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Jae Crowder Headshot

Crowder delivered 18 points (6-12 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds and four assists from 40 minutes in Tuesday's 112-99 Game 4 loss in Cleveland.

It was an admirable performance from Crowder as the C's try to make up for the loss of Isaiah Thomas (hip). Crowder led Boston with eight boards, but Cleveland out-rebounded Boston 37 to 29, highlighting an on-going problem for the Celtics. With Amir Johnson also out (shoulder), Crowder played some power forward in Boston's smaller lineups. Expect more big minutes from Crowder as the series returns to Boston Thursday for Game 5.
9:13 am (EST)
Marcus Smart Headshot

Smart produced eight points (1-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six assists, one rebound and one steal across 40 minutes during a 112-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

After a red hot Game 3, Smart somewhat predictably cooled off in a big way in the Game 4 loss, as he made just one field goal attempt. He is clearly going to get a ton of minutes with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out, so he could rebound for another big performance in Game 5. But with him, it's hard to predict.
Yesterday 11:54 pm (EST)
Avery Bradley Headshot

Bradley contributed 19 points (7-19 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two steals across 39 minutes during a 112-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Bradley's 19 points marked a team high but he needed 19 field goal attempts to get there. It was his third straight game of the series in which he has shot below 40 percent from the field. Despite the poor field goal percentage, Bradley is getting his points, as he scored at least 19 points for the fifth time in the last seven outings.
Yesterday 11:53 pm (EST)
LeBron James Headshot

James recorded 34 points (15-27 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block across 38 minutes during a 112-99 win over the Celtics on Tuesday.

James bounced back from a passive Game 3 performance with his 10th 30-point game of these playoffs. He was mostly unstoppable on the offensive end, as he shot better than 50 percent for the 11th time in 12 playoff games. On a bit of a sour note, however, after he had shot extremely well from beyond the arc in the first two round of the playoffs, James has taken a step back as he's gone 6-of-22 from three-point land in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Yesterday 11:53 pm (EST)
Kyrie Irving Headshot

Irving totaled 42 points (15-22 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 8-9 FT), four assists and three rebounds across 41 minutes during a 112-99 win over the Celtics on Tuesday.

Irving turned in his best offensive game of these playoffs as his 42 points marked a game high. He got his points in efficient fashion, which continued a recent trend. In his last three games, Irving has shot better than 60 percent from the field. The hot streak comes after he had shot below 50 percent in seven consecutive games. It look like he has really found his groove with the team now one win away from the Finals.
Yesterday 11:52 pm (EST)
Amir Johnson Headshot

Updating a previous reports, Johnson (shoulder) will be available off the bench for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, David Aldridge of NBA.com reports.

It sounds like Johnson will be available in an emergency situation, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was held out for the entire contest as originally expected while he deals with a AC joint sprain in his right shoulder. Kelly Olynyk has already been announced as a starter and should see an uptick in minutes, while Jonas Jerebko is also likely to see more playing time off the bench in the frontcourt.
Yesterday 8:27 pm (EST)
Kelly Olynyk Headshot

Olynyk will enter the starting five for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

Amir Johnson is expected to miss Tuesday's game with a shoulder injury, so coach Brad Stevens has opted to go with Olynyk as his replacement in the top unit. Olynyk has averaged just 15.7 minutes over the first three games of the series, but should push for a much bigger role during Game 4. Jonas Jerebko also figures to see an uptick in minutes in the frontcourt off the bench.
Yesterday 7:08 pm (EST)
Amir Johnson Headshot

Johnson (shoulder) has been ruled out for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Michael Eaves of ESPN.com reports.

Johnson's injury is being listed as a sprained right AC joint in his shoulder and it's giving him enough discomfort where he'll have to remain on the sidelines Tuesday. Gerald Green has been rotating in and out of the starting lineup when the Celtics have gone smaller, but going up against the Cavaliers' frontcourt of Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson could prompt coach Brad Stevens to go with a bigger option in Kelly Olynyk or Jonas Jerebko with the top unit.
Yesterday 6:34 pm (EST)
Deron Williams Headshot

Williams (illness) will play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics on Tuesday, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.

Williams was held out of the team's shootaround Tuesday morning, but after receiving treatment throughout the day, he's feeling good enough to take the court. That said, he's struggled to get anything going while coming in with the second unit and has averaged just 12.7 minutes over the first three games of this series, so he's likely not an intriguing DFS option for Tuesday's slate.
Yesterday 6:26 pm (EST)
Josh McRoberts Headshot

McRoberts has officially accepted his $6 million player option for the 2017-18 season with the Heat, Zach Lowe of ESPN reports.

McRoberts saw just 22 games during the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 4.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists across 17.3 minutes per game. He was sidelined most of the season with a fracture in his left foot.
Yesterday 5:06 pm (EST)
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