Found November 27, 2012 on
The Celtics took a chance by selecting Jared Sullinger in the first round of the draft. Has it paid off so far, and what kind of impact will the rookie have down the road for Doc Rivers?
Sullinger was a force of nature for Ohio State during his college days, averaging 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds as a freshman and 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds as a sophomore before entering the draft that summer.
Despite concerns about his back, which ultimately caused his draft sock to drop (Sullinger would have been a lottery pick had he come out after his freshman year), the Celtics decided to take a chance on the talented big man.
Sullinger hasn’t had many chances to prove he can compete in the NBA on a consistent basis, but there have been some promising early signs. Right now Sullinger is behind Brandon Bass for the starting spot at the four, with Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox also cutting into his minutes here and there.
Though he’s averaging 5.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in only 17.9 minutes per game, the future seems bright for Sullinger in a Boston uniform. He’s had some standout performances already: posting his first double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes during a win over Toronto, and then following that up with a career-high 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting in a loss to Detroit the next day.
Those efforts have given Rivers the confidence he needs to keep playing the rookie. Sullinger has played at least 14 points in each of Boston’s last five games, and posted 20+ minutes in three of those contests.
Now, it will take time before Sullinger really comes into his own and gets a chance to shine, and it will take an injury or some kind of transaction for that to happen. However, Boston is doing just fine right now and needs to keep being a team to track closely with your NBA picks. The Celtics are as experienced as they come, so watch out.
BEST OF MAXIM
Molly previews tonights Celtics/Nets game at the Garden (Tickets from $15 available here) and shows some love for Rajon Rondo.
Check out our Video Vault for more Celtics videos, mixes, and movies.
Also, I forgot to note, we could have traded Paul Pierce to the Clippers and maybe got some draft pics and prospects. I am just sayin!
Comment and debate!
Follow Terry P here
Earlier this week Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics got crossed up by Jameer Nelson, and it was pretty bad. Well, on Wednesday night when the Celtics played the Brooklyn Nets it happened again by Joe Johnson. Check out both of the below videos and which do you think was a better ankle breaker?
Article found on: Cosby Sweaters
This is just totally embarassing for Celtics' Paul Pierce and it came courtesy of Magic's Jameer Nelson.
Let's set it up:
The scene: Orlando, FL, Amway Center
The victim: Boston's Paul Pierce
The outcome: Pierce gets decimated by a hesitation move by Nelson which causes his ankle to get shattered along with his knee to buckle.
Though Boston and Pierce would...
OfficialCelticsHD has all the assists and points for you from Rondo's near triple double in Orlando. Rondo finished with 15 points, 16 assists, 9 rebounds and 2 steals.
Tip: 7:30 PM Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: James Capers, Kevin Fehr, Kane Fitzgerald
Get your tickets here: Boston Celtics Tickets
At Home: 4-3
On Road: 2-3
Streak: Won 2
Streak: Won 3
Buckets: Pierce (20.1 ppg)
Buckets: Brook Lopez (19.2 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.4 rpg...
Call in: 347-215-7771 | Listen Live | Join the CelticsBlog chat Listen from your mobile device The CLNS Radio Boston Celtics Post Game series continues their season-long initiative to cover every single Boston Celtics game. Tonight, the Celtics square off against the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden. Your hosts will be Matt Rury, Sean Bakke [...]
The Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets got into a scuffle Wednesday night right before halftime at the Garden. The fight started after Rajon Rondo took offense to a foul by Kris Humphries on Kevin Garnett. Rondo then pushed Humphries into the stands and the fight proceeded in the lapse of the fans. Not sure what the repercussions will be but this certainly cause suspension similar...
At 6 foot 1, 186 pounds, Rajon Rondo isn’t the biggest player in the NBA, but he just might be one of the toughest. In tonight’s game vs. the Brooklyn Nets, Rondo got into a scuffle with Nets forward Kris Humphries after he Kevin Garnett in the post. The result was a bench-clearing brawl for the ages. Okay maybe it wasn’t that wild of a brawl, but if you’re the type of person...
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was ejected in the second quarter of Wednesday night's game against Brooklyn when he shoved Kris Humphries after the Nets forward knocked Kevin Garnett to the ground with a hard foul.
Humphries was given two technical fouls and ejected. Nets forward Gerald Wallace, who joined the fray under the Boston basket, was given one technical, but...
A brawl broke out in Boston on Wednesday night during a game pitting the Celtics versus the Brooklyn Nets.The incident was sparked when Brooklyn's Kris Humphries committed a hard foul on Boston's Kevin Garnett late in the second quarter. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo took offense and gave Humphries a spirited shove in retaliation. A brief moment of chaos ensued.Both Rondo...
Brooklyn Nets (9-4, 2-3 Road) @ Boston Celtics (8-6, 4-3 Home) TD Garden, 7:30 pm on CSNNE/WEEI Officials: James Capers, Kevin Fehr, Kane Fitzgerald Line: Boston by 4.5 The Nets visit Boston having just taken over the top spot in the Atlantic Division with their 96-89 OT victory over the Knicks on Monday night. Even though the Celtics [...]