Led by Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger, the Celtics revamped second unit scored 44 points in today’s 97-91 exhibition loss to Fenerbahce Ulker.
Let’s get the negatives out of the way. The Celtics played horrific pick-and-roll defense (especially in the 1st quarter) and committed 25 turnovers. Chalk it up to rust, jet lag, bad hotel food, whatever.
Starting in place of Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee scored 7 points in 27 ineffective minutes. He committed 5 fouls in the first half. Lee did not start the second half.
Green (16 points, 4 rebounds, 7-10 FG) and Sullinger (16 points, 8 reb, 7-11 FG) looked very comfortable.
Green’s offense was quite diverse; feeds from Rondo, put-back slams, drives to the hoop and jumpers. Sullinger looked very crafty around the rim.
I’ll leave the hyperbole to John:
If that’s what the C’s get from Green & Sullinger all year long, I’m parking a chair on the corner of Tremont & Boylston for a parade now
The Celtics other big bench asset – Jason Terry – had 12 points (3-3 3 FG) in 20 minutes.
A noticeably thicker Rajon Rondo had 13 points and 9 assists.
Darko had 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. Other than looking gigantic, he didn’t contribute much.