Terrence Jones Headshot

Terrence Jones will start for the Pelicans on Friday.

Added 11/04/16 5:57 pm (EST)   Source
Terrance Jones came off the bench for the Pelicans against the Grizzlies the other day. In that game he put up seven points, nine rebounds and two assist over 28 minutes played. The Grizzlies rank ninth in points allowed to power forwards. Tonight, Jones draws a much more favorable matchup against the Phoenix Suns, who rank ninth worst in points allowed to PFs. This makes Jones, getting his first start of the year, a nice start in daily or seasonal leagues.
Jae Crowder Headshot

Crowder is dealing with a groin injury, but is considered probable going into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers on Thursday, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports.

Added Yesterday 5:07 pm (EST)
Crowder was noticeably hobbled during Game 4, but was still able to play 40 minutes and record 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists. With the Celtics on the brink of elimination, Crowder is fully expected to again play through his injury and as long as the pain isn't too much to handle, look for him to take on his full complement of minutes. Crowder's status should be updated again after Thursday's morning shootaround.
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown is questionable for Thursday's Game 5 against the Cavaliers.

Added Yesterday 5:02 pm (EST)
Brown likely suffered the injury during Game 4, but was able to play through it. Through the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals, he's averaged a modest 9.5 points and 3.8 rebounds across 19.3 minutes per game, though his potential absence would be magnified considering the loss of Isaiah Thomas. If he's unable to give it a go, expect the likes of Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and Marcus Smart to all possibly see additional run.
Amir Johnson Headshot

Johnson (shoulder) is considered probable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday against the Cavaliers, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports.

Added Yesterday 5:01 pm (EST)
Johnson was reportedly available off the bench in an emergency situation for Game 4 on Tuesday, so it's not surprising he's expected to again be available for Game 5. That said, even if he does get cleared as anticipated, it's unclear if he'll take back the starting role from Kelly Olynyk. Johnson averaged just 8.7 minutes over the first three games of this series, so even at full strength, he's not a great fantasy option. Look for his status to be updated after Thursday's morning shootaround.
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.

Added Yesterday 9:13 am (EST)
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.
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.

Added 05/23/17 11:54 pm (EST)
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.
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.

Added 05/23/17 11:53 pm (EST)
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.
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.

Added 05/23/17 11:53 pm (EST)
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.
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.

Added 05/23/17 11:52 pm (EST)
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.
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.

Added 05/23/17 8:27 pm (EST)
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.
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.

Added 05/23/17 7:08 pm (EST)
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.
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