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

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Twice NBA star Jrue Holiday is battling what he describes as a “dead arm.”

THE Boston Celtics Saturday’s game against the Chicago Bulls marked the fourth straight time that Holiday was unavailable as he continues to recover from a sprained shoulder.

The injury usually requires rest. But 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 when it comes to Holiday’s health.

“I feel something, for sure,” Holiday told the Boston Globe. “I always want to play. That’s part of the reason I play basketball. But it’s also about keeping the rhythm. Sometimes when you’re out for a long time, you break the rhythm, but I have the 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 watches 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 provide a timetable on Holiday’s potential return to the court.

Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said only that the 33-year-old guard is improving. “He’s in good shape,” Mazzulla said. “He’s fine. He’s better.”

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Holiday appeared to suffer an injury during the second half of the Celtics’ game against the Wizards of Washington the 17th of March. Holiday ran into a screen while playing defense, resulting in a trapped 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 playoffs with championship expectations, and having a healthy holiday will certainly give Boston a boost on both the offensive and defensive sides of the court.

Jrue Holiday arrives before a game

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

Defense has certainly been a key 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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