Do the Celitcs need a back-up point guard?

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Do the Celitcs need a back-up point guard?

Yesterday afternoon, the Celtics waived Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith, thus leaving an open spot on their once crowded roster. And when you take a look at what the Celtics have, and what they might need, the most glaring hole is at back-up point guard.

After Rajon Rondo, the closest thing the Celtics have to a true back up is Jason Terry or Avery Bradley (when healthy), but considering Terry's effectiveness off the ball, and the fact that Bradley will likely be starting alongside Rondo, neither fills that back-up role in the purest sense of the word. That's why many believe that that's where the Celtics will turn with their open spot. However, I wouldn't get your hopes up.

First of all, because a true back up point guard has never been a priority for the Big 3 (2.0) era Celtics. In that first season, they had Eddie House backing up Rondo, before later bringing on Sam Cassell who was a point guard, but also 85 years old at the time. In year two, it was House, mixed in with a little Gabe Pruitt and eventually Stephon Marbury. In year three, it was House and Nate Robinson (hardly a pure PG). In year four, it was Robinson and Delonte West (a capable PG, but one who can't stay healthy and a tweener in his own right), and then Carlos Arroyo, who never saw the floor. Last year, it was Keyon Dooling again, not a pure point guard.

Second of all, there's not much else available. Derek Fisher's probably going to sign with the Lakers (if anyone). Mike Bibby's useless. Leandro Barbosa probably won't play for the veteran minimum. Johnny Flynn is a train wreck.

Is there anyone out there who you'd want the C's to waste a spot on to fill the 10 or so minutes that Rondo won't be on the court, or do you think they'd be better off leaving that last spot open, rolling with what they have for now, and waiting to see who's bought out later in the season?

I'd go with option two, and won't be surprised if the Celtics do, too. Or if not, history and reality suggest that they won't use it on a back-up point guard.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 

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“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”