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Sullinger was run into by Orlando’s Moe Harkless late in the first half, but he played on.
An MRI revealed a bone bruise, leaving his status as day-to-day.
“Jared got hit on that collision under the basket. He’s got a sore knee and they are doing an MRI just to check out and see what’s wrong,” coach Brad Stevens said before the results of the tests were known.
Here’s another angle of the play so you can see what happened a little better
Mo Harkless went all seek and destroy on that play, which happened with 2:31 in the second quarter. The good news is that no one knew about the injury and Sully played a good chunk of the second half, even after cooling down at halftime.
Jared Sullinger’s impact needs no advanced metrics to quantify. Your eyes ain’t lyin’. This kid is having an instant positive impact. I was cruising through the 2, 3, and 4-man +/- stats yesterday and combinations with Sullinger are almost always positive. The 2-man combinations are entirely positive except for when he’s paired with Brandon Bass (and Keith Bogans too, but that was for only a couple of minutes and doesn’t really mean anything).
The Bass/Sullinger combination has been a bad one since last year, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. They play the same spot and do lot of the same things. It’s easy to understand how duplication would take away from one or both of their games.
Let’s hope Sullinger is OK. Part of me thinks he’s going to play tonight because he’s bad ass. But part of me thinks he might sit tonight because, well……… did you SEE some of the moves Jabari Parker had last night?
Anyway…. feel better soon, Sully.
Page 2: Brad Stevens is special
Riding a four-game winning streak now to get back to .500, his charges shoveled much of the credit to him for giving the team a fighting chance in every game this season.
“There’s something special about that guy, man,” marveled Brandon Bass. “He’s a rookie coach, but he’s very knowledgeable and he’s picking up things pretty fast.”
Leave my Trapper Keeper alone. I love Brad Stevens and horses… so what????
Let’s recap Brad’s accomplishments for just a second.
- Immediately after being hired, everyone yammered on about whether he’d get along with Rajon Rondo. All Stevens did was go to Rondo’s camp, become best friends with him, and totally get Rondo to be the opposite of what everyone said he’d be.
- He has turned Jordan Crawford, the life-long chucker whose limbs nervously operate independently of the rest of his body, into a viable, reliable option at point guard.
- A week after Gerald Wallace bemoaned the fact that he was coming off the bench after having earned his starting spot over his career, Wallace now says
Gerald Wallace on coming off the bench: “I’m having fun with it. It’s a new part of my career. I’m actually enjoying it.”
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 12, 2013
- And this team that was supposed to be shitty-by-design because of all the new bodies, the new coach, and the new system, are currently .500 and on a four-game winning streak, which is the third longest streak in the league behind Indiana and San Antonio, and tied with Oklahoma City….. you know… teams we all thought were in the same class as Boston from the start.
So is Brad Stevens just really good at his job, or does he a Jedi performing mind tricks on everyone.
“you WANT to pick your spots offensively, Jordan, and become a willing passer…..”
Whatever works, I suppose.
Related links: CSNNE: Ryan: “very good” early returns on Stevens
In case you missed it… Here’s Glen Davis losing his shit at a Travelodge in Orlando.
Thank God Lt. Dangle was there to save the day.
I’ll take Bass over Davis any day.
Related links: CSNNE: Big Baby apologizes for meltdown
The rest of the links:
Herald: C’s add up at 4 and 4 | Globe: Bass settles into starting role | CSNNE: Confident Crawford making most of his chance | Stevens: Cody Zeller “broke my heart” not picking Butler | Wallace doesn’t have to score to impact Celtics | For Olynyk, it’s not how you start | ESPN Boston: Targeted approach for Lee | Swaggy Crawford still center of attention