Faverani to continue Boston-to-Portland commute

Faverani to continue Boston-to-Portland commute
February 1, 2014, 5:00 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — The Vitor Faverani express will continue service between Boston and Portland, Maine this weekend.

The Celtics' rookie big man, who on Friday was assigned to the Celtics' Development League affiliate (the Maine Red Claws), will return in time to be available for Sunday's game against the Orlando Magic.

For Faverani, it will have been a chance to play decent minutes in two games which is an opportunity he was unlikely to get in the near future with the Celtics.

Boston's big man rotation right now consists of Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass starting, with Kris Humphries and Kelly Olynyk in the mix as well. And that doesn't even factor in the addition of Joel Anthony.

But you won't hear any grumbling from Faverani who is excited about just having a chance to play.

"It's NBA, it's my first year," Faverani said shortly after his first D-League stint. "The coach has a lot of decisions to make one game. So I respect his decision. I'm here, I work hard all day. He want me to play, I do my best."

And to Faverani's credit, he is doing what young NBA players assigned to the D-League are supposed to do - establish that you can play, and play well.

In his first game with the Red Claws last Saturday, he had 13 points and seven rebounds. He followed that up with a 16-point, 12-rebound effort on Friday night.

The Celtics have maintained that they would be more active in their use of their D-League affiliate this season, and they are staying true to their word.

"We think it's great for our young guys, gives them an opportunity to get out there and play, build on some of their skills and just get better," Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com. "I think the D-League has been good for Vitor."

Earlier this season, Boston sent former Celtic MarShon Brooks (now with Golden State) to the Red Claws for five games.

Afterwards, Brooks talked about how the assignment was good in terms of building up his conditioning and confidence.

Faverani, who has seen his playing time with the Celtics fluctuate from inconsistent to non-existent at times, has been pleased with the opportunity he has received in playing with the Red Claws.

"It's basketball," Faverani said. "They try to play me. I try to play to them. We try and help each other."

And there's a good chance that his most recent assignment to the Red Claws won't be his last.

"For sure if they want I can come back; for sure," Faverani said.