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James Young cleared to play, and other Boston Celtics notes

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James Young will be available to play against the Magic.  Here's hoping that the kid gets a few minutes to play.  He's part of our future and the future began last week.

Boston Celtics notes: James Young cleared for Orlando Magic game

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters in Orlando that rookie James Young has been cleared for contact and will be available Tuesday night against the Magic.

In other injury news, Marcus Smart might be playing, but he's not necessarily at full speed yet.

Ankle injury still bothering Marcus Smart | Comcast SportsNet -

Following Sunday night's loss, Smart acknowledged that he was experiencing some pain. "A little bit when I woke up; it was a little sore," Smart said. "It didn't swell, but it was definitely a little sore. But that's expected." When asked whether he was physically back to where he was before the injury, Smart said he's "not all the way but I'm here."

Kelly Olynyk was nominated for an award.

Olynyk nominated for Player of Week award - Boston Celtics Blog - ESPN Boston

Boston Celtics second-year big man Kelly Olynyk was nominated for Eastern Conference Player of the Week but lost out to Atlanta's Al Horford. Olynyk's stat line in Boston's four-game span last week that saw the team go 3-1: Team-best 19.8 points on 60.8 percent shooting overall (43.8 percent beyond the 3-point arc) with 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1 steal per contest. Olynyk scored a career-high 30 points during Monday's win in Philadelphia and was a team-best plus-52 in plus/minus this week.

Jameer Nelson faces his old team tonight.  He's getting sympathy from friends for going back to a rebuilding situation but he's keeping a good (outward) attitude about it.

Celtics' Nelson back on familiar turf | Boston Herald

"People are calling me, asking if I’m OK. Well, I’m OK," said Nelson. "I play basketball for a living — something I love to do, something I’m blessed to have. "When you’re the kid of an NBA player or any type of professional, or a wife, you have to be ready to go," said this father of four. "That’s what you have to sign up for, and you make the best of it."

And finally, should the Celtics be interested in newly waived Josh Smith?  In a word: No.  Here are more words if you care.

Pistons Waive Josh Smith: Should Celtics Try to Sign Him? - Celtics Blog -

Will the Celtics take a look at the veteran forward? The answer may have been more intriguing a week ago, when the team still had Smith's close friend Rajon Rondo on the roster. Now that Danny Ainge has focused on developing his team's youth and collecting more assets by dealing Rondo, it's hard to envision him attempting to bring in Smith to a crowded frontcourt situation. It's just not a fit at this point.

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