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The Boston Celtics have not listed center Kristaps Porzingis (ankle) on the injury report for Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls. Porzingis tweaked his left ankle in last Wednesday's 136-86 drubbing of the Brooklyn Nets, but he carries no injury designation into Thursday's tilt. KP is recording 20.2 points on 53.2% shooting from the field, 6.9 rebounds, 1.9 three-pointers, and 1.9 blocks per game during his debut season in Boston and is a must-start Thursday.
Boston Celtics guard Jaden Springer (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's matchup against Chicago. The 21-year-old is nursing a right ankle problem and is waiting for a chance to make his team debut after arriving from Philadelphia in a deadline-day deal on Feb. 8. Springer played well in his final few outings as a Sixer, but he isn't expected to feature heavily in Boston with a full squad. Back-to-back situations, with some players out of the lineup for rest purposes, might provide him the best opportunity to make an impact.
Boston Celtics forward/center Al Horford (toe) isn't on the injury report ahead of Thursday's meeting with Chicago. The veteran sat out the final game before the All-Star break as Boston completed a back-to-back, but he's good to go on Thursday. The Celtics will have all their big guns on the court against the Bulls, limiting Horford's fantasy value. However, he could still produce decent numbers off the pine in a favorable matchup against a team that doesn't guard opposing bigs well - Chicago has allowed opposing centers to shoot 57 percent and gives up a league-high 11.1 rebounds per 48 minutes to power forwards.
Boston Celtics guard/forward Jaylen Brown didn't appear on the injury report heading into their first game fresh off of the All-Star break. Brown and the Celtics will take on a battered and bruised Chicago Bulls team on Thursday. This presents a great matchup for fantasy managers who have a lot of stock in the Celtics as their whole typical rotation is expected to be good to go for this one. Brown was able to participate in the dunk contest and All-Star game this past weekend, so it seems his shoulder issue from last week should be a thing of the past. He'll be a must-start player as he remains in the starting five with the usual faces.
Boston Celtics guard/forward Jaylen Brown (shoulder) finished as the third-highest scorer of this year's All-Star Game in Indianapolis on Sunday, producing 36 points in 22 minutes off the bench for the Eastern squad in a 211-186 win. Brown missed the final game ahead of the All-Star break with a shoulder issue, but he took part in Saturday's dunk contest and didn't appear to be limited in any way on Sunday either, hitting 15-for-23 from the field and 6-for-12 from outside. Brown's form has been shaky lately, as he's averaged only 16.0 points for the month, but Sunday's performance should be a good confidence booster for him ahead of the final couple of months of the season.