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Your Morning Dump… Where the upcoming road trip could destroy the whole season and I’m ok with that

Chuck - Red's Army January 4, 2014 Doc Rivers, The Morning Dump 11 Comments

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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.

With a challenging five-game road trip against several of the elite teams in the Western Conference, the Celtics know they will be facing a stretch that could be a defining portion of their season starting Sunday in Oklahoma City.

“Every road trip is a make-or-break,” Gerald Wallace explained. “Especially in the situation we are. We have lost a couple games in a row. We are going on a West Coast trip playing some pretty good teams, and this can send us in the right direction for where we want to go or destroy our whole season.”

Wallace continued: “Guys are going to have to pull together. We are going to have to become one on the road. We’re going to have some tough battles, like we had tonight, and we have to find ways to win these games.”

ESPN Boston

The free-falling Celtics have lost 3 straight and 6 of 7.  And the immediate future is bleak. Next week they travel cross country and face OKC, Denver, Clippers, Golden State, Portland. In their first game back at the Garden the C’s play Houston.

Prepare yourself for one win over that stretch. They could go winless if Jared Sullinger’s hand/wrist doesn’t heal.

I’ve enjoyed this team’s early season “success.” Avery Bradley and Sully have shown great improvement. Brad Stevens has earned his players respect. Rajon Rondo is getting healthy. There is a foundation for the future.

But now is the time to take our lumps knowing full well it will benefit us in the long term (i.e. the draft lottery).

On Page 2, Chris Paul goes down with a serious shoulder injury.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the injury to the shoulder on the star’s shooting arm was a separation. Earlier, the team had announced it was a sprain.

Paul left the American Airlines Center with his right arm in a sling and did not speak to the media.

“He’s down,” Rivers said. “He’s out at least three to five weeks and maybe more. We don’t know that [yet]. We know it’s a separated shoulder. We don’t know what grade it is, yet. We’ll probably send him home, and he’ll get evaluated in L.A., and just hope that he’s going to be OK.”

ESPN

Has Doc Rivers resigned yet?

You know the old saying…

When the going gets tough, Doc quits.

The rest of the links:

Herald – Floor scare for Wallace | Cold shooting hurts Celtics | Sully braces for painful role | Globe - Humphries hitting boards | Celtics shooting turns frigid | CSNNE – Celtics, Pelicans turn thoughts to Anderson | Steimsma shines in return to Boston | Davis draws comparisons to KG | ESPN – Melo for Griffin trade discussed

 

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  • pierce Hart

    Hahahahaha love the rip at doc there. It would be a shame if the clips imploded in time for our 2015 pick next year wouldn’t it.

  • vitamin d

    Doc was here before 07-08… He’s not gonna quit on the clippers…

    • Curt Hays

      Ha, maybe not if they pick up Kevin Love next year. They can keep Glen Rivers. Brad Stevens for life!

  • Roy Sanchez

    This west coast trip is gonna be brutal. I was hoping to make it to the Warriors game but won’t be able to. We might be able to start-up the play sorry for Jabari campaign again after this trip

    • RedsLoveChild

      LOL!
      Nothing can top the “Suck for Luck” slogan…but “Play Sorry for Jabari” is really excellent!

  • Frank Aziza

    I hate injuries , i wish every team was healthy every year. We would have more then 17 banners. Doc always talks about the basketball Gods, I think they got him this year.

    • Chulinho

      If they do exist, they’ve been after the Celtics since 2009.

  • Chulinho

    My guess is 2-4. An ugly 2-4.

  • Curt Hays

    If I read correctly, and Sully has a bone bruise, it won’t “heal” till like May. He will just play with a bruise. No big deal, but the pain isn’t going away for another week or two.

    • Rich Jensen

      There’s some ligament damage as well, hence the motion-restricting brace. Bone bruises are just–well, I’ve got a nice one on my upper arm that’s been there for two and a half months now, and it’s finally starting to disappear.

      • Curt Hays

        Ok thanks for the info. I’m on my phone and in a hurry.

        The bone bruises on my shins (from ~85mph fastballs) always seem to heal slower than on my elbows. Maybe being a small bone his usability of his hand will return more quickly. That ligament thing though…only thing I can say is that I’m glad he’s not 30.