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PROBABLE STARTERS POS No. PLAYER HT WT G GS PPG RPG APG FG% MPG F 94 Evan Fournier 6’7 205 4 4 14.8 3.0 1.5 41.3 32.7 F 0 Jayson Tatum 6’8 210 4 4 30.3 5.0 4.5 41.7 36.0 C 13 Tristan Thompson 6’9 254 4 4 10.8 10.0 1.0 63.3 25.6 G 45 Romeo Langford 6’4 215 3 1 6.3 3.0 1.0 30.0 23.7 G 36 Marcus Smart 6’3 220 4 4 18.8 3.8 6.5 49.0 36.0
*height listed without shoes INJURY REPORT
Player Injury Status Jaylen Brown Left Scapholunate Ligament Surgery Out Kemba Walker Left Knee Medial Bone Bruise Doubtful Robert Williams Left Ankle Sprain Doubtful
INACTIVE LIST (PREVIOUS GAME)
Player Jaylen Brown Kemba Walker Robert Williams
POSTSEASON TEAM RECORDS Record Home Road Overtime Overall (1-3) (1-1) (0-2) (0-0) Atlantic (1-3) (1-0) (0-2) (0-0) Southeast (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) Central (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) Eastern Conf. (1-3) (1-1) (0-2) (0-0) Northwest (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) Southwest (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) Pacific (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) Western Conf. (0-0) (0-0) (0-0) (0-0)
Streaks Overall: Lost 1 Home: Lost 1 Road: Lost 2
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
• Tacko Fall (Taco) • Evan Fournier (FORN-yay) • Aaron Nesmith (knee-smith) • Semi Ojeleye (Shem-ee OH-jah-lay) • Tremont Waters (tre-MONT)
MEDIA INFO
• Follow our Twitter account for the latest media availability times (@bos_celtics_pr) • Follow our dedicated PR stats account for statistical updates during games (@celtics_stats) • Coach Stevens will meet with the media at home games at 6:00pm for a 7:30pm start; For road
games he will meet with the media at 6:15pm for a 7:30pm start
2020-21 Postseason Schedule/Results Date Opponent Time/Results (ET) Record 5/22 at Brooklyn L/93-104 0-1 5/25 at Brooklyn L/108-130 0-2 5/28 vs. Brooklyn W/125-119 1-2 5/30 vs. Brooklyn 7:00pm 6/1 at Brooklyn 7:30pm 6/3 vs. Brooklyn* TBD 6/5 at Brooklyn* TBD *if necessary
Boston Celtics (1-3) at Brooklyn Nets (3-1) Postseason Game #5/Road Game #3
Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 7:30pm ET TV: TNT/NBC Sports Boston Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
2020-21 BOSTON CELTICS ROSTER
NO PLAYER POS HT** WT DOB PRIOR TO NBA/HOME COUNTRY YEARS 7 Jaylen Brown F 6-6 220 10/24/96 California/USA Starting 5th 4 Carsen Edwards G 5-11 200 03/12/98 Purdue/USA Starting 2nd 99 Tacko Fall* C 7-5 310 12/10/95 Central Florida/Senegal Starting 2nd 94 Evan Fournier G 6-7 205 10/29/92 Poitiers/France Starting 9th 40 Luke Kornet F/C 7-2 250 07/15/95 Vanderbilt/USA Starting 5th 45 Romeo Langford G 6-4 215 10/25/99 Indiana/USA Starting 2nd 26 Aaron Nesmith F 6-6 213 10/16/99 Vanderbilt/USA Starting 1st 37 Semi Ojeleye F 6-6 240 12/05/94 SMU/USA Starting 4th 20 Jabari Parker F 6-8 245 03/15/95 Duke/USA Starting 7th 11 Payton Pritchard G 6-2 190 01/28/98 Oregon/USA Starting 1st 36 Marcus Smart G 6-3 220 03/06/94 Oklahoma State/USA Starting 7th 0 Jayson Tatum F 6-8 210 03/03/98 Duke/USA Starting 4th 13 Tristan Thompson C/F 6-9 254 03/13/91 Texas/Canada Starting 10th 8 Kemba Walker G 6-0 184 05/08/90 Connecticut/USA Starting 10th 51 Tremont Waters* G 5-10 175 01/10/98 LSU/USA Starting 2nd 12 Grant Williams F 6-6 236 11/30/98 Tennessee/USA Starting 2nd 44 Robert Williams C/F 6-8 240 10/17/97 Texas A&M/USA Starting 3rd
*Two Way Contracts **Height listed without shoes Head Coach: Brad Stevens (DePauw) Assistant Coaches: Jay Larranaga (Bowling Green) Jamie Young (Blackburn College) Jerome Allen (Penn) Scott Morrison (University of Prince Edward Island) Joe Mazzulla (West Virginia) Brandon Bailey (DePaul) Tony Dobbins (Richmond) Director of Performance: Art Horne (Canisius)
HOW THE ROSTER WAS BUILT Free Agents: 2021 - Jabari Parker (signed as a free agent on April 16, 2021) 2020 - Tristan Thompson (signed as a free agent on November 30, 2020) 2019 - Tacko Fall (signed as a free agent on July 25, 2019) Draft: 2020 - Aaron Nesmith (First Round, 14th overall) - Payton Pritchard (First Round, 26th overall) 2019 - Romeo Langford (First Round, 14th overall) - Grant Williams (First Round, 22nd overall) - Tremont Waters (Second Round, 51st overall) 2018 - Robert Williams (First Round, 27th overall) 2017 - Jayson Tatum (First Round, 3rd overall) - Semi Ojeleye (Second Round, 37th overall) 2016 - Jaylen Brown (First Round, 3rd overall) 2014 - Marcus Smart (First Round, 6th overall) Trade: 2021 - Evan Fournier (from Orlando in exchange for Jeff Teague and future second round draft picks on March 25, 2021) - Luke Kornet (from Chicago as part of a three-team trade that saw the Celtics also acquire Moritz Wagner from Washington in
exchange for Daniel Theis, Javonte Green on March 25, 2021) 2019 - Kemba Walker (from Charlotte along with a 2020 second round draft pick in exchange for Terry Rozier and a 2020 second round draft
pick on July 6, 2019) - Carsen Edwards (from Philadelphia along with the draft rights to Ty Jerome in the 2019 NBA Draft in exchange for the draft rights to Matisse Thybulle on June 20, 2019)
FIRST ROUND OPPONENT
BROOKLYN NETS Team Connections: Kyrie Irving played for the Celtics from 2017-19…Nicolas Claxton’s father Charles Claxton played for the Celtics during the 1995-96 season…DeAndre Jordan and Robert Williams both attended Texas A&M University…Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart and Joe Harris were teammates on the 2019 Team USA FIBA World Cup team…Kyrie Irving, Jabari Parker and Jayson Tatum attended Duke University…Kevin Durant and Tristan Thompson attended the University of Texas…Jeff Green played for the Celtics from 2010-2014…Bruce Brown is from the Boston area…Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris and Tristan Thompson were teammates in Cleveland from 2014-16…Thompson and Irving were teammates from 2011-17…Tristan Thompson and Jeff Green were teammates in Cleveland during the 2017-18 season.
All-Time Record vs. Brooklyn: 131-72 (.645) Largest Celtics Win: 37 points, 116-79 (10/31/79) All-Time Home Record: 71-32 (.689) Largest Nets Win: 36 points, 117-81 (12/25/02) All-Time Road Record: 60-40 (.600) Single Game Celtic High Scorer: Paul Pierce – 48 pts (12/01/01) Current Streak: Three Nets Wins Single Game Net High Scorer: Mike Newlin – 52 pts (12/16/79) Current Streak at Home: One Nets Win Longest Celtic Win Streak: 12 games (3/3/07 – 2/5/10) Current Streak on Road: Five Nets Wins Longest Nets Win Streak: 5 games (three times; most recent: 12/25/02 – 1/25/04)
2020-21 RESULTS VS. BROOKLYN BROOKLYN 109, BOSTON 104 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY (4/23/21) Jayson Tatum netted 38 points but the Celtics would fall to the Nets 109-104 in Brooklyn…Tatum added 10 rebounds to his game-high 38 points for a double-double effort…Payton Pritchard had a good game off of the bench for the C’s with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting including six threes…Marcus Smart added 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals while Evan Fournier made his return to the lineup from Health & Safety Protocols and recorded two points, two rebounds and a team-high five assists…The Nets were led by Joe Harris and his 20 points while Kyrie Irving recorded 15 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.
Apr. 23, 2021 SCORE HI SCORER HI REBOUND HI ASSISTS FG% FT% REB (O-D-T) CELTICS 104-109 TATUM – 38 TATUM – 10 FOURNIER – 5 38-94 (.404) 11-16 (.688) 15-39-54 @ Nets Harris – 20 Jordan – 11 Irving – 11 37-86 (.430) 24-28 (.857) 6-41-47 BROOKLYN 121, BOSTON 109 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY (3/11/21) The Celtics were unable to get the second half of the season started on the right foot as they dropped their seventh straight road game with a 121-109 loss to the Nets in Brooklyn…Jayson Tatum led the C’s with 31 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists while Daniel Theis added 17 points and eight boards…Marcus Smart made his return to the lineup after missing a little over a month of action and responded with 19 points, two rebounds and two assists…The Nets were led by Kyrie Irving and his game-high 40 points while James Harden finished with 22 points, two rebounds and eight assists.
Mar. 11, 2021 SCORE HI SCORER HI REBOUND HI ASSISTS FG% FT% REB (O-D-T) CELTICS 109-121 TATUM – 31 THEIS – 8 BROWN – 6 41-91 (.451) 14-22 (.636) 9-30-39 @ Nets Irving – 40 Harden – 10 Harden – 8 42-88 (.477) 18-22 (.818) 11-34-45 BROOKLYN 123, BOSTON 95 – TD Garden, Boston, MA (12/25/20) The Celtics could not keep up with the offensive firepower of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant as the C’s dropped their first game of the season to Brooklyn 123-95…Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 27 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists while Jayson Tatum added 20 points and eight boards…Marcus Smart was the only other Celtic to record double-figures in points finishing with 13 points to go along with six assists and two steals…The Nets were led by Irving and his game-high 37 points and eight assists while Durant added 29 points.
Dec. 25, 2020 SCORE HI SCORER HI REBOUND HI ASSISTS FG% FT% REB (O-D-T) @ CELTICS 95-123 BROWN – 27 THREE TIED – 8 SMART – 6 37-98 (.378) 13-19 (.684) 20-27-47 Nets Irving – 37 Allen – 11 Irving – 8 41-76 (.539) 26-31 (.839) 9-34-43
2020-21 HEAD TO HEAD STATISTICS Team PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TO/G FG% 3FG% FT% Celtics 102.0 43.0 22.5 8.0 7.5 13.0 41.3 31.3 65.9 Nets 122.0 44.0 21.0 4.0 7.5 15.5 50.6 47.9 83.0
REGULAR SEASON TEAM NOTES TATUM NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME THIS SEASON…
Jayson Tatum was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season when he averaged an NBA-best 42.7 points on 54.4% shooting (59.1% 3-PT), 6.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists for the week ending May 2…Tatum produced 30-plus points, 5-plus assists and shot at least 50.0% from the field in each of his last three games, marking the longest such streak by a Celtics player since Larry Bird in 1987-88…He is the first Celtic to earn the honor three times in one season since Kevin Garnett in 2007-08.
TATUM HAS HISTORIC NIGHT AGAINST SPURS…
Jayson Tatum recorded a career-high and franchise-tying 60 points against the Spurs on Apr. 30...According to ESPN Stats & Info, Tatum is the fifth player in NBA history with multiple 50-point games in a calendar month prior to the age of 24 and is also the first Celtic in franchise history to record multiple 50 points games in a single season…Also according to ESPN Stats & Info he became the second youngest player in NBA history to record 60 or more points in a game to Devin Booker.
C’S MOUNT HISTORIC COMEBACK AGAINST SAN ANTONIO…
The C’s came from 32 points down to win in overtime against the Spurs 143-140 on Apr. 30…They overcame a 29-point halftime deficit which according to ESPN Stats & Info is the second largest halftime deficit overcome in NBA history.
TATUM AND BROWN FIRST CELTICS DUO TO HAVE 35+ POINTS IN SAME GAME IN 15 YEARS… Jaylen Brown recorded 38 points against the Hornets on Apr. 28 while Jayson Tatum added 35 on the night…They are the first pair of C’s to record 35 or more points in the same game in nearly 15 years since Paul Pierce and Wally Szczerbiak accomplished that feat on Nov. 8, 2006.
NESMITH FILLS BOX SCORE AGAINST CHARLOTTE… Aaron Nesmith recorded 15 points, nine rebounds, three steals and three blocks against the Hornets on Apr. 28…Nesmith is the first Celtics rookie to record 15 or more points, three or more steals and three or more blocks in the same game since Paul Pierce during the 1998-99 season.
TATUM JOINS BIRD WITH HUGE GAME AGAINST WARRIORS… Jayson Tatum scored 44 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against the Warriors on Apr. 16…According to ESPN Stats & Info, Tatum joins Larry Bird as the only Celtics players with multiple 40-point, 10-rebound games at the age of 23 or younger.
BROWN ON FIRE AGAINST LAKERS… Jaylen Brown recorded 40 points on 17-for-20 shooting against the Lakers on Apr. 15 in a 121-113 victory…According to the Elias Sports Bureau it was the first time in franchise history that a player has scored 40 or more points while shooting at least 85.0% from the field.
TATUM NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME… Jayson Tatum was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Apr. 11 after averaging 31.5 points and 8.5 rebounds over four contests…His 31.5 points per game were best in the East for the week and recorded at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in three straight games which is the longest such streak since Paul Pierce in 2003.
TATUM HAS HISTORIC NIGHT AGAINST MINNESOTA… Jayson Tatum netted a career-high 53 points to go along with 10 rebounds in an overtime victory against Minnesota on Apr. 9…He became the youngest Celtic in franchise history to record 50 or more points in a game (23Y, 37D) beating the previous mark held by Larry Bird (26Y, 113D) according to the Elias Sports Bureau…He also became the first Celtic to surpass 50 points and 10 rebounds in a game since Bird in 1989.
SMART MOVING UP 3PT FIELD GOALS MADE IN FRANCHISE HISTORY… Marcus Smart made his 650th career three-pointer against Minnesota on Apr. 9…That three-pointer moved him ahead of Larry Bird in to 4th all-time in C’s franchise history for three-point field goals…He is now behind just Paul Pierce (1,823), Antoine Walker (937) and Ray Allen (798) in franchise history.
WILLIAMS POSTS CAREER-NIGHT AGAINST HOUSTON… Robert Williams recorded a career-high 20 points to go along with nine rebounds and a career-high eight assists on a perfect 9-for-9 from the field against Houston on Apr. 2…He is the first Celtic in franchise history to post those numbers in a game and is also just the eighth NBA player to record this feat during the shot clock era according to the Elias Sports Bureau…Also according to StatMuse Williams is just the third center to record these numbers joining Nikola Jokic and Wilt Chamberlain.
FOURNIER CATCHES FIRE DURING FOURTH AGAINST HOUSTON… Evan Fournier scored 20 of his 23 points against Houston on Apr. 2 during the fourth quarter on seven-for-seven shooting including six three pointers…According to ESPN Stats & Info he is the second Celtic in the last 25 seasons to score 20 points on 100% shooting in a quarter joining Paul Pierce who recorded the feat in 2009 against Chicago…His seven three-pointers on the night was also tied for the second most by a Celtic in franchise history coming off of the bench behind Eddie House’s eight three pointers which he made against Sacramento on Jan. 28, 2009.
BROWN AND TATUM NAMED ALL-STARS…
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been named as reserves for the 2021 NBA All-Star game in Atlanta…it is the second straight honor for Tatum while the first time being named to the team for Brown…Brown and Tatum become the second pair of Celtics teammates to both receive All-Star honors in the same season before the age of 25 since 1953 joining Bob Cousy and Ed Macauley.
BROWN AND TATUM NAMED TO COMPETE IN THREE-POINT CONTEST AT ALL-STAR GAME… Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will both participate in the Mtn Dew 3-Point Contest prior to the 2021 All-Star game in Atlanta…The last time the Celtics had two players participate in the three-point contest was during the 2011 All-Star Weekend when both Ray Allen and Paul Pierce competed in the contest.
OJELEYE AND PRITCHARD SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT AGAINST TORONTO… Semi Ojeleye and Payton Pritchard both connected on six three-pointers apiece against the Raptors on Feb. 11…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they are the first pair of teammates in C’s franchise history to record at least six three pointers in the same game
PRITCHARD CHANNELS ‘SHEED AGAINST TORONTO… Payton Pritchard recorded 20 points, six three pointers and five rebounds off of the bench against Toronto on Feb. 11…Since the 2000-01 season he is just the third Celtics player to record those numbers off of the bench and is the first since Rasheed Wallace on Nov. 3, 2009 when he recorded 20 points, six three’s and six rebounds against the Sixers.
BROWN GOES OFF AGAINST CLEVELAND… Jaylen Brown netted 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting in just 19:14 of game time against Cleveland on Jan. 24 en route to the C’s 141-103 win…It was the most points scored by a player in under 20 minutes of game time during the shot clock era.
TATUM NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK… Jayson Tatum was named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 10 when he averaged 33.0 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 52.0 percent from three…It was the second time in Tatum’s career that he was named Player of the Week and the first time during the 2020-21 season.
PRITCHARD HAS IMPRESSIVE GAME OFF BENCH AGAINST TORONTO… Payton Pritchard had 23 points and eight assists on 8-of-13 shooting against Toronto on Jan. 4…According to the Elias Sports Bureau he is just the fifth Celtic rookie since 1970-71 to have at least 20 points and five assists while shooting 60% from the field coming off of the bench.
TATUM AND BROWN SHOW OUT IN SEASON OPENER EACH NETTING 30+ POINTS… Jayson Tatum recorded 30 points including the game-winning three-pointer while Jaylen Brown added 33 points on opening night against Milwaukee on Dec. 23…According to the Elias Sports Bureau they are the first duo in C’s history to record 30 points or more in the season opening game in franchise history.
POSTSEASON PLUS/MINUS REPORT… Game Brown Edwards Fall Fournier Kornet Langford Nesmith Ojeleye Parker Pritchard Smart Tatum Thompson Walker Waters G. Williams R. Williams 5/22 at BKN DND DNP DND -14 DNP DNP +1 DNP +7 0 -9 -8 -16 -21 0 0 +5 5/25 at BKN DND 0 DND -11 0 -3 -6 0 -5 -4 -18 -28 -23 -18 0 +5 +1 5/28 vs. BKN DND DNP DND +11 DNP +21 +1 DNP DNP +3 +1 +1 -16 -15 DNP +15 +8 5/30 vs. BKN DND +1 +1 -24 +1 -13 -1 -5 +9 -1 -9 -9 -15 DND +1 -11 DND Postseason Totals: 0 +1 +1 -38 +1 +5 -5 -5 +11 -2 -35 -44 -70 -54 +1 +9 +14 Per Game: 0.0 +1.0 +1.0 -9.5 +1.0 +1.7 -1.3 -2.5 +3.7 -0.5 -8.8 -11.0 -17.5 -18.0 +0.3 +2.3 +4.7 Per 48 MIN: 0.0 +8.9 +8.9 -14.0 +8.9 +3.4 -3.8 -20.1 +11.7 -2.0 -11.7 -14.7 -32.8 -28.5 +8.1 +9.7 +14.7
CELTICS BY THE QUARTER… 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 1st Half 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr OT 2nd Half Game Pts/FG% Pts/FG% Pts/FG% Pts/FG% Pts/FG% Pts/FG% Pts/FG% Pts/FG% CELTICS 28.5/40.2 26.8/42.4 55.3/41.2 30.3/45.1 27.5/46.8 57.8/45.8 113.0/43.4 OPPONENTS 30.3/46.6 31.8/55.8 62.0/50.8 33.8/59.5 27.8/37.2 61.5/47.5 123.5/49.3 SCORING MARGIN -1.8 -5.0 -6.7 -3.5 -0.3 -3.7 -10.5
2020-21 POSTSEASON PLAYER MILESTONES Player Stat Needs Smart 2,000 Minutes Achieved 5/25 100 Steals 9 300 Assists 4 700 Points Achieved 5/25 Tatum 1,000 Points Achieved 5/28 50 Games 1 Thompson 80 Games Achieved 5/25 600 Points Achieved 5/22 700 Rebounds Achieved 5/28 2,500 Minutes 69 Walker 30 Games Achieved 5/25 600 Points Achieved 5/25
2020-21 POSTSEASON OFFENSIVE LEADERS (INCLUDES TIES) PLAYER G-GS 10+ PTS 20+ PTS 30+ PTS 40+ PTS 10+ REB 10+ AST DBL-DBL TPL-DBL PTS REB AST STL BLK MINS Jaylen Brown 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Carsen Edwards 2-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Tacko Fall 1-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Evan Fournier 4-4 4…