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Stevens: “Evan Fournier will probably play sometime this weekend”

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The last time we saw Evan Fournier in a Celtics jersey at TD Garden, he was en route to hitting 4 of 5 threes against the Charlotte Hornets. Two night prior, he went 7-for-11 from behind the arc against the Houston Rockets.

Since then, Fournier has missed nine straight games (Celtics went 7-2) dating back to April 4th in the league’s COVID health and safety protocols. He also missed his potential first game in green after making the trip to Oklahoma City immediately after the trade deadline, but was held out with a false positive coronavirus test.

“I think Evan will probably play sometime this weekend,” Stevens said before tipoff Thursday against the Phoenix Suns. “I don’t know if he’ll be cleared to play by tomorrow night, but I’d be hopeful that by Sunday, he’d be available.”

Now, including tomorrow’s game in Brooklyn, Fournier will have thirteen games left to get back into game shop and more importantly, a rhythm with his new team and their new three-point shooting identity. Since March 25th, the Celtics are third in three-point field goal attempts per game (39.8). Adding Fournier, a career 37.7% shooter from behind the arc, only bolsters their long range attack.