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JAE CROWDER (SF)
  • Jul 21 2016, 12:16 PM

    Update: Crowder is no longer experiencing any discomfort with his right ankle, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com reports.

    Analysis: Crowder sprained the ankle in the second half of the regular season and saw his production decline upon returning to the lineup in late March. Though offseason surgery wasn't deemed necessary, the pain lingered for nearly two months after the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs, showing a true toughness from the 26-year-old forward for being able to play through the issue for so long. Now that he's pain free, Crowder will be healthy heading into training camp and will look to build on what still ended up being a career-best campaign. He averaged 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals across 31.6 minutes per game in his 73 appearances.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • May 04 2016, 11:11 AM

    Update: Celtics GM Danny Ainge said Wednesday that Crowder will not require offseason surgery on his sprained ankle, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports.

    Analysis: Crowder ended up playing in 12 of the Celtics' final 13 games in the regular season and playoffs after spraining his ankle in mid-March, but didn't look remotely like the same player the rest of the way. He averaged 11.1 points on an ugly 31.9 percent shooting from the floor, including a 23.9 percent mark from three-point range. Crowder may have tried to return too soon from the ankle injury, which Ainge also said included a bone bruise on his foot. Fortunately, Crowder was able to avoid aggravating the injury in a serious way upon returning, and looks like he'll just need to rest up and recover during the offseason in order to return to full health for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 29 2016, 05:36 AM

    Update: Crowder's shooting woes continued during Boston's series-ending Game 6 blowout loss to Atlanta. The brickhouse small forward was 5-of-15 from the field Thursday night, somehow still good enough to be Boston's second leading scorer (15 points) for the night.

    Analysis: The Bossman's calling card is his hard-nosed defense. One must wonder if he ever fully recovered from the ankle injury that cost him eight games in late March. Crowder shot a lowly 22.5 percent in 12 regular season and playoff games following the injury. Boston is expected to add a bona fide scorer this off-season, allowing Crowder to return to a defense-first approach.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 25 2016, 05:22 AM

    Update: Crowder (ankle) is still tentative offensively, shooting a modest 4-for-11 from the field in Boston's Game 4 win versus Atlanta.

    Analysis: With Avery Bradley out, the Celtics have no choice but to ask for big minutes from the somewhat hobbled Crowder. And Crowder is responding with a gutsy performance, despite clearly not yet back at 100%. Since missing nine games in late March, Crowder is shooting a poor 38% from the field. The C's need Crowder to return to mid-season form as they travel to Atlanta for Game 5.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 20 2016, 06:55 AM

    Update: Crowder posted two points (1-9 FG, 0-4 3Pt), seven rebounds, four steals, three assists, and two blocks across 35 minutes during the Celtics' 89-72 Game 2 loss to the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Analysis: Crowder did help slow down the Hawks' Paul Millsap, who was equally bad on the offensive end in Game 2, but the injury-riddled Celtics were destroyed by a sad seven-point showing in the first quarter. Through two games in the series, Crowder has struggled to find his footing on the offensive end, going 6-for-25 from the field for a combined 16 points. Crowder is still putting up nice numbers in the other categories, but he'll have to shoot much better if the Celtics are going to overcome an 0-2 series deficit.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 14 2016, 05:45 AM

    Update: Crowder contributed 13 points (6-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt), six rebounds, and two assists in 36 minutes during the Celtics' 98-88 win over the Heat on Wednesday.

    Analysis: Crowder committed five fouls, but helped the Celtics overcome a decent deficit in their comeback win. His playing time has been somewhat erratic lately, with 21 and 14-minute totals in two of the last four games. However, the playoffs begin on Saturday, and Crowder might be the only Celtic with the size, strength, and speed to effectively cover Atlanta's Paul Millsap. As a result, Crowder could be in line to see heavy minutes during the first round of the postseason.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 11 2016, 05:38 AM

    Update: Crowder, who missed six games recently due to an ankle injury, admits that he's still getting back in game shape. He's played 28 minutes per game in the four matches since his return, reports the Boston Herald.

    Analysis: Crowder managed a productive 34 minutes in Saturday's loss at Atlanta, but admits fatigue is still a problem. 'I'm getting better,' said Crowder, 'I feel pretty good, but I'm tired. I feel like I'm getting better. My wind is getting better. I'm playing in longer spurts, and these next two games are more critical for me.' Crowder won't have time to rest as the C's fight for first round home court advantage for the upcoming playoffs.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 03 2016, 21:31 PM

    Update: Crowder finished with 22 points (6-18 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 8-9 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and five steals over 31 minutes in Sunday's win against the Lakers.

    Analysis: Crowder came up big for Boston against their long-time rival and seems to have shaken that ankle injury. Crowder posted his best scoring total since Feb. 29 and racked up five steals for the fourth time this season. Still, although he seems healthy, he might be rested down the stretch if Boston can secure home-court for the first round.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 01 2016, 18:58 PM

    Update: Crowder (rest) will 'definitely' play Sunday against the Lakers, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.

    Analysis: After being sidelined for eight consecutive games Crowder returned to action Thursday against the Trail Blazers. He played 35 minutes in his return, and posted 13 points, 10 boards, two assists, two steals, and two triples. The Celtics are opting to rest him on the second half of their back-to-back Friday, but Crowder indicated that he will play Sunday against the Lakers.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Apr 01 2016, 13:12 PM

    Update: Crowder will not play on Friday night against the Warriors in order to rest.

    Analysis: Crowder will spend the night on the bench one day after returning from an ankle sprain injury. On Thursday he contributed 13 points (5-11 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-3 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, and two steals across 35 minutes, tying for the team's lead in minutes. The Celtics will need Crowder at full strength headed into the playoffs, so he may continue to receive occasional rest as the regular season winds down. Evan Turner will likely take over at small forward on Friday night, as he did during Crowder's eight-game absence last month.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Apr 01 2016, 07:00 AM

    Update: Crowder (ankle) recorded 13 points (5-11 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-3 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists, and two steals across 35 minutes in Thursday's 116-109 win over the Trail Blazers.

    Analysis: Coach Brad Stevens had no intention of easing Crowder back in following the forward's eight-game absence due to a high-ankle sprain, as he ended up tying for the team lead in minutes. Though Crowder's presence wasn't enough for the Celtics to score a crucial win on the road, he's surely a welcome addition to the team in their preparation for the postseason. In addition to providing his typically strong defense, Crowder will help space the floor a little more for the Celtics, as he's a far superior three-point shooter than Evan Turner or Marcus Smart, who filled most of Crowder's minutes when he was injured.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 31 2016, 17:42 PM

    Update: Crowder (ankle) will play in Thursday's game against the Trailblazers, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports.

    Analysis: Crowder returned to practice on Wednesday and was considered probable to play in Thursday's game after missing the previous eight with an ankle sprain. Not only will he play but he'll start and the team has said that he'll be under no sort of minutes restriction. However, if he's limited at all in his return look for Evan Turner to pick up some extra minutes.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Mar 31 2016, 10:47 AM

    Update: Crowder (ankle) is on pace to return Thursday against the Trail Blazers, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

    Analysis: Crowder practiced Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a high left ankle sprain on March 11, after which general manager Danny Ainge said, 'I heard he had a good practice. He looked good, felt good. He didn't do a ton, not game-like, but unless he has any setbacks [Thursday] as a result of his last two days of practice, I think he will go.' With a back-to-back set kicking off Thursday for the Celtics, Crowder may appear in just one those outings, however, and his appearance could ultimately be limited. Nonetheless, the reeling Celtics have to be ecstatic for the impending return of Crowder after the team went 4-4 in his absence.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Mar 28 2016, 12:01 PM

    Update: Crowder (ankle) will resume practicing Wednesday.

    Analysis: Crowder will sit out his eighth straight game Monday against the Clippers, but it appears he's close to testing out his sprained right ankle with some on-court activity. After Wednesday's session, the Celtics plan on reevaluating Crowder's availability for Thursday's tilt with the Trail Blazers and Friday's game against the Warriors. It's likely the Celtics would only use a healthy Crowder for one half of the back-to-back set, so Friday's contest would appear to be the more logical target date for his return.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 26 2016, 13:28 PM

    Update: The Celtics have ruled Crowder (ankle) out for Saturday's game against the Suns and Monday's tilt with the Clippers, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.

    Analysis: Crowder seems to be making meaningful progress in his recovery from his left high-ankle sprain, but the Celtics will hold him out at least a little longer to give him time to regain his mobility. The team indicated that he would be labeled as day-to-day after Monday's game, so it's conceivable that Crowder could be back as soon as March 31 against the Trail Blazers. Crowder's return would result in Evan Turner losing minutes while transitioning back to a bench role.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 21 2016, 11:31 AM

    Update: The Celtics could be without Crowder (ankle) for at least another week, ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg reports.

    Analysis: Coach Brad Stevens initially announced on March 13 that Crowder would miss at least 'a couple of weeks' after being diagnosed with a left high-ankle sprain, and it appears that timetable hasn't really budged much, despite the forward indicating a few days ago that he was progressing well from the injury. The Celtics had initially been using Marcus Smart in the starting lineup in place of Crowder, but have since turned those duties over to Evan Turner for the last two games. While Turner has fared better than Smart in that role, neither player is the threat from three-point range that Crowder is, which has deprived the Celtics of an important element in their attack. The team has gone 1-3 in Crowder's absence to drop into sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 16 2016, 15:33 PM

    Update: Crowder said that he's no longer experiencing much swelling in his ankle and is now dealing primarily with soreness, Scott Souza of the Providence Journal reports.

    Analysis: It's an encouraging turnaround for Crowder, who noted that he's progressing faster than expected from his right high-ankle sprain. He was initially expected to miss two weeks as a result of the injury, but Crowder's optimism suggests he could be back sooner than that. He'll miss his second straight game Wednesday against the Thunder, however, with Marcus Smart making another start at small forward in his stead.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 13 2016, 11:54 AM

    Update: Coach Brad Stevens said Sunday that Crowder would miss 'a couple of weeks' due to his left high-ankle sprain, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.

    Analysis: Crowder's participation in a workout Sunday with the team's strength and conditioning coach seemed to foreshadow a quick return for the forward, but he evidently didn't fare well enough during the session to provide much optimism that he'd be able to play through the ailment. While the Celtics often use a committee of forwards to cover the scoring load, Crowder has been the most valuable of the lot, as his ability to knock down three-pointers and pick up steals has been a major reason behind the team's success this season. It sounds like the Celtics will have to make do without him through at least the end of March, resulting in Evan Turner taking on increased responsibilities at the small forward spot.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 13 2016, 11:36 AM

    Update: Crowder (ankle) was working out in a boot with the Celtics' strength and conditioning coach Sunday, Jay King of MassLive.com reports.

    Analysis: Crowder was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain following his early departure from Friday's game against the Rockets, but with the Celtics off the schedule until Tuesday versus the Pacers, the forward still has some time to heal up. Coach Brad Stevens previously suggested that he's optimistic Crowder will avoid an extended absence, but his status will remain in question for Tuesday until the Celtics provide a more definitive update. As a result, Crowder may still remain a risky starting option in weekly leagues.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Mar 11 2016, 20:02 PM

    Update: Head coach Brad Stevens hopes Crowder will avoid missing an extended period of time with the ankle injury he suffered in Friday's game, according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.

    Analysis: Crowder confirmed the ankle injury and even termed it 'a high ankle sprain,' but Stevens provided a positive outlook on Crowder's status, so there is at least reason to believe Crowder's recovery period will be brief. Expect the Celtics to provide more clarity on Crowder's availability prior to the team's next game Tuesday.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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