C's give Pressey first NBA start

C's give Pressey first NBA start
January 15, 2014, 7:15 pm
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Phil Pressey got his first NBA start for the Celtics on Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

(USA Today Sports)

BOSTON — My how quickly things can change in the NBA.

With Rajon Rondo's return near, all thoughts were that Phil Pressey's role would diminish to the point where a D-League stint seemed likely.

Instead, Boston shipped out Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to Golden State, and Pressey finds himself in the rotation which will include his first career start Wednesday night against the Raptors.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens announced the lineup prior to thegame.

It makes sense to start Pressey, considering the Celtics' other option was to start Jerryd Bayless who hasn't even been with the team a week after arriving via trade from Memphis last week.

Pressey, an undrafted rookie out of Missouri, has averaged 1.5 points, 1 rebound and two assists while appearing in 35 games this season.

Well aware that he might play a key role on the floor some nights and not play at all others, Pressey makes a point of getting as much as he can out of every opportunity he gets to play.

The main thing is to always stay ready," Pressey told CSNNE.com recently. "That's what the players, coaches keep telling me so that's what I try to do."