R.J. Hunter

Stars, Studs and Duds: Rozier and reserves close out Celtics' regular season strong

Stars, Studs and Duds: Rozier and reserves close out Celtics' regular season strong

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the Celtics' 116-110 victory in Washington:

STARS
Bradley Beal:
He didn’t log a single minute in the second half, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that he was the best player to suit on Tuesday night. Even with just one half of play, Beal still managed to score 16 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. 

Terry Rozier: With no Kyrie Irving in the building, Terry Rozier had a strong game as a starter for the Celtics. He would lead the Celtics with 21 points in just 24 minutes, along with four rebounds and four assists.

STUDS
R.J. Hunter:
He was among the many seldom-used Celtics to make the most of his opportunity to play. He would finish with 16 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter. 

Brad Wanamaker: The 29-year-old rookie was as solid a Celtic as we saw tonight, finishing with 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Tomas Satoransky: One of the few usual rotation guys for the Wizards, Satoransky had a nice game in scoring a team-high 19 points.

P.J. Dozier: He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (5-for-14), but there’s a lot to like about his game. He finished with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds to go with five assists and two steals.

Ian Mahinmi: He made the most of his playing time, tallying a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds in just 13 minutes. 

DUDS
Jeff Green:
Talk about thirsty to get buckets. Green finished with six points, doing so on 2-for-13 shooting…in 12 minutes. 

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Highlights of Celtics' 116-110 victory over the Wizards

Highlights of Celtics' 116-110 victory over the Wizards

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 116, Wizards 110

IN BRIEF:  It was a big night for Celtics reserves and G League call-ups as Boston, resting its regulars with the No. 4 seed in the East clinched, rallied from a 21-point first-half deficit to beat the Wizards 116-110 in Washington in the regular-season finale. Terry Rozier led the C's with 21 points and R.J. Hunter had 17. BOX SCORE

CELTICS FINAL REGULAR-SEASON RECORD: 49-33

HIGHLIGHTS:

OJELEYE STRONG TO THE HOOP:

WILLIAMS SENDS ONE TO A DIFFERENT TIME ZONE:

BROWN'S DRIVE CUTS IT TO ONE AT THE HALF:

P.J. DOZIER WITH AUTHORITY:

MORE REJECTION FROM WILLIAMS:

R.J. HUNTER FOR 3 IN THE 4TH:

UP NEXT:
NBA playoffs, first round, vs. Indiana Pacers at TD Garden, TBA

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Gordon Hayward likely to return, R.J. Hunter sent back to G League

Gordon Hayward likely to return, R.J. Hunter sent back to G League

Gordon Hayward suffered a twisted ankle during the All-Star break. There was never a lot of concern surrounding the injury, and It looks like the Boston Celtics star will only miss one game.

On Saturday, two-way player R.J. Hunter was sent back down to the G League after being on the roster for the one game Hayward missed. And as Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports pointed out, this move should open the door for Hayward's return.

Hayward himself has said that he expects to play against the Chicago Bulls.

Prior to the All-Star break, Hayward was averaging 17 points per game over his past five outings. He was on a hot streak and seemed to be regaining his form after missing almost all of last season with an ankle and leg injury. His return will provide a spark to the Celtics' bench that struggled against Milwaukee (just 21 total points).

As for Hunter, the former Celtics first-round pick in 2015 is in his second stint with the team. Hunter has averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 12 games with the Maine Red Claws this season.

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