Faverani took advantage of D-League opportunity

Faverani took advantage of D-League opportunity
January 27, 2014, 10:15 am
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BOSTON — Vitor Faverani would love to play as much as possible with the Celtics. But at this point, simply playing in games is more important.

That's why he didn't hesitate when given an opportunity to spend some time with the Celtics' Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Faverani was sent to the D-League on Saturday and scored 13 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists while playing just under 26 minutes.

He was recalled by the Celtics the following day and scored two points along with grabbing one rebound in Boston's 85-79 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

"It was really, really nice for me," Faverani said of his brief D-League stint. "The team, they play together. They try to help. They help me, they give me minutes. I appreciate that."

And the Celtics appreciate the fact that Faverani has been able to keep a level-headed demeanor despite a rocky, up-and-down season.

Faverani got the hopes of Celtics Nation up early in the season when in just his second game as an NBA player, he tallied 12 point, 18 rebounds and six blocked shots in a loss to Milwaukee. The 18 rebounds and six blocks remain his career highs in those respective categories.

Since then, both his playing time and production have fluctuated in part because of his play but also the play of those around him.

"His minutes have dipped because Kris (Humphries) has played so well," Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com. "Vitor is a typical young player, trying to find his way."

And that way took him to Portland for a day, and then back to Boston for Sunday night's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

While some players look at the D-League as a demotion, Faverani saw it as another chance to get better.

That's why he didn't hesitate to make the two-hour drive, along with his brother, girlfriend and another friend to Maine.

In addition, Faverani said a second D-League stint isn't out of the question either.

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