WALTHAM -- The Boston Celtics knew Fab Melo was a work in progress when they drafted the seven-foot center this summer.
On Saturday night, he offered a glimpse into his potential by setting an NBA Development League record with 14 blocked shots in the Maine Red Claws' loss to the Erie BayHawks as part of a 15-point, 16-rebound triple-double.
Even though the Celtics are looking for size in the middle -- Jason Collins is their only true center and Chris Wilcox could miss three-to-four weeks with a thumb injury -- don't expect the C's to call up Melo to fill the gap.
"I can tell you I've talked to Fab as, 'How are you doing?' " Doc Rivers said following practice on Sunday. "I haven't talked to anyone that thinks he's ready to come up yet."
Melo is averaging 8.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.3 blocks in nine games for the Red Claws this season. Former Syracuse University and current Celtics teammate Kris Joseph was glad to see Melo's breakout performance.
"We were all happy because Fab, we didn't feel like he had been doing as much as he possibly could in the first couple games," said Joseph, who had been assigned to the Red Claws for Saturday's game. "He was still getting his feet wet and he wasn't comfortable yet. He's been getting better each game. I think this was obviously by far his best game of the season."
By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk
Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.
Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.
During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.
From the Area 21 Twitter page:
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo.
*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other.
*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week.
*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda.
*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out.
*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL.
*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.