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Your Morning Dump… Where the losing streak continues but at least Brad Steven can sleep

Chuck - Red's Army January 9, 2014 Jared Sullinger, The Morning Dump 25 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.

Well, it wasn’t optional Wednesday when the Celtics played the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. The Celtics played as hard as they have in some time, giving themselves a chance to win.

“I thought the whole game, we played hard,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who later added, “I can lay my head down at night and feel comfortable when we compete like that.”

But they still left the building with a loss, by a score of 111-105, which extends their downward spiral. The Celtics (13-23) have lost a season-high-tying six straight and nine of 10.

At this point, playing hard counts as a victory for a team that has struggled lately in that department, as they played until the final buzzer, trying to pull off a comeback to overcome a 4-point deficit in the final 10 seconds before falling short.

“Give them credit,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who earned a season-sweep of his former team. “They’ve been struggling. We had a chance early to get a knock-out – we didn’t. When you give a team life, then it’s desperation for them, and you can see that in the way they were playing. They almost pulled it out.”

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Ugh. I hate these “at least they played hard story lines.”

It’s all well and good in the short term, but it’s also a cold reminder that this team is awful and the bar remains very, very low.

And thank you Doc Rivers for the words of support. It means a lot coming from a “never quit” guy like yourself.

Yes, I’m extra grumpy today. This frigid weather is wearing away my normally cheerful disposition.

Related: Herald – Celtics bad streak hits 6 | ESPN Boston – C’s take step forward as effort returns | Globe – Celtics must continue to fight | CSNNE – C’s show no quit in loss

On Page 2, Jared Sullinger can’t stop committing flagrant fouls.

When you look at the replay of the flagrant call on the foul Sullinger committed against Blake Griffin, it’s unlikely that the league will rescind this one.

“When I first saw it, I thought he [Sullinger] tried to pull back at the end,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “But they (officials) told me he got him [Griffin] on the neck prior to that. They felt comfortable with it and that’s their call.”

We’re not even at the halfway point of the season and Sullinger has already racked up five flagrant foul points.

That does not include the one he had rescinded on Wednesday afternoon that was replaced by the one he picked up on the Griffin play Wednesday night.

“It’s part of the game,” Sullinger told reporters when asked about the flagrant fouls. “I just have to adjust. I tried to wrap him up … I guess I got to make another adjustment.”

CSNNE

Jesus, Sully.

The adjustment is pretty simple. Don’t hit people in the head.

Related: Herald – Foul play weighs on Sullinger | ESPN Boston - Sullinger remains in flagrant trouble

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Griffin dunks on Hump | Herald – Brooks kicks off some rust | Brooklyln Game – For a moment, KG was the man | CSNNE – Doc remembers Cs struggling too |

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  • Jester00

    no issue with an enforcer, he would loved playing in the 80′s

  • bill_nair

    The loss fatigue is wearing on this team. They’re just…..playing. Looks like they’re out there playing for the lottery. Sully really needs to understand how to foul hard. Hes gonna pick up a reputation that’s hard to break when the refs look at you as some vile head hunting monster.

  • jason benn

    this is why the nba is full of divas cuz of sterns dilution of the game. he wants people to score and score he doesnt care about defense he wants lots of points and thats it. no problem at all when i saw the replay looked to me like blake knew he was gonna try to strip the ball so if you look he curls up around the ball so sully couldnt of even gotten close. although maybe his adjustment should be using that belly more instead of wrapping him up just run into him and use that buddha belly lol sully should have been able to keep running into blake making it look less flagrant little bump from behind but blake wouldve gotten mad and cried about it and we cant have that either of course can we stern. dont change your ways sully nothing wrong with that foul at all, hell if that had been a pick up game thats a no call he wasnt gonna make that anyway. though with griffin who knows he could have maybe jumped and reversed it on sullys head idk

    • Curt Hays

      Stern frustrated us all to some extent, but I don’t blame him. We got the game we wanted. The NBA adjusted the rules to what gained the most viewers. The game is “more fun to watch” now. I’m on your side, Jason, but unfortunately, most people want to see this type of basketball.

      • jason benn

        yeah i mean i always understood why he did such things. because the basic fan wants offense not defense and slow play. that being said the older eras were more exciting cuz those guys were crazy hard in the paint. the knicks fouling you down hard then while your down another guy hits you again after the whistle. and yet jordan still scored and did the things he did. lol kinda going off on a tangent here but for the changes stern has made, if jordan played now instead of then he would average 45 a night easy give jordan 7 steps and see where he goes with that lol though im sure they prolly did (they gave him that push rip jazz) that why i think the older players would dominate todays nba players if they played at the same time todays nba is a whole bunch of whhaaattttt i didnt foul him complaing crap to refs and so on ha imagine reggie miller with all this space in his prime. sully just needs to adjust how and or when to use his arms as a hammer again like with that blake play instead of smacking him just keep running into him push him off the play sully! or even id just bear hug him haha im only 5 11 and when i get stuck on a one on one break like that against a guy who is way taller i just time it right and give a nice sweaty hug lol near the ball though idk it that be considered flagrant any one know? nice ol bear hug right near the ball should be considered a play on the ball right or wouldnt it be becuase your hugging them ??

        • Curt Hays

          Jordan, hell. Give extra steps to Pistol Pete or Magic Johnson or Dominque Wilkins. Hell, just give Pistol Pete credit for shooting behind the arch. I think today’s players would be as good as the older ones if the rules were enforced their whole career.

          Based on the flaggrant rules, I think if you hug but don’t “maliciously continue” the Hugh, you’re all good. Lol.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Being 0-for-2014 is NOT painful.
    What IS painful are those two razor thin, early season wins {total of 3 pts.} over ORL and MIA.

    Had those been losses, the Celts would be 11-25…with really only MILW being unreachable in the lottery race.

    New competition is heating up…the Lakers & Bulls have now decided to tank.

    • Curt Hays

      You aren’t trying to convince anyone, I realize. But I agree with you more and more every day. I hate it though. Of course, I don’t WANT to tank, but the lottery sure sounds good right now.

      • RedsLoveChild

        Tanking is a highly admirable, effective, & practical strategy!

        Did the Celts tank in 2007? YES
        Did the Celts win the championship in 2008? YES

        Case Closed!
        {that`s the bottom line…the specific details don`t matter}

        • Suarez

          The specific details back that up, too. Obtaining the fifth pick allowed them to get Ray Allen, which was enough to convince Garnett to accept a trade. Tanking in 2007 was a great success. But tanking doesn’t always work out. The 1997 tanking was a total failure, mainly because the team didn’t have any kind of a backup plan for the event they didn’t land Duncan.

          • RedsLoveChild

            I`m not sure there could`ve been any reasonable back-up plan.

            Billups and McGrady were the only other good players {besides TD} that came out of the `97 draft, and McGrady was injured all the time. Pitino actually made a good choice with Billups, but he gave up on him way too quick.

            Still, did Boston really lose anything by tanking that year? No! It`s not like they might`ve won the title had they chose not to tank.

  • eddysamson

    Sully is getting frustrated due to playing through an injury. When a guy who already plays (and fouls) hard gets frustrated, he’s going to commit some flagrants.

  • forever_green

    Brad sounds Tank-ful.

  • KGino

    This is what happens when your best player remains injured, your second best player plays injured, your 3rd best player is incapable of taking over even though he has the potential to. One time I wanna see Jeff shoot like 30 shots in a game. One time. This was a much better loss than the nuggets though, it didn’t make me want to bang my head on the living room table

    • bill_nair

      Like i told my boy yesterday, Green is a glorified Mickael Pietrus. 3&D guy. He doesn’t have the mental makeup to take over that’s what holds him back. Cant fault the guy for being something hes not. Some people have it in them some don’t. Just need to hope we get one of those top 5 picks.

    • Curt Hays

      Jeff has gone 7-19, 5-18, 10-23, 10-19, and 9-19 this season. I think we need to find an inside game. Rondo has a higher shooting percentage than that.

      • KGino

        That’s fine curt, a lot of volume scorers shoot between 43-49%. I’ll take that. Bill is right though its just not who he is… I just want him to stop playing so lacksidasical at times but that’s who he is

        • bill_nair

          I wonder if Danny feels the same way when hes watching him.

        • Curt Hays

          I am with you, but I don’t want another Paul Pierce. I want another “Boston effing Celtics” team, you know? I agree that it’d be interesting to see what he’d do with 30 shots though.

          • KGino

            I want another Paul Pierce!! haha. But while Sully isn’t right and Rondo is out, now is the ONLY time i’d like to see Jeff put up 30 shots. Not when those 2 are healthy.

    • KGino

      I got down voted by someone who can’t afford a living room table lol

  • magicjohnson

    The foul on Blake Griffin was not reckless, was not overly aggressive, and did not harm any player. The fact that a flagrant was called is more evidence that the officials don’t understand the rules.
    They also are clearly unable to make good use of the video review system. I feel very strongly that this responsibility needs to be taken out of the hands of the on-court officials. The growing habit of calling a flagrant just in case, and then dashing over to the monitor is utterly deplorable. I feel like I’ve just witnessed the death of defence in the nba.

    • Curt Hays

      I wish they had some sort of review board like the NHL has. They could headquarter it in Chicago so it’d be impartial.

  • Frank Aziza

    Sully would have been perfect on the 84 Celtics. I can see him knock James Worthy to the floor to make him earn it at the line.
    I stopped watching the NFL because it’s become touch football , touch arena football for that matter. I’m getting tired with the NBA too.

    • Curt Hays

      While you’re right, I stopped watching football because everyone I like started having their careers ended due to injury. Gotta draw a line somewhere.