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Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday (illness) questionable Saturday
Sat, May 25, 2024, 7:04 AM
NBA Injury Report
Jrue Holiday is questionable for Saturday's matchup with Indiana due to a non-COVID illness.
Analysis: Kristaps Porzingis has already been ruled out, so if Holiday is absent for Game 3, the Celtics will be down two starters. Boston holds a 2-0 series lead, but Indiana is undefeated at home in this season's playoffs. Holiday has been big through the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, sporting averages of 21.5 points and 9.0 assists. Derrick White would presumably start at PG in Holiday's place, while one of Payton Pritchard or Sam Hauser would join the starting five alongside Al Horford, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Luke Kornet
Luke Kornet (wrist) doubtful for Game 3 Saturday
Fri, May 24, 2024, 11:13 AM
Boston Celtics on Twitter
Luke Kornet (left wrist sprain) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Pacers.
Analysis: Kornet injured his wrist during the first half of Boston's Game 2 victory on Thursday and did not return. Oshae Brissett picked up rotation minutes in his absence but is unlikely to play enough to impact DFS tournaments if Kornet cannot play on Saturday.
Derrick White
Derrick White turns in 23/4/6/1/1 line in Game 2
Thu, May 23, 2024, 5:34 PM
Derrick White posted a full line on Thursday with 23 points (8-of-15 FGs), four rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers against Indiana.
Analysis: White came alive in the second half of this game and had 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting after halftime, which resulted in a full stat line for him. White was phenomenal against Miami, but he struggled for most of the Cleveland series and in Game 1 against the Pacers. However, if this second half performance can spark something for him, they shouldn't have any issues advancing to the NBA Finals. Jayson Tatum also joined White in scoring exactly 23 points, and they'll look to keep the offense up in Game 3 in Indiana on Saturday.
Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday records double-double in Game 2 win
Thu, May 23, 2024, 4:54 PM
Jrue Holiday recorded a double-double on Thursday with 15 points (6-of-7 FGs), three rebounds, 10 assists and three triples against the Pacers in Game 2.
Analysis: Holiday did most of his work in the first half of this game, but after being relatively quiet through the first two rounds, he turned in his second straight excellent performance. After having his highest scoring game of the playoffs in Game 1, Holiday followed that up with his first double-double of this postseason. That helped them take a 2-0 lead in this series, which leaves them two wins away from the NBA Finals. This is the player that Boston traded for this summer that they hoped would put them over the edge. If he continues to play to this level, it just might work out.
Jaylen Brown
Jaylen Brown drops 40 in Game 2 win over Indiana
Thu, May 23, 2024, 4:47 PM
Jaylen Brown led Boston with 40 points (14-of-27 FGs, 8-of-11 FTs), five rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in a 126-110 win over Indiana in Game 2 on Thursday.
Analysis: Brown obviously felt like he deserved to be on an All-NBA team, and he made sure to let the league know that he felt disrespected. He got off to a hot start and scored 24 points before halftime and went on to have his highest scoring game of this postseason. He made the All-NBA second team last season, and he did receive 50 third place votes this year, which made him the last name off the ballot. His performance was huge in helping them win Game 2, which was something they didn't do in the first two rounds of this postseason. He'll look to keep it going in Game 3 on Saturday as the series shifts to Indiana.
Luke Kornet
Luke Kornet (wrist) questionable to return Thurs.
Thu, May 23, 2024, 3:50 PM
Tim Bontemps on X
Luke Kornet (left wrist sprain) is questionable to return to Game 2 against the Pacers on Thursday.
Analysis: Kornet exited before halftime with this wrist issue and may be sidelined for at least the remainder of the game. Oshae Brissett has already filled out some minutes in his place, and he has played well. He won't contribute much statistically, but he appears to be the replacement for Kornet.
Xavier Tillman
Xavier Tillman (personal) active Thursday
Thu, May 23, 2024, 7:04 AM
NBA injury report
Xavier Tillman (personal reasons) is listed as active for Thursday's Game 2 matchup between the Celtics and Pacers.
Analysis: Tillman wasn't with his team for Game 1 because of personal reasons but will be available on Thursday. The reserve big man might give Boston some spot minutes off the pine but isn't expected to play a significant role.
Xavier Tillman
Xavier Tillman (personal) questionable for Game 2
Wed, May 22, 2024, 11:44 AM
NBA Injury Report
Xavier Tillman (personal reasons) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Pacers.
Analysis: Tillman was not with the Celtics for Tuesday's overtime victory. His absence did not impact the Celtics' rotation, as he's no higher than third in the pecking order behind Al Horford and Luke Kornet.
Jaylen Brown
Jaylen Brown finishes Game 1 win with 26 points
Tue, May 21, 2024, 5:27 PM
Jaylen Brown logged 44 minutes in Tuesday's 133-128 overtime win over Indiana, finishing with 26 points (10-of-20 FGs, 5-of-8 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block, and one 3-pointer.
Analysis: After scoring just 11 points in Boston's series-clinching win over Cleveland on May 15, Brown got his Eastern Conference Finals off to a good start. The Celtics star has scored 26 points or more in three of the team's last four games, shooting 50% or better in each. What also has DFS players pleased is the production in other categories, most notably the assists, steals, and blocks. While Brown was responsible for seven assists in that Game 5 victory over Cleveland, the four “stocks” are the most in a game for him this postseason. Boston will need similar efforts against the Pacers, who also possess a potent offensive attack.
Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday tallies 28 points, eight assists
Tue, May 21, 2024, 5:11 PM
Jrue Holiday played 48 minutes in Tuesday's 133-128 overtime win over Indiana, amassing 28 points (10-of-16 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and four 3-pointers.
Analysis: Holiday has seemingly found his groove after struggling to begin this postseason. He's shot 54.5% or better in each of Boston's last four games, and the 28 points scored in Tuesday's Game 1 were a postseason high. Holiday was also effective as a distributor and rebounder, with five of his seven boards coming on the offensive end of the floor. With Derrick White (15/6/9/2/1 with three 3-pointers) shooting 5-of-13 from the field, Holiday scoring as efficiently as he did gave the Celtics a welcome boost. Game 2 is on Thursday night.
Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum posts 36/12/4/3 line in Game 1 win
Tue, May 21, 2024, 5:07 PM
Jayson Tatum shot 12-of-26 from the field and 10-of-12 from the foul line in Tuesday's 133-128 overtime win over the Pacers, scoring 36 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two 3-pointers in 45 minutes.
Analysis: Tatum led all scorers with 36 points, and his 3-pointer with a little over 42 seconds remaining in overtime gave Boston a four-point lead. From there, the Celtics did what they needed to do to sew up Game 1. Tatum shot 2-of-8 from three but was considerably more efficient inside the arc. Both teams had some miscues down the stretch, with Boston benefitting from Indiana's fourth-quarter errors to force overtime. Tatum and the Celtics will look to play a cleaner game on Thursday when the teams reconvene for Game 2.
Kristaps Porzingis
Woj: Kristaps Porzingis could return by Game 4
Tue, May 21, 2024, 1:54 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Kristaps Porzingis (right soleus strain) could return to action as soon as Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Analysis: Porzingis has been sidelined since straining the soleus muscle in his right calf on April 30 against the Heat. While he will not play in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, there's optimism that the 7-foot-3 big man will play at some point. According to Wojnarowski, that could be as soon as Game 4 in Indianapolis (May 27). Al Horford will start until Porzingis is cleared to play.
Xavier Tillman
Xavier Tillman (personal) ruled out for Game 1
Tue, May 21, 2024, 9:56 AM
NBA Injury Report
Xavier Tillman (personal reasons) has been downgraded to out for Game 1 against Indiana on Tuesday.
Analysis: Tillman didn't play in the final three games of the second round and has played a total of 25 minutes this postseason. His absence will not have an impact on Boston's rotation as they kick off the Eastern Conference Finals.
Xavier Tillman
Xavier Tillman (personal) questionable Tuesday
Mon, May 20, 2024, 12:55 PM
NBA injury report
Xavier Tillman (personal reasons) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's matchup between the Celtics and Pacers.
Analysis: Tillman didn't play in any of the Celtics previous three playoff games and isn't likely to be a key rotation player against the Pacers on Tuesday.
Kristaps Porzingis
Woj: Porzingis likely to miss Games 1 and 2 of ECF
Fri, May 17, 2024, 2:13 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Kristaps Porzingis (right soleus strain) is unlikely to be available for Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Analysis: Injured during Game 4 of Boston's first-round matchup with Miami, Porzingis missed Game 5 of that series and the second-round (five games) against Cleveland. On May 4, the 7-foot-3 big man said he was “slowly making progress” in his recovery, with the Celtics considering him to be week-to-week. Regardless of who the Celtics draw in the conference finals, Games 1 and 2 will be played on Tuesday (May 21) and Thursday (May 23) of next week. According to Wojnarowski, there is optimism that Porzingis will be available at some point in the series, with Boston taking on either New York or Indiana. Al Horford will remain in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future.
Al Horford
Al Horford makes history with stellar Game 5
Wed, May 15, 2024, 3:41 PM
NBA History on Twitter
Al Horford finished Wednesday's 113-98 win over Cleveland with 22 points (8-of-15 FGs), 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal, three blocks, and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
Analysis: While Cleveland may have attempted to target Horford in the two-man game this series, the 37-year-old pivot made them pay in Game 5. He became the oldest player in NBA history to tally at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five 3-pointers in a playoff game, passing LeBron James. Horford has been influential this season, especially with Kristaps Porzingis (calf) sidelined. That will remain the case in the conference finals, whether the Celtics draw New York or Indiana.
Derrick White
Derrick White hits four triples, scores 18 points
Wed, May 15, 2024, 3:33 PM
Derrick White shot 7-of-17 from the field in Wednesday's win over the Cavaliers, accounting for 18 points, five rebounds, six assists, two blocks, and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Analysis: All five Celtics starters finished Game 5 in double figures, with White being one of three to score at least 18 points. And this was a much-needed performance, as he shot 8-of-30 from the field in Games 2 through 4. White helped make up for Jaylen Brown, who finished with just 11 points while accounting for four rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, and one 3-pointer. Brown took on more of a facilitator role, opening up scoring opportunities for his teammates. White having a better night in Game 5 should give him some positive momentum heading into the conference finals, with the Celtics set to host either New York or Indiana in Game 1 next week.
Jayson Tatum
Jayson Tatum records 25/10/9/4 line in clincher
Wed, May 15, 2024, 3:24 PM
Jayson Tatum played 43 minutes in Wednesday's 113-98 win over the Cavaliers, amassing 25 points (9-of-16 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 10 rebounds, nine assists, four steals, and three 3-pointers.
Analysis: The Celtics may not have blown out the shorthanded Cavaliers as many expected, but the team with the NBA's best record handled its business to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. Tatum finished one assist shy of a triple-double and was highly efficient in Game 5, shooting over 50% from the field while committing only one turnover. Boston has reached the conference finals in three straight and six of the last eight postseasons. Next up is either New York or Indiana, with the Knicks leading that series three games to two.
Jaylen Brown
Jaylen Brown puts up 27 points, Boston goes up 3-1
Mon, May 13, 2024, 4:02 PM
Jaylen Brown lit up the Cavaliers with 27 points (9-of-15 FGs), eight rebounds, one assist, two triples and five turnovers on Monday.
Analysis: Aside from a “subpar” performance in their Game 2 loss, Brown has been fantastic this series. He has now scored at least 25 points in five games this postseason, three of which have been in this series. The Jays have been unstoppable, and there's no reason to think that they won't stay hot in Game 5 with the series shifting back to Boston. Securing this win will give them a chance to close out the series at home on Wednesday and make a return to the conference finals for the third straight year and the fourth time in the last five years. The difference this time is that the Heat won't be their opponent.
Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday turns in 16/7/5/3/1 line in Game 4
Mon, May 13, 2024, 3:47 PM
Jrue Holiday posted a full line on Monday with 16 points (6-of-11 FGs), seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and four triples against Cleveland in Game 4.
Analysis: Holiday has been a disappointment this postseason, but he has been much better over their last two games. After scoring in double figures in just three of their first seven playoff games, Holiday averaged 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 block and 3.5 triples in their two games in Cleveland. He is playing like the star they acquired this summer to help push them over the edge, and if he continues to produce to this level, they won't have any issues closing out the Cavs on Wednesday and advancing to the conference finals.

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