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Jonas Jerebko    F  Celtics



Jonas Jerebko scored six points with three rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Friday. Coach Brad Stevens loves his Jerebko and Olynyk combo, so maybe that's why he didn't start Jerebko today. The JJ-KO combo was used for seven minutes in this win, so that will likely be a second-unit staple going forward. It'll be tough to use Jerebko in Game 4.

Apr 21 - 10:04 PM

Al Horford    F/C  Celtics



Al Horford scored 18 points with eight rebounds, six assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Bulls during a Game 3 win on Friday. It was easily his best game of this series. The Celtics going smaller more often opened up more pick-and-roll opportunities for Horford and more space for cutting, so coach Brad Stevens will likely continue to throw Horford out there with four smalls. After two disappointing games, Horford may start to show why the Celtics paid up to get him last summer.

Apr 21 - 10:00 PM

Gerald Green    G/F  Celtics



Gerald Green played 20 minutes in the starting lineup against the Bulls in Game 3 on Friday, scoring eight points with one rebound and two 3-pointers. He did suffer a mild left ankle tweak in the first half, but he did return and looked fine after getting re-taped. Even if Green is going to start, he's going to be the fourth guard at best in the rotation for total minutes behind Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart -- Terry Rozier played 23 minutes, as well. Green is only going to be a tournament play in DFS because we've seen him get hot at times.

Apr 21 - 9:57 PM

Kelly Olynyk    C  Celtics



Kelly Olynyk scored five points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Bulls on Friday. His minutes took a sizable hit after he played 23.5 minutes per game in the first two games of this series. Olynyk was the 10th player to check in for the Celtics, so coach Brad Stevens made plenty of tweaks to his rotation. His role is a little unclear for Game 4.

Apr 21 - 9:49 PM

Al Horford    C  Celtics



Horford scored 18 points (8-14 FG, 2-3 3Pt) while adding eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block across 33 minutes in Friday's 104-87 victory over the Bulls in Game 3.


Apr 21 - 9:47 PM

Isaiah Thomas    G  Celtics



Thomas tallied 16 points (7-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt), nine assists, two rebounds and one steal across 31 minutes in Friday's 104-87 victory over the Bulls in Game 3.


Apr 21 - 9:47 PM

Semaj Christon    G  Thunder



Christon will be inactive for Friday's Game 3 against the Rockets for an undiclosed reason, Royce Young of reports.


Apr 21 - 9:47 PM

Avery Bradley    G  Celtics



Bradley put up 15 points (5-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals across 36 minutes in Friday's 104-87 victory over the Bulls in Game 3.


Apr 21 - 9:47 PM

Amir Johnson    F/C  Celtics



Amir Johnson came off the bench for Game 3 on Friday, scoring two points with one assist in just six minutes against the Bulls. He was in the first half rotation, but he didn't really do much to earn more playing time in Game 4. The Celtics guards did a fine job on crashing the glass, so giving up that size wasn't too big of a loss with the added output on 3-pointers. Johnson likely won't play too much in Game 4 on Sunday.

Apr 21 - 9:46 PM

Dwyane Wade    G  Bulls



Dwyane Wade scored a team-high 18 points during a 104-87 loss in Chicago on Friday, adding one rebound, three assists and two blocks in 33 minutes. The Bulls offense was a complete disaster, especially in the third quarter. They couldn't get a single assist in the third and also had just one dime in the first quarter. Wade was really the only one to keep the Bulls in it early with 10 of the Bulls' first 23 points, but he fizzled out after that. He'll have more ball handling responsibility going forward with Rajon Rondo (wrist, thumb) out, so he'll offer a nice upside on a given night. The Bulls will look to keep their homecourt advantage in Game 4 on Sunday.

Apr 21 - 9:43 PM