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Celtics’ Jrue Holiday says he’s dealing with a ‘dead arm’ and there’s no timetable for return

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Two-time NBA All-Star Jrue Holiday is battling what he described as a “dead arm.”

The Boston Celtics’ game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday marked the fourth consecutive time Holiday was unavailable as he continues to recover from a sprained shoulder.

The injury usually requires rest. However, with the Celtics holding an 11.5-game lead over the second-place Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings, the team will likely proceed with caution given Holiday’s health.

“I certainly feel something,” Holiday told the Boston Globe. “I still want to play. That’s one of the reasons I play basketball. But it’s also about maintaining the rhythm. Sometimes when you’re out for a long time you break the rhythm, but I feel like I’m in a good rhythm and I want to keep playing.

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Jrue Holiday stands on a basketball court

Jrue Holiday #4 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second half of a game against the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center on March 12, 2024 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

The Celtics did not announce a timetable for Holiday’s potential return to the court.

Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla simply said the 33-year-old guard is making progress. “He’s in good shape,” Mazzulla said. “He’s fine. He is doing better.”

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Holiday appeared to have suffered the injury in the second half of the Celtics’ game against the Washington Wizards on March 17. While playing defense, Holiday crashed into a screen, resulting in a jammed shoulder and arm.

Holiday left the game minutes after the collision.

Jrue Holiday plays for the Celtics

Jrue Holiday #4 of the Boston Celtics dribbles during the second half of the Celtics’ preseason game against the New York Knicks at TD Garden on October 17, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Celtics will enter the postseason with championship expectations, and a healthy holiday will certainly give Boston a boost on offense and defense.

Jrue Holiday stops by before a game

Jrue Holiday #4 of the Boston Celtics arrives at the arena before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden on February 27, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Defense has certainly been an important part of the Celtics’ strategy this season, as the team’s defense ranks second in the NBA this season, allowing 110.3 points per 100 possessions.

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Holiday is averaging 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in his 61 appearances this season.

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