NBA News

Jimmy Butler    G/F  Bulls

 

 

Jimmy Butler made just 7-of-21 from the field for his 14 points against the Celtics on Friday, adding seven rebounds, no assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 39 minutes. The Celtics made it very tough on Jimmy today. Only eight of his shots came inside of the paint, so a ton of credit goes to Avery Bradley here for keeping Jimmy in check to limit defensive breakdowns. Also, Butler did not go to the line in this game, so take that for data. The Bulls will have to come up with some more inventive ways to get Jimmy some better looks, but he absolutely should fare better in Game 4 on Sunday.

Apr 21 - 9:36 PM

Michael Carter-Williams    G  Bulls

 

 

Michael Carter-Williams scored two points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 23 minutes against the Celtics on Friday. The Bulls missed Rajon Rondo (thumb, wrist) in a big way. Surprisingly, they didn't go with too many no-PG combos until late in the game, but that may change considering how much MCW and Jerian Grant held them back. Plus, coach Fred Hoiberg even played Carter-Williams and Grant next to each other on occasion. MCW probably shouldn't play more than 20 minutes.

Apr 21 - 9:27 PM

Jerian Grant    G  Bulls

 

 

Jerian Grant scored six points with one rebound, one steal and four turnovers in 15 minutes during a start against the Celtics on Friday night. Yeah, not great. He made mistakes all game and he was almost unplayable I'm the second half. Considering how much he struggled in this game, Grant may not get another chance to start. Although, Michael Carter-Williams was not very good either. Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely.

Apr 21 - 9:23 PM

Jerian Grant    G  Bulls

 

 

Jerian Grant scored six points with one rebound, one steal and four turnovers in 15 minutes during a start against the Celtics on Friday night. Yeah, not great. He made mistakes all game and he was almost unplayable in the second half. Considering how much he struggled in this game, Grant may not get another chance to start. Although, Michael Carter-Williams was not very good either. Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely.

Apr 21 - 9:23 PM

Gerald Green    G/F  Celtics

 

 

Gerald Green started the second half on Friday. His left ankle tweak doesn't look like it'll be an issue for coach Brad Stevens' rotation, which has been very odd and perhaps too deep.

Apr 21 - 8:26 PM

Sam Dekker    F  Rockets

 

 

Sam Dekker (hand) will see a doctor on Monday. He has been getting some shots up, but he's not catching passes with his left hand. Dekker suffered his hand fracture three weeks ago, so there's a chance he could have a timetable to return after his appointment. He is almost certainly out for the entire first round.

Gerald Green    G/F  Celtics

 

 

Gerald Green went to the locker room in the second quarter on Friday and he is available to return. He just went to go get re-taped and came running out from the locker room about 10 minutes later in real time. If he's limited, the Celtics may go with more Marcus Smart because of how the small-ball lineup worked early.

Apr 21 - 7:56 PM

Gerald Green    G  Celtics

 

 

Green will start in place of Amir Johnson in Friday's Game 3 against the Bulls.

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Apr 21 - 6:05 PM

Amir Johnson    F  Celtics

 

 

Johnson will be replaced by Gerald Green in the starting lineup for Friday's Game 3 versus the Bulls.

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Apr 21 - 6:05 PM

Amir Johnson    F/C  Celtics

 

 

Amir Johnson will come off the bench against the Bulls for Game 3 on Friday. Based on how coach Brad Stevens talked up Jonas Jerebko's rebounding style, it's possible Johnson goes from starter in Game 2 to a DNP-CD in Game 3. Although, he may shift to being more of a straight backup to Al Horford. DFS players may want to steer clear of Amir and Jerebko here.

Apr 21 - 5:44 PM