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Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics will be full speed ahead by Monday

Brad Stevens

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

“You’d like it to be October 1 and never change,” he said after yesterday’s session. “You realize that that’s not always the case. So for us as we get through the end of this week and get more crisp in what we do, get better in what we do, by the time the weekend’s over, we want to be full speed ahead.”

The club practiced yesterday and will do so again tonight at the Garden for season ticket-holders before taking the weekend off. Then they will get back at it Monday and Tuesday before flying out on the latter.

“It’s a mix of taking the appropriate time off and getting off your feet and getting your mind clear and being ready to go,” said Stevens, “and then also getting everything ironed out that we need to get ironed out to be ready for the start of the season. It’s the last time we get to practice for a while.”

Herald:  C’s pump brakes before long trip

This is it…

After an open practice tonight for season ticket holders, the Celtics get to take a couple of days off, get their minds and bodies right (as much as the latter is possible for some guys), and get ready for the regular season.   In five days, the games matter.

Two guys who need the weekend off are Gerald Wallace and Vitor Faverani.  Both missed practice yesterday to rest some owies… which we hope will be something we can still joke about later.  Faverani’s back is bothering him, so we’re waiting for the result of an MRI there, and Wallace has already gotten a cortisone shot in his left ankle,  and was seen walking around in a protective boot.

Jared Sullinger’s looking to move forward from what he called a “rough” camp.

“I’ve still got a lot more work to do,” said Sullinger, who is due in Waltham District Court on Monday for a hearing after being charged with assaulting his girlfriend, Deann Smith, on Aug. 31. “It’s not going to happen overnight. I’ve just got to keep plugging, keep pushing and just keep playing ball.

“I’d rather have practice right now. Once the games start, they’re going to keep going, so right now, I’m going to enjoy these couple of days of practice and keep it moving.

“It’s been a long year for me, going from playing to back surgery to just trying to get healthy from there. Being out for six months and not playing basketball, it’s really tough.”

I like that he’s being so tough on himself.  He obviously needs to get back into NBA shape, but he’s also been one of the Celtics’ best performers this preseason.

A few guys who won’t be practicing on Monday: DeShawn Sims, Damen Bell-Holter, and Kammron Taylor.  They’ve all been cut.  Chris Babb is still on the roster, but he won’t be for long.  Good luck, fellas.

Related links:  CSNNE:  Sullinger looks to move on from up and down preseason  |  ESPN Boston:  Faverani gets MRI on sore back  |  Wallace gets cortisone shot, wears boot

Page 2:  Ainge is proud of Rondo

Keith Bogans, Rajon Rondo

“I think [Rondo is] doing great,” said Ainge. “I think he’s working as hard as he can. I’ve been very proud of him of how he really wants to get out there and I think he wants to get out there, not for his own benefit, but he wants to really help the team. He sees how he’s missed and he just loves to play. He wants to get back for all the right reasons.”

Asked if he still envisioned Rondo as the centerpiece for Boston’s rebuilding process, Ainge offered a firm, “Absolutely.”

ESPN Boston: Ainge very proud of Rondo’s rehab

How many times are we going to ask Ainge this friggin’ question?  The answer from Ainge and Stevens from the beginning of this preseason has been the same: Rondo’s our guy, Rondo’s our leader, he’s been great, and we’re building around him.

That’s it. End of story.  Good night.

Even if you think the team is feeding the media a pile of shit, they’re not going to say differently.  Personally, I love what I’ve seen so far.  I don’t know if it’s Rondo taking the challenge and rising to it, I don’t know if it’s a needed fresh start from Doc Rivers, and I don’t know if it’s a humbling due to the injury and all the “are they better without Rondo?” talk from last year, but whatever it is, Rondo’s been great this preseason.  It’s hard to ask for more out of a player in this situation.

Of course, there will be obstacles and frustration.  With the season that is about to be unleashed upon us, that’s just going to be part of the deal.  But if Rondo can handle that with the poise he’s shown so far, the team will be alright.

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  Final preseason grades:  Wallace leads the way  |  Babb looking to fit in wherever he can  |  ESPN Boston:  Doc: LeBron criticism off base  |   5-on-5: 2013-14 outlook  |  Pressey has flashes of Rondo in his game

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  • lunchbreak

    Once they make Rondo the new Captain – I’ll believe it. Before that it’s just answering blah to press questions.

    • Curt Hays

      Stevens generally doesn’t have team captains…

  • Michael Merriam

    Why can’t we keep Babb? We have 5 solid bigs (Bass, Vitor, Sully, Olynyk, Humph). We can afford to overload at the 2. We need shooting and more D never hurts. Brooks and Crawford are gone after this year and no one is sold on Lee.

    Let’s invest a min contract in Babb and get him some time in Maine. He seems like a strong character guy. Reminds me of non-punk Matt Barnes. Actually I like Matt Barnes, but ya’ll know what I mean.

    • MrCuret

      I agree with you! Also, Babb’s only 23 yrs old, so there’s room for improvement

      • Michael Merriam

        Alrighty then Red’s Army. Can we get a “Babb 4 roster spot #15” petition going?

    • wil

      we are already overloaded at 2, Brooks, Bradley, CLee, Crawford, and Bogans and you still want another sg just because he shot a couple of well timed threes?

      id rather get another PG, so our offense doesnt suffer as much when pressey is out.

      We also couldve gotten Shavlik, to unload some pressure off of Olynyk playing 5.

      Right now, priority should be a PG, SF then C so we dont have to play PF and SGs out of position.

      • Michael Merriam

        glad to have some debate here. Every1 entitled to their opinion.

        Just seems like the kid is a positive locker room presence, had great energy, and has some true potential. Shav was ok, but Olynyk and Humph are significant improvements. Not sure why everyone loved Shav so much but crap on Humph (other than the KK thing and his paycheck of course).

        We need a PG only until Rondo is back, so I don’t see much value in that. Let Pressey and Crawford/Lee handle it. I hear you it’s not a great option, but worthwhile backup PG’s are not going to be available at this time.

        SF we have Green and Wallace. If those guys can’t get it done, we’re screwed anyway!

        I agree we need a C, but who we gonna get that actually helps us now or in the future? We aren’t in the position where we need a “fill-in” or a “solid backup”. What we need is a star big man. Barring major trade we’re not going to find that this year. We need to develop and build chemistry, so I think Babb fits perfectly.

        • wil

          Im not saying Shav is better than KO and Humphries (and i never criticized Humph for kardashian thing), but both of those guys play alot better as PF. Shav is a good player in his own right. Excellent post moves, great rebounder and energy guy like Sully.

          Back point guard is still need rather than another shooting guard, we have 5 active sgs, and 1 rookie pg, so im pretty sure we need a pg rather than another sg.

          Im saying we need another SF because of the line up Brad Steven likes to use namely Green-Wallace combo. Which we end up having brooks at 3. And he is pretty bad at 3, specially at the times where his is paired with crawford at 1 and Lee at 2. Lee and Brooks aint exactly the high basketball IQ type when it comes to team play.

          Plus we have a pair of first rounders each year. We wont be able to keep babb. Im just saying, lets not waste space and money for guy who would only play if 5 sgs we have go down. Not signing him will give us a bit more flexibility for trades.

          If you dont see a value in a back up point guard since Rondo will be back, i dont see why you would want another SG who will get pushed waaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the rotation when Rondo gets back.

  • bill_nair

    I really wish it was the end of the story. Until Rondo signs another extension fans and the media are going to be trying to ship him out. Hopefully a free agency circus isn’t created around him like some of the other NBA stars recently.

    • wil

      i think ainge is doing the same with AB. To motivate him to work hard for an extension.

  • zippittyay

    I have sadly come to realize that the main problem with this team is that we only have one legitimate NBA quality starter on our team and he is not currently playing. There is not one other player on this team that you would put in place of a starter on a good team in this league and improve that team. I watched all 18 losses in a row the year before KG got here and I will watch all of our losses this year. All I ask is that they play hard and as a team.

    • bill_nair

      Curious, do you think KO or sully can be quality starting bigs? This team is a team full of role players I agree but Gerald Wallace, KO and sully are starters and our best players (not including Rondo). KO and sully arent ready right now though so to your comment, ya we have about one good starter on this team and maybe Green but we’ll see.

      • zippittyay

        Absolutely. I think Sully is very close right now. Jeff Green has proven he can play at a star level, although no one knows how to motivate him to do so consistently. KO and Fav both need to be in better shape and KO specifically needs to look to score first instead of pass.

    • wil

      Wallace, Sully, Avery, Jeff Green (no matter how inconsistent he is).

      All 4 are quality starters. Give Jeff Green or Wallace to Memphis, and they will start them at 3, give AB to OKC and they will start him at 2. Give sully to SA and they will start him at 4.

      Saying they are not starters is a bit too much. the term you are looking for is All Star Caliber player.

      • zippittyay

        Lets see now…. Jeff Green or Wallace over Tayshaun Prince or Pondexter? eh, maybe….. Avery Bradley over Sefalosha? I don’t think they would do that. Sefalosha is a much more proven product than AB. Sully over who? Tiago Splitter? Not unless Sully shows quite a bit of improvement..

        • wil

          Jeff Green or Wallace over Prince? ofcourse! Prince isnt what he used to be.

          Lol what does that mean exactly? proven? Just because Sefalosha has played alot years more than AB doesnt make him an obvious choice. AB has alot more upside. Sefalosha doesnt really bring anything offensively too, switching AB with sefalosha doesnt have any difference but their height.

          Lets just put it this way, would you trade Sefalosha for AB? lol

          You’re right about Sully, but sully is a high iq player, he wont out play splitter right away, but im pretty sure they would rather have Splitter backing up Timmy. Sully is good enough to start for half of the teams in the NBA.

          Saying these players are not starters is just freaking ridiculous. Most of our bench can even start for other teams.

          i repeat, the term you are looking for is All star caliber player.

  • RedsLoveChild

    What Danny Ainge says to the media {for public consumption} is of no value.

    Like any GM, his comments will always be motivated by whatever is expedient at the moment. Situations can change in a heartbeat. Judge him only by what he does, not by what he says.

    • Sean McLaughlin

      Very true. However, if Ainge does get rid of Mr.Triple Double, the Celtics nation should assuredly call for his head on a platter.

      • RedsLoveChild

        Depends on what he gets in return for Rondo.

        • Sean McLaughlin

          Anything short of CP3 or Rose would be a travesty. And neither one of those are happening.

          • RedsLoveChild

            How about Durant…would that be a “travesty”, too?

          • Sean McLaughlin

            So who’s our point guard? Pressey’s got promise, but….

          • RedsLoveChild

            I really don`t see Pressey having an NBA future at all. He does play with passion but, he`s way too small to be effective at this level.

            If point guard were their biggest need…Ainge could always find some “serviceable” point guard for the short term. Nothing great, but one who wouldn`t hurt the team either.

          • Sean McLaughlin

            Call me closed-minded, on Rondo’s jock, whatever, but if Durant can’t win a championship with Westbrook, Ibaka, Perk, etc, he isn’t winning it with us. I hate to say it, but as much as I like his attitude, work ethic and style, he’s gonna be relegated to 2nd best in the league his entire career, in my humble opinion. It takes skill to win games, it takes a mix of skill and FIRE to win championships. Not convinced Durant has the latter…

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