A. Sherrod Blakely: “It was frustrating but I tried to focus on coming back stronger.” – #Celtics Guerschon Yabusele when I asked him about being out with an injury with Boston already decimated by big man injuries.
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Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Guerschon Yabusele will play tonight. Coach not willing to reveal starting lineup.
Jared Weiss: Al Horford and Yabu remain out tonight per Celtics.
Mark Murphy: Yabusele has received a rough time frame for a return: “They were saying two to four weeks, but it’s about how I feel. It was definitely less painful than the night I sprained it, and today was even better.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens: Al Horford OUT tonight; Aron Baynes better but not enough to play; no high ankle sprain for Guerschon Yabusele, but will be out a couple of weeks.
Sean Grande: Aron Baynes and Al Horford questionable, Guerschon Yabusele out tomorrow against New Orleans. The Pelicans about to tip off in Detroit, front-end of a back-to-back.
Boston Celtics: #NEBHInjuryReport: Guerschon Yabusele suffered a “bad (ankle) sprain,” according to Stevens. “No break, so that’s good. But he’ll probably out awhile.”
Jay King: Yabusele’s MRI came back “clear,” according to Stevens. He still has knee soreness though so he won’t play today.
Stevens said the team wasn’t particularly worried about Yabusele’s knee. “They don’t think it’s anything,” Stevens said, “but they’re going to get some imaging just to make sure.”
Jay King: Marcus Morris (rest) will not play tomorrow against the Hawks. Guerschon Yabusele (knee) is doubtful. The usual suspects (Irving, Hayward, Smart, Theis) are all out, obviously.
Adam Himmelsbach: Guerschon has a sore knee. Team doesn’t have great concern but he’ll have MRI to be sure.
Celtics rookie Guerschon Yabusele said he is “feeling great” as he continues to recover from May surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankles. Yabusele has yet to go full-speed in an on-court workout, but he has almost reached that point. “I’ve been running a little bit and doing some bike stuff and just keeping my ankle moving,” Yabusele said Thursday. “But I’m ready to go.”
“I had to still walk and do some stuff on my ankle to keep the motion moving and then have increased the mobility, too,” Yabusele said. “But yeah, most of the part was like relax and not be on the court and shooting. So it was tough, but I have to become stronger.”
But 6-foot-9-inch forward Guerschon Yabusele remains sidelined after undergoing surgery last month to have bone spurs removed from his ankles. Ainge said that Yabusele will not accompany the team during summer league play, instead remaining in Boston to maintain his rehabilitation schedule.
Guerschon Yabusele, a 2016 first-round pick of the Boston Celtics, underwent surgery recently to remove bone spurs from the top of both feet and will not participate in summer league, according to a league source.
Scott Souza: #Celtics draftee Guerschon Yabusele said he’s still feeling little pain in ankle, will be evaluated before determining next step this year.
Austin Ainge, Celtics director of player personnel, said because of the ankle sprain, no decision has been made as to whether the 6-foot-8, 260-pound big man will be in town to play or whether the focus will be on treating his ankle injury and not putting him on the floor. “He will come and be evaluated by medical staff and we will make a plan from there,” Ainge told CSNNE.com.
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February 23, 2019 | 9:35 pm EST Update
Anthony Chiang: Per Heat, Rodney McGruder (bruised right knee) will not return to tonight’s game vs the Pistons. His status will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
February 23, 2019 | 8:52 pm EST Update
Karl-Anthony Towns remains in concussion protocol and will not play for Minnesota against Milwaukee, a night after missing a game for the first time in his career. The All-Star forward was in a car accident Thursday and didn’t play Friday in New York, ending his streak of 303 consecutive games started. He traveled with the Timberwolves for the game in Milwaukee on Saturday, rather than return to Minnesota, but hadn’t been cleared to play again.
Being unable to play has troubled Towns, coach Ryan Saunders said. “People asked me if he cared about his [consecutive games] streak,” Saunders said. “He hasn’t and didn’t mention one thing along those lines. It was all about being there for his teammates and contributing. He even had somebody run out and make sure he could get a sport coat so he was dressed properly on the bench so he could be there with his teammates. That says a lot about Karl.”