sunday's game against Washington.
Description: Boston guard Avery Bradley got hurt in the fourth quarter and did not return Friday against Cleveland.
Insight: This injury couldn't have come at a worse time for the reeling Celtics. It's unclear exactly what the injury is but Bradley seemed to be in a lot of pain. Remember, Bradley has had multiple surgeries on his shoulder. It's possible he could have aggravated a past injury.
Description: Boston small forward Paul Pierce re-injured his right ankle Wednesday in a win against the Pistons, but has been upgraded to probable for Friday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Pierce acknowledged that the injury has gotten to the point where he's considering resting it until the postseason. The Celtics have been destroyed by injuries all year. They've put together miracle playoff runs in the past, but with Rajon Rondo out and Pierce and Kevin Garnett both at less than 100 percent, that's not likely to happen again in 2013.
Description: Celtics coach Doc Rivers has been impressed with Jeff Green's play recently and says he has earned a spot in the starting lineup, regardless of who is healthy. SOURCE: Scott Souza, MetroWest Daily News
Insight: With Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett banged up, Doc has little choice but to start Green but it seems like what Rivers is trying to say is that Green has surpassed Brandon Bass as the team's No. 1 power forward. The full fantasy implications of this won't come into effect until Boston gets healthy and that's unlikely to happen before the end of the regular season.
Description: Scott Souza from the MetroWest Daily News hears that Kevin Garnett's return has been pushed back to Sunday against Washington. Garnett, who has missed Boston's last seven games with a bum ankle, had been slated to return Friday against Cleveland.
Insight: And even that doesn't appear to be a sure thing. Fantasy owners who jumped on the Jeff Green bandwagon too late might need to find another power forward on the waiver wire to get them through the week.
Description: Boston small forward Paul Pierce re-injured his right ankle Wednesday in a win against the Pistons. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: Pierce acknowledged that the injury has gotten to the point where he's considering resting it until the postseason. The Celtics have been destroyed by injuries all year. They've put together miracle playoff runs in the past but with Rajon Rondo out and Pierce and Kevin Garnett both at less than 100 percent, that's not likely to happen again in 2013.
Description: The Boston Globe is reporting that Celtics center Kevin Garnett is probable to return Friday night against Cleveland.
Insight: He's missed Boston's last seven games with an ankle issue. The C's went just 3-4 without him so Boston fans must be pretty relieved to hear that KG is healthy again. Of course, fantasy owners who have been riding Jeff Green (23.8 ppg on 56.8 percent shooting in his last five games) will have to lower their expectations a bit.
Description: Boston forward Jeff Green dumped in 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting with six boards, one steal, four blocks and three triples Wednesday against the Pistons.
Insight: Green has scored at least 21 points in four of the last five games and is averaging 21.6 ppg over his last 10. However, we have to wonder how Kevin Garnett's return to action will affect Green's production.
Description: Boston forward Paul Pierce will be active Wednesday against the Pistons. He missed Monday's game in Minnesota for personal reasons. SOURCE: A. Sherrod Blakely
Insight: Unfortunately for Celtics fans, Kevin Garnett will miss at least one more game before he's ready to return from an ankle injury. Pierce has struggled versus Detroit this season (11.5 ppg on 43.5 percent shooting in two games).
Description: Celtics small forward Paul Pierce didn't play Monday against Minnesota and missed the Wednesday morning shootaround, so the optimism that he was sure to return for tonight's game is gone.
Insight: Pierce had an ankle injury, but the official word was that he was out on Monday for "personal reasons" and now we don't know whether he's going to return. He's been the focal point of the Celtics' offense averaging 18.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.8 apg this season and 21.0 ppg and 11.6 rpg over his last three starts.
Description: Celtics' small forward Paul Pierce didn't play Monday against Minnesota, but is expected to return for Wednesday's game with Detroit.
Insight: Pierce had an ankle injury, but the official word was that he was out for "personal reasons." He's been the focal point of the Celtics' offense averaging 18.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 4.8 apg this season and 21.0 ppg and 11.6 rpg over his last three starts.
Description: Celtics small forward Paul Pierce won't be in the lineup Monday against Minnesota.
Insight: Pierce had been doubtful heading into tonight's game because of an ankle injury but according to the Celtics' Twitter account, Pierce is out for "personal reasons." The shorthanded C's will use a starting lineup of Courtney Lee, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox tonight versus the T-Wolves.
Description: Boston G/F Paul Pierce is doubtful for Monday's game against Minnesota with a sprained right ankle.
Insight: Pierce said he was just a little sore, but it looks like coach Doc Rivers is more concerned with getting ready for the playoffs and will sit him. Pierce has been huge - averaging 21.0 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 7.6 apg over his last three contests. Jeff Green would take over the offense if Pierce sits and would be a must-start option with Kevin Garnett also sidelined.
Description: Boston forward Jeff Green had his second straight 27-point game Sunday against the Knicks. He's averaging 25 ppg over his last three.
Insight: Green has been a reliable fantasy option since late January -- 16.4 ppg average in his last 31 games -- but he has really stepped it up to a star level over his last eight games, averaging 21.5 ppg. Kevin Garnett is still about a week away from returning to action so Green should be owned in all leagues.
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett is "feeling a lot better" but he won't be in the lineup Sunday versus New York. Garnett has missed the Celtics' last four games with an ankle injury. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: Garnett's noticeable improvement over the last week suggests that he could return faster than his original two-week timetable. We'd label him as questionable for Monday night's game in Minnesota.
Description: Boston guard Jason Terry had a rare 20-point game Friday against the Hawks, scoring 24 with five triples in 31 minutes.
Insight: Terry has scored 20 points exactly four times this season, his first in Boston. Courtney Lee (ankle) played just six minutes in his return to action Friday, Jordan Crawford played 21 and had five points and Avery Bradley played 26 and had eight points. Use Boston's guards at your own risk.
Description: Boston forward Jeff Green had 27 points, four assists, four rebounds, two steals, one block and three treys in 38 minutes Friday against the Hawks.
Insight: With Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo out of action, Green is carrying the Celtics on his back right now. The forward has been a reliable fantasy option since late January -- 16.0 ppg average in his last 30 games -- but he has really stepped it up to a star level over his last seven games, averaging 20.7 ppg.
Description: Boston shooting guard Courtney Lee (ankle) will return to action Friday against Atlanta but he'll do it off the bench, according to Boston broadcaster Sean Grande.
Insight: Lee is averaging 7.8 ppg this season and has little value, but not having him on the court is better for the fantasy value of Jordan Crawford. Crawford averaged 15.7 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds over his last three games but he shouldn't be used when Lee is active.
Description: Boston shooting guard Courtney Lee (ankle) will be a game-time decision Friday against the Hawks.
Insight: Lee is averaging 7.8 ppg this season and has little value, but not having him on the court is better for the fantasy value of Jason Terry and Jordan Crawford. Crawford is averaging 15.7 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds over his last three games.
Description: Boston guard Avery Bradley cut his tongue Wednesday in a win against Cleveland. SOURCE: Scott Souza, MetroWest Daily News
Insight: It sounds painful but Bradley doesn't believe the injury will prevent him from playing Friday night against the Hawks. Since Rajon Rondo went down with a season-ending knee injury, Bradley has averaged 9.6 ppg in 28 games.
Description: Paul Pierce nearly went for a triple-double Wednesday in a win over Cleveland (19 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists).
Insight: Making a rare start at shooting guard, Pierce was dominant in the game's last few minutes, producing six of his 19 points during that span. Look for the veteran to be a force in all of the major categories while Courtney Lee and Kevin Garnett are out with injuries.
Description: Boston power forward Brandon Bass netted a season-high 22 points Wednesday against Cleveland.
Insight: Bass led all players in scoring. He was 8-of-14 from the field and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe. He's got nice touch for a big man and could have sleeper potential the next two weeks in Kevin Garnett's absence.
Description: Boston forward Jeff Green made his second buzzer-beater of the season Wednesday in a 93-92 victory over Cleveland.
Insight: Green produced 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists while logging a team-high 41 minutes of court time. Green's layup at the buzzer snapped a five-game losing streak for the Celtics. Friday the C's are back home to face Atlanta.
Description: Celtics guard Jordan Crawford drew the start Tuesday with Courtney Lee out with an ankle injury and scored 14 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal, two threes and six turnovers against the Knicks.
Insight: Crawford had 21 points off the bench Saturday with Lee on the sidelines. However, Lee could get back in the lineup as early as Wednesday, so don't rush to pick up Crawford.
Description: Celtics center Kevin Garnett has been diagnosed with left ankle inflammation. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: Boston GM Danny Ainge believes he'll be out of action for the next two weeks. Jeff Green is expected to take Garnett's place in the starting lineup. Green has averaged 22 ppg in five starts this season.
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett (ankle) is headed for an MRI back in Boston and is questionable for Tuesday's game against New York.
Insight: Garnett missed two games last week with a different injury. Jeff Green, who is averaging 16.1 ppg since the All-Star break, would move into the starting lineup and should be started if Garnett is sidelined.
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett (ankle) is headed for an MRI back in Boston. He'll miss Saturday's game, according to Celtics broadcaster Sean Grande.
Insight: Garnett missed two games last week with a strained abductor muscle. Jeff Green, who is averaging 16.1 ppg since the All-Star break, will move back into the starting lineup. Green should be owned in all leagues even when Garnett returns.
Description: Boston shooting guard Courtney Lee left Friday's game against Dallas with a sprained left ankle and is questionable for Saturday at Memphis.
Insight: Despite the addition of Jordan Crawford, Lee's playing time as remained constant, however he's only scored in double-digits three times in the last 11 games. If he's not scoring his fantasy value is low.
Description: Celtics forward Paul Pierce tallied 28 points Wednesday in a loss to New Orleans.
Insight: Pierce has a reputation for making big shots in crunch time but Wednesday he couldn't deliver. His miss with 15 seconds left allowed the Hornets to get off one last shot which Anthony Davis tipped in with 0.3 seconds left. Overall Pierce was 9-of-17 from the field including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. He was a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett poured in 20 points Wednesday in his first game back from a thigh injury.
Insight: Garnett was an efficient 9-of-16 from the floor with six rebounds in 29 minutes. He's only committed one turnover over his last three games. The Celtics will look to snap their two-game losing streak Friday night against the Mavericks.
Description: As expected, Celtics center Kevin Garnett will be back in action Wednesday versus New Orleans. Garnett sat out Monday because of the flu.
Insight: Red-hot Jeff Green won't see quite as many minutes now that Garnett is back but both players are worth starting against the struggling Hornets (losers of four straight and seven of the last eight).
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett (strained thigh, flu) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game in New Orleans. Garnett was a true game-time decision before sitting out the Monday night game with the Heat and now appears ready to play his regular workload.
Insight: Garnett's return should force fantasy owners to lower their expectations toward Jeff Green who went crazy against the Heat scoring a career-high 43 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, four blocks and five 3-pointers.
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett (strained thigh, flu) missed Monday's game against the Heat and is questionable for Wednesday's game. Garnett was a true game-time decision so it seems very possible he'll return tomorrow.
Insight: Jeff Green got the start at PF with Brandon Bass moving to center and Green went crazy against the Heat scoring a career-high 43 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, four blocks and five 3-pointers.
Description: Boston forward Jeff Green blew up for a career-high 43 points Monday in a heartbreaking loss to the Heat.
Insight: Green got the start in Kevin Garnett's place and he didn't disappoint. In a team-high 40 minutes, Green shot 14-of-21 from the field including 9-of-12 in the first half. Green was especially dangerous from deep, converting on five of his seven long distance attempts. As long as Garnett is out, Green should continue to put up huge numbers.
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett won't be available for Monday's game against the Heat. He's out with a strained thigh.
Insight: Comcast's A. Sherrod Blakely also mentioned that Garnett has the flu. This means Jeff Green is going to have to step up big time for the Celtics to have any chance of extinguishing Miami's win streak.
Description: Celtics PF/C Kevin Garnett (adductor injury) did not participate in the morning shootaround which is usually a bad sign. He'll be a game-time decision.
Insight: Generally the Celtics err on the side of caution when it comes to injuries, but they could make an exception because of the magnitude of Monday night's game - against the streaking Miami Heat. If Garnett is sidelined, expect Jeff Green to start at power forward with Brandon Bass moving to center.
Description: Celtics coach Doc Rivers downplayed the severity of Kevin Garnett's adductor injury but he couldn't guarantee that Garnett would play Monday against the Heat. SOURCE: Scott Souza, MetroWest Daily News
Insight: Rivers said the injury was a "one" on a scale of one to ten. Still, Doc put Garnett's odds of playing Monday as only "50/50." Generally the Celtics err on the side of caution when it comes to injuries but they could make an exception because of the magnitude of Monday night's game. The Celtics obviously have an axe to grind with Miami after losing to them in the Eastern Conference Finals and would love to have their star center available if at all possible.
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett will sit out Saturday's game against the Bobcats because of a srained left adductor.
Insight: AKA he's out with a thigh injury. This will be the second game Garnett (14.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg) has missed this season. His first absence came last month when head coach Doc Rivers chose to rest the veteran against an inferior Phoenix team. This time it looks like KG is dealing with a real injury and might miss a few games. After Saturday's contest against Charlotte, the Celtics have a date with the rival Miami Heat Monday night at TD Garden.
Description: Boston small forward Paul Pierce reached a pair of milestones Wednesday in a 112-88 win over the Raptors.
Insight: Pierce (15 points) climbed past Charles Barkley for 20th on the all-time scoring list (23,763 career points) while simultaneously passing Allen Iverson for 10th in career free throws made (6,377). It should be a while before Pierce passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for eighth in free throws (he's tied with Dolph Schayes at 6,712) but he should pass Robert Parish for second in Celtics history in games played sometime in the near future (trails Parish by 18 games).
Description: Celtics forward Jeff Green registered a team-high 20 points Wednesday in a blowout win against the Raptors.
Insight: Green nailed seven of his 14 shots, a noticeable improvement from Tuesday when he shot just 4-of-11 in a 26-point loss to Charlotte. Green, now fully recovered from heart surgery, is finally living up to fantasy owners' expectations. Don't be surprised if Green steals a few Sixth Man of the Year votes away from leading candidates Jamal Crawford and J.R. Smith.
Description: Rumors are floating around that Celtics forward Paul Pierce could be given the day off Tuesday.
Insight: With all the injuries to the Celtics, Pierce has played a lot of minutes and done more than his normal share of the work. The team could probably beat the Bobcats without him and then he'd be rested for Wednesday's second half of a back-to-back.
Description: Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 18 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday in a come from behind win over the Pacers.
Insight: The Celtics scored the final 11 points of the game to capture the 83-81 victory. Garnett delivered the game-winning assist on a feed to Jeff Green with less than a second remaining. The veteran has now registered double-digit rebounds in three of his last four contests.
Description: Boston shooting guard Courtney Lee is probable for Wednesday's game against Indiana while dealing with blurred vision after being poked in the eye on Tuesday.
Insight: Despite the addition of Jordan Crawford, Lee's playing time as remained constant at around 28 mpg, however he's only scored in double-digits one time in the last four games. If he's not scoring his fantasy value is low.
Description: Boston forward Jeff Green had 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting with four rebounds and five assists Tuesday versus the 76ers.
Insight: Green had a great month of February with averages of 15.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks in 12 games and he has started out March with 34 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in two games. Pick him up if he's still out there.
Description: Boston forward Jeff Green was second on the team to Paul Pierce in points Friday against the Warriors with 18 on 8-of-13 shooting.
Insight: Green has been performing well for the last month as injuries have helped him get more playing time. He came into Friday's game averaging 14.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 31 minutes per game.
Description: Boston forward Jeff Green will make his first start of the season Friday against the Suns.
Insight: He's filling in for Kevin Garnett, who is a healthy scratch. Green (10.6 ppg in 24.9 mpg) should see a heavy dose of minutes the rest of the season as the Celtics have been decimated by injuries over the last month.
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett is getting the night off Friday against Phoenix.
Insight: Doc Rivers hinted at this possibility earlier in the week so fantasy owners shouldn't be totally taken aback by this decision. Garnett is one of just two centers on the Celtics roster so we'd expect Doc to go with a smaller lineup tonight with Jeff Green (10.6 ppg) and Brandon Bass (7.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg) both getting lots of minutes.
Description: Jordan Crawford is set to make his Celtics debut Friday night versus the Suns.
Insight: Boston now has five shooting guards on its roster (Avery Bradley, Crawford, Courtney Lee, Jason Terry and Terrence Williams) and no point guards. We'll see if that strategy pays off later tonight when the C's take the court against Phoenix.
Description: The Wizards have traded shooting guard Jordan Crawford to Boston in exchange for injured point guard Leandro Barbosa.
Insight: The Celtics have been looking for backcourt help ever since Rajon Rondo went down with a torn ACL and Crawford should be able to step in and contribute right away. With Bradley Beal (13.5 ppg) finally asserting himself as the Wizards' top shooting guard, Crawford (13.2 ppg) had no place in Washington anymore.
Description: Celtics forward Paul Pierce registered 26 points Wednesday against Los Angeles, but only three of those came after half time.
Insight: The Lakers built a 22-point lead in the second half, which allowed Doc Rivers to rest most of his starters during the fourth quarter. It looks like the All-Star break did Pierce some good. He had been averaging just 10.3 ppg on 8-of-38 shooting (21.1 percent) over his previous three games.
Description: Yahoo Sports reports that the Nets recently offered the Celtics Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a first-round draft selection in exhange for team captain Paul Pierce.
Insight: Two bench players for a Boston sports icon/future Hall of Famer? Nice try, Brooklyn. It's unlikely the Celtics will trade Pierce (18.3 ppg) or any of their other stars before Thursday's 3 pm trade deadline.
Description: Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports that the Celtics are on the verge of signing former Nets and Rockets guard Terrence Williams.
Insight: Williams was cut by the Pistons in preseason and hasn't been able to secure a job since. Williams (7.6 ppg in 129 career games) gives Boston some depth but he won't be a factor on the fantasy side of things.
Description: Boston small forward Paul Pierce, who admitted that he has been playing with a pinched nerve in his neck, is probable for Tuesday's game against Denver.
Insight: "The last couple of weeks, it's been better than it has been," said Pierce who admitted he's felt it for a couple of months. Pierce has been forced to carry the load for the Boston offense due to injuries at the guard position and it shows in his statistics. In seven February games he's averaging 17.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg and 7.3 apg.
Description: According to Yahoo's Marc Spears, Celtics center Kevin Garnett isn't willing to waive his no-trade clause.
Insight: That should put to rest any rumors of Garnett going to the Clippers (Los Angeles reportedly offered Boston point guard Eric Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan in a trade for Garnett). Garnett (15.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg) said this weekend's All-Star Game will be his last, leading some to believe that he will retire after the 2012-13 season.
Description: Boston small forward Paul Pierce admitted that he has been playing with a pinched nerve in his neck. SOURCE: CSNNE.com
Insight: "It's something that's been bothering me probably like the last two months," Pierce said after the Celtics 71-69 win over the Chicago Bulls. "It's getting better, though. The last couple of weeks, it's been better than it has been." As teammates have gone down around him, Pierce has been asked to play a bigger role lately. The pinched nerve shouldn't cause him to miss any time.
Description: Boston small forward Paul Pierce had a tough night offensively Wednesday against the Bulls.
Insight: So did everyone else as the two teams combined for just 140 points in 48 minutes. Pierce's eight points on 2-of-12 shooting was his lowest scoring output since January 9th when he tallied just seven points in a win over Phoenix.
Description: Power forward Brandon Bass led the Celtics in points (14), field goals (six) and minutes (40) Wednesday in a 71-69 win over Chicago.
Insight: That's the most points Bass has had in a game since November 28th against Brooklyn (16). Bass (7.6 ppg) recorded double-digit points seven times in the first month of the season but has only reached that threshold eight times since then.
Description: Boston point guard Leandro Barbosa suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury Monday against Charlotte and the team thinks it's a torn ACL, according to beat writer Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
Insight: That leaves the injury-depleted Celtics with just three healthy guards on the active roster (Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry) who should all see plenty of PT.
Description: Boston point guard Leandro Barbosa suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury Monday against Charlotte.
Insight: He's done for the night and we're guessing he's going to end up missing some games. That leaves the injury-depleted Celtics with just three healthy guards on the active roster (Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee and Jason Terry).
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett had a 20-18 double-double with six assists, two steals and three blocks in a whopping 47 minutes Sunday against the Nuggets.
Insight: Boston and Denver battled for three overtimes and Garnett played 17 minutes more than his season average. Like Paul Pierce, Garnett has stepped up his production since Rajon Rondo went down -- he's averaging 17.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks in the last seven games. You have to wonder how all these minutes will affect the 36-year-old Garnett going forward. Luckily the All-Star break is coming up to give Boston's veterans time to rest.
Description: Celtics forward Paul Pierce had a triple-double -- 27 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists -- in a triple-overtime thriller Sunday against the Nuggets. Pierce made five threes and played 54 minutes in the game.
Insight: Pierce has been asked to take on more responsibilities with Rajon Rondo out for the season. In seven games since Rondo tore his ACL, Pierce is averaging 18.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game and the Celtics are 7-0. The 54 minutes have to be a concern for owners of the 35-year-old Pierce, especially with another game looming Monday night at Charlotte.
Description: Comcast New England reports that Celtics guard Rajon Rondo's ACL injury is only a partial tear. He should be recovered in six months, meaning that he could be ready for the start of the 2013-14 regular season.
Insight: That's certainly good news for the Celtics, though it has no bearing on this season's fantasy implications. Rondo was the only true point guard on Boston's roster so the Celtics have been forced to go with a point guard by committee in his absence. Paul Pierce has been the main distributor with Rondo out, producing 6.2 apg in his last six contests.
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett led the way with 27 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday against the Raptors.
Insight: That's a new season-high in points for the 18-year veteran. Garnett needs just six points Thursday against the Lakers to reach 25,000 for his career. He'll be the 16th player in NBA history to reach that mark.
Description: There have been conflicting reports about whether or not the Celtics have had discussions with the Clippers about trading power forward/center Kevin Garnett.
Insight: The Sporting News reported that the Clippers were looking to make a deal while ESPN's Chris Broussard insists that the two sides haven't discussed a trade. Ramona Shelburne from ESPN Los Angeles says that Garnett will only waive his no-trade clause if Paul Pierce is also traded, which would make a Garnett to L.A. deal seem very unlikely.
Description: Paul Pierce's three with 2.5 seconds to go was the nail in the coffin as the Celtics beat the Clippers 106-104 at TD Garden on Sunday.
Insight: Sunday was Pierce's first 20-point game in over a week. Pierce (22 points) has mostly been used as a point forward with Rajon Rondo out of the lineup but today he returned to his more familiar role as the team's go-to scorer. The four three-pointers Pierce sank Sunday were his most since January 2nd against the Grizzlies.
Description: Celtics forward Paul Pierce had 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in 29 minutes Friday.
Insight: With Rajon Rondo out with a torn ACL, the Celtics need someone to play the role of creator. Pierce has handed out 21 assists in the three games Boston has played since Rondo suffered the injury. He has also grabbed double-digit boards in three straight.
Description: Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (back) is questionable for Friday's game against Orlando after receiving treatment on his back Thursday afternoon. he missed the Friday morning shootaround.
Insight: Sullinger dealt with back issues throughout college. Brandon Bass would receive the biggest boost in minutes if Sullinger has to miss Friday's game.
Description: Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (back) received treatment on his back Thursday afternoon. SOURCE: Mark Murphy, Boston Herald
Insight: Sullinger dealt with back issues throughout college and they caused him to drop in the 2012 NBA Draft. Sullinger remains day-to-day and will miss his first practice of the season Thursday. Brandon Bass would receive the biggest boost in minutes if Sullinger has to miss Friday's game.
Description: Celtics forward Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of Wednesday night's game against Sacramento because of back spasms.
Insight: Sullinger fell to the end of the first round at last year's draft because of back issues and apparently they haven't gone away. Brandon Bass should see most of the minutes at power forward now that Sullinger is out.
Description: A Boston Globe reports suggests that Leandro Barbosa will see an uptick in minutes now that starting point guard Rajon Rondo is out for the year with a torn ACL.
Insight: Barbosa saw 30 minutes of playing time Sunday against the Heat, his most since November 15th at Brooklyn. Barbosa is only averaging 2.4 apg for his career so we wouldn't expect him to contribute much in that category but he's been an effective scorer when given the chance (12.1 ppg in 622 career games).
Description: Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with 24 points Sunday in a 100-98 win against Miami.
Insight: Garnett has scored at least 20 points in each of his last two games, something he hadn't been able to do all season before today. Both games went into double-overtime, which was certainly a factor in Garnett's ability to fill up the stat sheet.
Description: Celtics forward Paul Pierce broke out of a slump by posting his first triple-double of the season Sunday in a win over the Heat.
Insight: He finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. The Celtics are going to need their captain to step up big time over the next few months now that Rajon Rondo is out with an ACL tear. Pierce could get some minutes at shooting guard while Rondo is out with Jeff Green occupying Pierce's usual position at small forward.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo's knee injury is much worse that a hyperextension. His MRI Sunday revealed a torn ACL, and he is out for the rest of the season. SOURCE: Mark Murphy, Boston Herald
Insight: The date for Rondo's surgery will be determined. This is a massive blow to Boston's playoff chances. The team really doesn't have a formidable backup point guard. Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee split those duties Sunday but we could see Jason Terry and even Leandro Barbosa get PG minutes the rest of the season.
Description: Boston power forward Chris Wilcox is questionable for Tuesday's game against Cleveland after spending a month sidelined by a sprained right thumb.
Insight: Wilcox hasn't played since Dec. 18 and has only cracked double-digit points once this season. His fantasy value is near zero as the team has gotten good mileage out of rookie PF Jared Sullinger who is averaging 7.9 ppg and 8.5 rpg this month.
Description: Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley (ribs) is doubtful to play Sunday, coach Doc Rivers said. SOURCE: Gary Washburn, Boston Globe
Insight: Washburn noted that Bradley was working out on the court when Rivers said that, so there's still a chance he will go Sunday but we wouldn't count on it. If you still own Jason Terry, get him in the lineup.
Description: Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley (ribs) will sit Friday against the Bulls. SOURCE: A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE.com
Insight: Bradley is averaging 8.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 23.5 minutes over eight games since making his season debut. Jason Terry and Courtney Lee will see more playing time Friday.
Description: Celtics center Kevin Garnett was voted in as a starter for next month's All-Star Game in Houston.
Insight: Obviously the story here is that Garnett, who is making his 15th All-Star appearance, will be starting alongside his archnemesis Carmelo Anthony. The two nearly came to blows outside Madison Square Garden last week after Anthony took exception to some of Garnett's trash-talking. Buckle up, folks. Things are about to get interesting.
Description: Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley is questionable for Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls after sustaining a rib injury on Wednesday. SOURCE: A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE.com
Insight: Bradley is averaging 8.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 23.5 minutes over eight games since making his season debut. He should only get better as the season goes on, but probably will only make for a deep-league guard option.
Description: Celtics guard Jason Terry was held scoreless in 15 minutes of play on Monday against Charlotte.
Insight: Terry is averaging just 5.1 points in 23 minutes over seven games since Avery Bradley returned to action. Courtney Lee has played even less in that time. Both players can be cut loose in all fantasy leagues.
Description: Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo had his third triple-double of the season and second of January Monday against the Bobcats. Rondo shot 8-of-11 and made 1-1 from the foul line for 17 points with 10 rebounds, 12 assists and just two turnovers.
Insight: Rondo's lack of threes, poor free-throw percentage (.644) and high turnover totals (3.6) are what prevent him from being an elite fantasy point guard but he's still a must-start player.
Description: Boston center Kevin Garnett had a season-high four blocks Friday in a win over Houston.
Insight: Garnett now has six blocks in his last two games. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he's only averaging 14.8 ppg this season, his lowest mark since 2009-10. Garnett hasn't had a 20-point game since November 25th when he had 24 against the Magic.
Description: Celtics forward Jared Sullinger collected a career-high 16 rebounds Wednesday against Phoenix.
Insight: On a night when Boston's starters struggled (40 points on 18-of-49 shooting), Sullinger and Jeff Green stepped up with a combined 26 points and 19 boards off the bench. Sullinger played a team-high 34 minutes in the win. It looks like the 20-year-old has a bright future ahead of him in Beantown.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo should return from his one-game suspension for Wednesday's game against Phoenix.
Insight: Rondo is still an assist machine, averaging 11.3 per game for the season, though just 8.4 over his last nine games. The punishment was for an incident Rondo had with an official Saturday night in Atlanta. It's the second time Rondo's been suspended this season.
Description: Boston forward Paul Pierce continued his tradition of annihilating the Knicks Monday night in New York. The veteran finished with 23 points including a three-pointer to put the game out of reach with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter.
Insight: Pierce did his usual showboating, parading around the court after his big three and blowing kisses to the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Pierce is now averaging 23.6 ppg in 51 career games against the Knicks. Even at age 35, Pierce remains a must-start in all fantasy formats.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended for Monday's game against the Knicks.
Insight: The punishment stems from an incident Rondo had with an official Saturday night in Atlanta. It's already the second time Rondo's been suspended this season and the fourth time he's been banned in the last two years. Jason Terry (11 ppg) is expected to start in Rondo's place.
Description: Boston waived rookie forward Kris Joseph on Sunday.
Insight: Joseph has only played six times this season, averaging four minutes per game. The Syracuse product didn't have an opportunity to really contribute playing behind Paul Pierce and Jeff Green at small forward. Joseph could see more minutes playing somewhere else but we're not optimistic about his chances of becoming a fantasy contributor.
Description: Celtics small forward Paul Pierce piled up 26 points Saturday night in a win over the Hawks.
Insight: Seventeen of those 26 points came in the third quarter (Pierce actually outscored Atlanta 17-9 in the period). Pierce (19.8 ppg) is seeking to become the oldest player to average 20 points or more in a season since Michael Jordan averaged 20 ppg at age 40 back in 2002-03. That was Jordan's final season in the NBA.
Description: Boston shooting guard Jason Terry only played 15 minutes and shot 2-of-8 from the field on Friday against the Pacers.
Insight: Terry and Courtney Lee are both marooned on the bench now that Avery Bradley has returned to the starting lineup. Terry has only attempted 13 total shots in the two games Bradley has played. With 11.2 ppg, 2.0 reb, 2.1 ast, 1.8 3pm, 1.0 stl and a .873 free-throw percentage, Terry still has fantasy value but it's fading fast.
Description: Celtics big man Kevin Garnett was ejected in the fourth quarter on Friday against Indiana for a flagrant-2 foul on Tyler Hansbrough
Insight: Garnett scored 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting with seven rebounds prior to exiting. The veteran will likely see a hefty fine on par with the fines Charlie Villanueva ($25,000) and Dwight Howard ($35,000) were given recently for their flagrant-2 fouls.
Description: Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley (shoulder) started but only played 19 minutes and 31 seconds in his season debut on Wednesday against Memphis. Bradley finished with four points and one steal.
Insight: Bradley hadn't played this season after having offseason surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder. The third-year guard averaged 12.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 28 starts last season but also didn't have to share shooting guard minutes with Jason Terry and Courtney Lee, both of whom were acquired in the offseason.
Description: Celtics rookie Fab Melo admitted he was called up from the D-League to receive treatment for a concussion.
Insight: Melo said he suffered the concussion when he walked into a door in his hotel room. This comes after he accidentally broke a folding chair he was sitting on during a rookie photo shoot. Hopefully the former Syracuse center will resolve to be less clumsy in 2013.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo (hip) will start alongside Avery Bradley on Wednesday. SOURCE: Sean Grande, Celtics play-by-play broadcaster
Insight: Rondo played 36 minutes on Sunday, scoring just two points on 1-of-6 shooting but missed Tuesday's practice, leading us to believe that the sore hip/thigh was still bothering him. Bradley will be making his season debut following a lengthy rehab from a dislocated left shoulder.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo (hip) is questionable for Wednesday's game after struggling in Sunday's game and missing Tuesday's practice.
Insight: Rondo played 36 minutes on Sunday, scoring just two points on 1-of-6 shooting. Missing practice means the bruised hip/thigh is still bothering him. The good news for Celtics' fans is that Leandro Barbosa returned Sunday from a personal absence and Avery Bradley is expected to make his season debut. Still, that doesn't help Rondo's fantasy owners who will still have to start a less than completely healthy point guard.
Description: Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley (shoulder) said he expects to return for Wednesday's game against Memphis. He should return as Boston's starting shooting guard.
Insight: Bradley averaged 12.3 points on 50.4 percent shooting with 2.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.5 minutes per game in 28 starts last season. His return will push Courtney Lee further away from fantasy relevance, as we expect Jason Terry to receive most of the minutes as Bradley's backup.
Description: Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley (shoulder) will start upon his return to the lineup. "We had him markered down, not penciled, before the year that he was going to be the starter," Boston coach Doc Rivers said. SOURCE: A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE.com
Insight: Bradley will likely return Wednesday against the Grizzlies barring a last-minute change of plans. He averaged 12.3 points on 50.4 percent shooting with 2.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.5 minutes per game in 28 starts last season. His return will push Courtney Lee further away from fantasy relevance, as we expect Jason Terry to receive most of the minutes as Bradley's backup.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo (hip) is questionable for Wednesday's game after missing Tuesday's practice. SOURCE: Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston.com
Insight: Rondo returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing Saturday's game but struggled in 36 minutes, scoring two points on 1-of-6 shooting. Tuesday's absence means the bruised hip/thigh is still bothering him.
Description: Boston point guard Rajon Rondo returned to the lineup Sunday against Sacramento but had one of his worst games of the season. He finished with just two points and 10 assists in 36 minutes.
Insight: After starting the season 12-9, the Celtics have now lost seven of their last nine games including all three on their West Coast swing. Perhaps Avery Bradley's return to the lineup Wednesday against Memphis will be the spark Boston needs to get back on track.
Description: Boston guard Rajon Rondo isn't sure if he'll be able to play Sunday after missing Saturday's game with a bruised hip and thigh. "I honestly don't know," Rondo said. "I'm trying to." SOURCE: Steve Bulpett, Boston Herald
Insight: Rondo leads the NBA in assists but also is turning the ball over 3.7 times per game. Courtney Lee started in place of Rondo Saturday and scored 18 points but failed to record an assist. In fact, the Celtics' assist leader on Saturday was Kevin Garnett with four. Boston plays at Sacramento at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Description: Boston guard Rajon Rondo won't play Saturday against the Warriors. He's dealing with a bruised hip.
Insight: Rondo must have suffered the injury during Thursday night's blowout loss against the Clippers. Earlier this season Rondo had a streak of 37 games in a row with 10 or more assists. In his last six games, he's only reached double-digit assists once. Courtney Lee (6.5 ppg) is likely to get the start in Rondo's place.
Description: Boston guard Leandro Barbosa is not expected to return from home until Saturday.
Insight: Barbosa is tending to a family matter. Even when he returns, Barbosa has little fantasy value. He's averaging just 12 minutes of playing time behind All-Star guard Rajon Rondo and putting up five points per game.
Description: Boston rookie PF Jared Sullinger was huge off the bench for the Celtics on Christmas Day, scoring 16 points with seven rebounds.
Insight: Sullinger has been praised by coach Doc Rivers, but he's also been limited by the coach's rotation that has kept him under 18 minutes of playing time per game. This was his first double-digit game in a month.
Description: Celtics forward/center Kevin Garnett didn't force much offense, taking just eight shots as Boston dominated the Nets from the start of the second quarter to the final buzzer. Garnett finished with eight points, 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two blocks.
Insight: Garnett had an excellent season a year ago, scoring 15.8 points with 8.2 rebounds and is putting up similar numbers so far this year. The eight point game breaks a string of 25 consecutive games scoring in the double figures.
Description: After averaging 13 assists per game through November, Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has averaged just 11.1 in nine December games and 9.0 in his last four contests.
Insight: The Celtics have lost three of their last four games and Rondo has been inconsistent scoring 20 or more in two games and six points in the other two. He's still a must start because he has the potential to explode at any point, but we are a little concerned with his drop in production.
Description: Boston guard Leandro Barbosa is out for Tuesday's game against Brooklyn, but is expected to return for Thursday's game with the streaking Los Angeles Clippers.
Insight: Barbosa is tending to a family matter. Even when he returns, Barbosa has little fantasy value. He's averaging just 12 minutes of playing time behind All-Star guard Rajon Rondo and putting up five points per game.
Description: Celtics forward Jeff Green is probable for Tuesday's game against Brooklyn after he suffered a bruised cheek Friday against the Bucks. He also chipped a couple of teeth as he took an elbow to the face from Ersan Ilyasova while fighting for a rebound.
Insight: Green is averaging 9.4 ppg and 3.0 rpg, not really a fantasy-worthy level and not what he used to produce when he was with the Thunder.
Description: Earlier in the week it was reported that Boston guard Avery Bradley would make his return January 2nd against Memphis but now it appears he could return even sooner.
Insight: Scott Souza of the MetroWest Daily News is reporting that Avery could be available during the team's four game road-trip which runs from Christmas through December 30th. Bradley has missed the whole season so far while recovering from multiple shoulder surgeries.
Description: Comcast New England reports Celtics forward Jeff Green suffered a bruised cheek Friday against the Bucks. He also chipped a couple of teeth.
Insight: The injury occurred with less than 20 seconds remaining in overtime when Green got elbowed in the face battling with Ersan Ilyasova for a rebound. Green is probably in a bit of pain right now but he should be fine for Tuesday's Christmas Day matchup with the Nets.
Description: Celtics forward Jeff Green left Friday's game after getting elbowed in the face by Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova.
Insight: Green was on the ground holding his face for several minutes and needed to be helped to the locker room. He could be dealing with a broken nose. Luckily he'll have a few days to heal up before Boston's next game Christmas Day against Brooklyn.
Description: Boston shooting guard Jason Terry had another miserable shooting night Friday against Milwaukee. He made just one of 15 field goals for four points.
Insight: Terry wasn't the only Celtic who struggled on Friday. Kevin Garnett was just as useless on the offensive end, converting on just six of his 22 attempts. With two of their starters shooting 7-for-37, it's a miracle Boston even made it to overtime.
Description: Boston small forward Paul Pierce had another big night Friday against Milwaukee. He finished with 35 points on 13-of-23 shooting including a game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation.
Insight: Pierce also chipped in with a dozen boards. He's averaging 21 ppg this season, his highest total since 2006-07 when he averaged 25 ppg.