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Your Morning Dump… Where we’re a day away from the season opener and the starting lineup isn’t settled


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“It is so fluid,” said Stevens. “It can go day to day. It can really go day to day. Just when you think you’ve got one established, they’re not as fluid or they’re not as successful. We’ve got to continue to focus on the good things that are happening and figure out who’s going to be the most consistent.”

The Celtics closed out their exhibition slate by starting the five-man combo of Avery Bradley, Gerald Wallace, Jeff Green, Kelly Olynyk, and Vitor Faverani against the Brooklyn Nets. At the end of practice on Monday, those were five of the seven players (Brandon Bass and Phil Pressey the others) wearing green shirts that typically indicate starters.

“I don’t know the starting lineup for Wednesday yet. I really don’t,” said Stevens. “I’ve got an idea. It could be anything from what we started the other day, to making a change or two depending on how tomorrow’s practice goes.”

ESPN Boston

It’s never a good sign when your starting 5 is fluid one day before the season opener. I can see one spot being open, but 2-to-3 spots? Yikes.

I’d advise Stevens to roll out his most athletic group against the Raptors: Pressey, Bradley, Wallace, Green and Olynyk. Let’s have some fun.

Pressey may be shooting 22% this preseason, but I’d rather see him initiate the offense than watch Bradley methodically pound the basketball into the court.

In other news, the Celtics are still mulling punishment for Jared Sullinger:

“The final verdict was right before we got to practice so we haven’t had a chance to sit down,” Stevens said.

Charges were dropped because Sullinger’s girlfriend – who recently moved backed to Ohio – wouldn’t cooperate with investigators.

I don’t foresee a suspension for Sullinger.

The rest of the links:

Herald – Sullinger gets out of troubles | ESPN Boston – Wallace said ankle felt great | Power rankings: C’s up to 25 | CSNNE – Blakely’s Eastern Conference preview | MassLive – Wallace said ankle felt great | YES Network – Why KG wore 5 in Boston

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  • eddysamson

    I’d love to see Crawford start at PG with AB at the 2 (guarding the 1 unless the 2 is a star player) and Pressey split time pretty evenly with Crawford. Crawford has a bit of a stigma sure, but let be real, he plays the point better than AB. And AB, as we all know, is better off the ball.

    • bill_nair

      Crawford has the handles to man the point. Bradley always looks terrified bringing the ball up the court. As much of a risk it is having Crawford on the floor he does have a nice knack for passing. Only positive thing I had to say about him at the end of last year.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Seriously, was Phil Pressey adopted? His NBA father {Paul} was at least 6 or 7 inches taller.

    As long as the Celtics are tanking, and are determined to emulate the Washington Generals in doing so….starting Pressey at PG should be a priority!

    • eddysamson

      What is he 19? He MAY have one more year of growth, who knows. We should perhaps look into one of those medieval torture devices that would stretch him out, that works right?

      • RedsLoveChild

        It`s worth a try!

  • Jester00

    doesn’t matter I have the day off tomorrow!!!!!!

    Reds Army HOF Shirt Check
    Corn Beef Hash Check
    Eggs Check
    4 pack of Guinness Check
    Copy of Celtic Pride and Larry Legend DVD Check
    12 pack Sam Adams Sampler Check
    Chips, cheeses, meats, and crackers Check
    12 pack of Miller Light Check
    Back up beers various Check
    Back up back up beers i.e. Little Kings, PBR, etc.. Check
    Match box with wooden matches Check
    Victory Cigar Check

    I am ready for the Celtics first game the party starts when I wake up tomorrow

    GO CELTICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • RedsLoveChild

      Angioplasty Check

      • Jester00

        The toast will be whole grain does that help????

        • RedsLoveChild

          Now you tell me.

          Depends….will those be “organic free-range” eggs you`ll be eating with that whole grain toast?

  • Slap Dog Hoops

    The problem with the Celtics is that other than Jeff Green and Rondo, who is injured, no one else really stands out. The team is essentially filled with marginal to mediocre players with no real go to guy, although Green will probably get the green light to take as many shots as he wants. I’d personally like to see Kelly Olynyk start being that I am Canadian and all and also Vitor Faverani, who had a rather exceptional preseason to say the least. Other than that there is little if nothing else to offer on that team.

    regarding, whoever starts at opening tip off, two things will be for certain: first, that it will not be the only lineup over the course of the season; and second, no matter who Stevens puts up there it will be pointless since the celtics will probably finish the season winning 15 to 18 games anyways.

    • bill_nair

      Fav definitely needs to start. No one else can defend the post hes the best thing we have.

  • Jo

    Who cares? We’re going to suck regardless. Embrace the suck, i have a feeling we’re going to be in the basement for a while.

    • bill_nair

      …Or embrace the Celtics and be happy we had a 6 year run like we did. Being negative doesn’t make the process better. Go C’s

  • adam

    cant wait for this season.

  • Lee in Oregon

    I just hope Pressey gets the nod till Rondo gets back. Anyone who still thinks AB is a point-guard is either blind or delusional. (Point-guards are born, not made). Go C’s! Go Sox!!

  • Tobias Scheffel

    Sully just got suspended for one game…

  • Raoul

    This made me laugh quite a bit. Just like comparing Crawford to a Tasmanian Devil “Bradley methodically pound the basketball into the court.”