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Celtics Morning Joe: Sully showing growing pains in Denver loss

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 8, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Jarred Sullinger either wanted to see "our" Buckeyes lose to MSU, or he had a lapse of judgment after being ejected Tuesday night against Denver. Sullinger shouldn't be suspended, but the NBA could if they see Sully's flagrant fouls worthy of a possible ban for a game or two. I've seen much worse in the NBA, but things have been watered down int the NBA so will see. Sully will learn from this, but perhaps he was a bit frustrated by the first flagrant foul, in which he didn't hit the guy over the head, and honestly it was a hard foul at best.

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It raises Sullinger's flagrant foul point total to five points. The next flagrant foul he is whistled for this season will result in him being suspended for at least one game.

If Sullinger is whistled for a flagrant-1 foul, he will be suspended for the next game following the one in which his point total exceeded five points.

He could potentially wind up being suspended for two games if the next flagrant foul he commits is considered a flagrant-2 which is an automatic ejection from the game.

And if Sullinger's flagrant foul point total reaches seven or more and he commits a flagrant-1 or flagrant-2 foul afterwards, that would result in an automatic two-game suspension.

The NBA defines a flagrant-1 foul as "unnecessary contact by a player against an opponent."

 The opposing team is awarded two free throws and possession of the ball.

Flagrant-2 fouls are defined as "unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent."

The opposing team is awarded two free throws and possession of the ball, while the player who commits the foul is automatically ejected.

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Reply paul
9:01 AM on January 8, 2014 
First of all, the way the flagrant fouls are defined is, as usual, total flaming BS, which basically empowers officials to call anything flagrant, anything at all, practically. Second, I like Sully's fierceness. Got to wonder about his work ethic, though. The elbow he threw at Faried was, I would say, caused by Sully not being strong enough. Faried is a tough guy, and Sully faces tough guys every game, and I think he just needs more raw power to establish position with. The clobbering of Hickson on the breakaway was caused by Hickson beating Sully down the floor, which I think has to do with Sully's conditioning, and also Green's passive defense on the breakaway. Green's man got the ball on the breakaway, and Green - to his credit - had beaten the man down the floor, and had position, and thus 'forced' him to give the ball up to Hickson, who had beaten Sully down the floor. But Green was content to allow his man to seal him off from the play after the handoff to Hickson. He should have angled off so that he could switch to Hickson after the handoff, which would have given him and Sully a very effective defense on Hickson together,. probably shutting down the break, or forcing a potentially dangerous return handoff from Hickson to Green's man. Green made the correct play, sure, but passively, while Sully made the incorrect play, but fiercely. If I had to choose, though I don't want to choose, I'd rather have fierce defense than correct defense. Either way, Sully needs to work hard on his strength and conditioning this summer, if he's going to take the 'next step', I think.
Reply Morena
3:53 PM on January 8, 2014 
I'm sure Sully is really frustrated.
He's probably one of the smartest guy on the team, and he understand the situation better than other guys. Moreover, he's hurt and he can't help the team like he wants to.
I hope he can get some rest and get better fast.
Reply paul
11:06 AM on January 9, 2014 
He seems to need more physical strength and conditioning