Paul scored 26 points during the contest. He shot 8-13 from the field, including 3-5 from downtown. He also added seven free throws. Though he did plenty of scoring on his own, Paul also involved his teammates, dishing out 12 assists.Analysis:
Cole started, but played just 10 minutes before leaving the contest. He was 0-3 from the field, but did manage an assist. It's unclear how long the injury will keep him sidelined.Analysis:
Hood will be limited treatment, conditioning and restricted weight training over the next few weeks before getting checked out. He's been sidelined since Nov. 7 with the injury.Analysis:
"It is frustrating," McDaniels said. "But the minutes I do get, I have to go out and play as hard as I can. I can't determine the playing time, I just have to stay humble about it and keep grinding."
Coach Brett Brown indicated that there are areas of McDaniels' game that need to improve for him to be effective at tne NBA level. "It is important we don't forget what [McDaniels] can do," Brown said. "He can stand still, catch and shoot it, and he can play defense, particularly weak side defense where he is a great shot blocker for his size. But growing him is going to require more skill-related things about passing and dribbling especially."
McDaniels has averaged 8.5 points while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor in his first 11 games.Analysis:
Henderson is dealing with a sprained ankle after playing 24 minutes Wednesday and failing to score. Neal has missed the last two games while recovering from a concussion.Analysis:
"I couldn’t really tell you (an expected return date). It just depends," Smart added. "One day my body feels good, probably one day it doesn’t. I’ve got to listen to my body."
Smart has continued to progress from his ankle sprain and could return to full practice next week. He was able to do some straight-line movement during Thursday's practice. After Sunday's game, the Celtics are off until Friday.Analysis:
Young drew a foul while shooting a three-point shot, sliding out of bounds after taking his shot. However, replays of the incident show that his defender did not make any contact with Young. While Young was let off with just a warning in this instance, he will be subjected to a fine for another flopping violation.Analysis:
Antetokounmpo has averaged 12.3 points in 27 minutes per game this season and shot 53.3 percent from the field.Analysis: