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“It’s been bothering me since the Charlotte game, so I just decided to finally wear something because there’s a deep bone bruise and a couple sprained ligaments in my left hand,” said Sullinger. “But I’ll be all right.”
Coach Brad Stevens likewise downplayed the presence of the glove, noting it’s “nothing new. I think they just tried some contraption to try something new.”
Sullinger said the injury isn’t a big issue.
“It’s just when you hit it in the right spot,” said Sullinger. “Other than that, I’m fine.”
Sullinger is averaging 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds over 26.7 minutes per game in his sophomore season. He has been Boston’s most consistent two-way player, reflected by being a team-best plus-75 in plus/minus (even more staggering considering Kris Humphries is next closest at plus-37, while starting frontcourt mate Brandon Bass is minus-100 for the year).
This doesn’t appear to be a serious injury, but anytime your best player is hindered there is concern. That glove could serve as a giant target for opposing players preparing to hack away.
Sullinger isn’t the only one knicked up. Avery Bradley banged knees with Gerald Wallace (no surprise) during a workout on Thursday. Bradley returned to practice on Friday and should be ready today (1pm vs Cavs). AB will need full lateral movement if he’s going to be effective chasing around Kyrie Irving.
On Page 2, Tommy and Steez are best buddies
“I definitely listen up and open my ears to him,” Crawford told CSNNE.com. “He gives me information that doesn’t even deal with basketball; career moves after basketball and he also talks about the game.”
“With a guy like Crawford, ‘Great job. You’re really doing a hell of a job running this team,'” Heinsohn recalls telling him. “‘You’ve made your mark.'”
Heinsohn added, “all I did primarily was compliment him, reinforce what he’s doing well.”
And those words have resonated with Crawford.
“He’s a legend,” Crawford said. “He’s been part of every championship here. Just to have him want to talk to me like that, it’s exciting.”
Jordan Crawford continues to do all the right things. He could very easily tune-out the old timer, but instead he’s become a sponge.
I smell a new reality show; Steez and Tommy.
Let’s throw Crawford into Tommy’s guest room for the summer and watch the hijinks.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Bradley developing into scoring threat | Herald – Celtics aim to build unity | ESPN Boston – Top 5 Celtics moments of 2013 | Defense can never rest | W2W4 – Cs vs Cavs | USA Today – Resolutions for James Dolan, East and more (Rondo)