|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 16, 2013 at 1:20 AM|
Sullinger did a fine job not pointing the finger, after the Celtics dropped Friday nights game 109-96 to Portland in the Garden. Sullinger also had a career night. Sullinger scored a career-high 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Sullinger had most of us worried after he suffered a bone bruise on his right knee.
When you look at Sully. He looks a bit over weight, and maybe it is what it is with him. He's not a player that's going to slam dunk over someone. He's going to hit the jumper, and he's going to pound you down low with a baby hook shot. He's also got a solid fade-away jumper.
Following Friday's loss, Sullinger admitted the knee was bothering him some.
"It was kind of sore (while playing on Friday)," Sullinger said. "But that's what treatment's for. I wish we got the win, but it is what it is."
Sullinger should start, and I wasn't for it before. I liked Vitor, and he was the Celtics starting center for the first few games. Now Kelly starts, and I'm not a fan of it. I guess it matters who finishes the games. As for more on Sully's career night. Jared was the guy who allowed the Celtics to remain in the game during certain stretches. Sully's game often reminds me of David West. They have the same game, and if Sully can stay healthy. The skies the limit.
But as Sullinger sighed, "It feels great; at the same time, we lost."
Sullinger remains unsatisfied with his conditioning, too, pledging to jump back on the arc trainer before Saturday's visit to Minnesota for the second night of a back-to-back set of games. Even he wonders what his ceiling is when he doesn't have to worry about his health or his wind.
Coach Brad Stevens wonders the same thing.
"That’s a good question, because I think he’s playing really well now," said Stevens. "We met [Thursday] and he said he feels like he’s playing better than he’s played last year, and ever before. So hopefully he can continue to enhance, and I think more than anything, play more minutes. He played  tonight, which is quite a bit of minutes, especially off the bench, so he played for long stretches, so that’s probably a good sign."
Sully logged 36 minutes, and that's a bit surprising. At one point who looked gassed. But he was the only Celtic for spurts that could score the rock. Sullinger is essentially playing a second rookie season. His rookie year was cut short. He only played 45 games, and his impact was felt. Sullinger has expectations of becoming a go-to guy, and I see Sully as that one day. He's only 22, and he's either a player that goes with Rondo, or sadly he's used in a trade that brings the C's a star player to fit with Rondo. But if Sully is that star, maybe when Rondo returns his star will shine even more.