Isaiah Thomas Headshot

Thomas (knee) will return to action Monday against the Wizards, Celtics' play-by-plan man Sean Grande reports.

Added 03/20/17 5:51 pm (EST)
A bone bruise on his right knee kept Thomas out of action Friday in Brooklyn and Saturday in Philadelphia, but the diminutive point guard will be back at his usual starting point guard spot Monday, meaning Marcus Smart will likely shift back to the bench. Thomas, the NBA's second-leading scorer, is averaging 29.2 points and 6.0 assists per game on the season. His numbers have been down a bit in March -- 26.4 points, 4.6 assists per game -- but he still remains of the most explosive scorers in the league on a night-to-night basis.
Jae Crowder Headshot

Crowder (groin) will participate in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland.

Added Yesterday 7:02 pm (EST)
Crowder injured his groin in Game 4, however the injury didn't appear to be too severe as he was able to play the remainder of the game and contribute 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists across 40 minutes. Although it's possible that he could be slightly hindered by the injury, Crowder is in Boston's starting five and will look to supply similar numbers Thursday night.
Amir Johnson Headshot

Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 5 against the Cavaliers.

Added Yesterday 6:56 pm (EST)
Not all too surprising a decision considering Johnson was available in emergency situations for Game 4. Kelly Olynyk will continue to start at power forward but Johnson could provide a spark off the bench. Given the injury, the 30-year-old probably won't garner much fantasy value, especially with Jaylen Brown also cleared for the contest.
Jaylen Brown Headshot

Brown (hip) will play in Game 5 against the Cavaliers, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England reports.

Added Yesterday 6:41 pm (EST)
Brown suffered a minor hip injury during Game 4's loss but was able to plan through the pain and he'll now suit up for what could be the Celtics final game of the season. The rookie has averaged 18.5 minutes per game in the series but could see a slight dip in action due to the injury. If he does see less action, look for his minutes to be divided among Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and Marcus Smart.
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 reports.

Added 05/24/17 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 05/24/17 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 reports.

Added 05/24/17 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 05/24/17 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.
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