|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 1, 2013 at 6:15 AM|
While Jared Sullinger was serving a one game suspension handed out by the C's for his legal troubles over the summer. His team was getting smashed on the glass up in Canada. Sullinger is set to return Friday night, as the Celtics play their first game at home. Sullinger should help close the rebounding gap, and I'm curious to see if Sullinger comes off the bench or starts.
"Rebounding is my forte," said Sullinger. "That’s what I pride myself on. So that really stood out, the rebounding."
I hope it's his forte this year. The Celtics may have won Wednesday night if they rebounded better, and if they took care of the ball. Sullinger is a guy that can help with the glass, and his nose for the ball was outstanding last season.
"I was definitely cringing when I realized we weren't getting a lot of rebounds that we were supposed to get," said Sullinger whose team-imposed suspension was due to his role in a domestic violence incident that was dismissed in Waltham District Court on Monday.
Said Boston coach Brad Stevens: "I don't think there's any doubt, when Jared's not with us you take away one of our best rebounders, that's one thing. But at the same time, some of our rebounding issues were caused by the ball getting inside of our defense. We can't let it get in there that easily."
Bass was solid on the offensive end, but his rebounding is inconsistent at best. Sullinger's best chance to land a spot in the starting unit? Rebound the ball, it's that simple. The Celtics extended Sully into next season for $1.4 million, a discount in my book, but for me, he needs to prove himself again afer missing the second half last season.