Ian Thompsen: What loss of Sullinger means for Celtics
Fri, 1 Feb 2013|
Sports Illustrated's Ian Thompsen joins Celtics Pregame Live to discuss what the loss of Sullinger means for the Celtics.
Is it fair to compare it would take a look here at soldier. First friend of -- support this season solid lesson that it's. You take a look at the points slightly less. But you have the zags hit the wall he's had a positive effect for the team with a plus forty -- of our -- -- at. Had a bad season everything minus one point three. I think if you take the numbers. It is from out the window in and you just take a look at what you've been seeing his sellinger has played better than Brandon bass and is no doubt about it but -- Thompson from Sports Illustrated and SI dot com. He's over at the garden we got news this afternoon the silly underwent season ending back surgery. What are the Celtics do now -- I think -- know. The thing with Danny Ainge does obviously. I think they still think about trying to make the playoffs and I think they. We've leaned on Jeff Green more than that. And suit up. We started the year -- -- he was a guy that we're looking either could end. Now we wanted takeovers and wants to be Lamar Odom from off the bench -- had a happier to get back on this in his heart troubles of last year in the surgery had. Plays the game better and better in recent weeks and now I think they ask -- to do everything you want to come off the bench beat down of the -- scores being really aggressive. And not worry about fitting in to assist and just go after me I really think this could be a change of mindset you would Jeff Green where where you don't sit there and take over. That would bring facts he's headed down year compared to season he had a year ago since he stepped off in Sullivan's death. Well that's entirely up to him it's it's all there for him. I think I think the good barometer will be looking is rebounding numbers with the need those to go up that's could be big need for everything. Jeff Green included. Basket rebound better. And he finds himself making -- those open jumpers that made him so valuable last year. Look there if there is there a bunch of guys fast Jeff Green Jason Terry. Those in the upside guys now in the second half of the year for Kansas there's going to be a need for them we played better this could be opportunities for them to play better. And and whether or not the Celtics make the playoffs that depend on them into the game. Well you know how it works here as well as I do it without even getting off the bench that Melo is going to be compared to the -- -- And that's just the way it works in this town. Quite frankly I think he's better off in the at least for the rest of the season perhaps the next thought out of necessity he had to come up does this -- see any time. You know it's -- it is good drive them crazy. When he's in the game and doesn't. Do the rotations and all of those Celtic defense -- things that. They're really defined the team the last half dozen years. And he can sins not yet no worries don't these these so on the one hand you're gonna say yeah I'll let let there they're going to be seeing what's given time. Maybe block some shots and help us with the rebounding. But it's it does no good at the other teams win ball in the basket conceive of over rotates so that's gonna be the big problem for him. When I'm talking to Jim behind it and some of the fab Melo Vegas during the Olympics. He felt like Bethel by the end of the year will be contributing to the team. And now is very -- never did just that most feared Jim was right. Any age you talked about him off the top saying that compensatory goes but you feel the system the playoff team. Does Danny do something drastic. There's this push into the -- where he blows it up. Well I I don't know that puts them victims of the green had no nobody can say okay you broke up the team. It's not to be like at Memphis where there will complain about -- -- trade for good reason. Or even the Kendrick Perkins trade a couple of years ago here that's not Indian -- If he does make trades to try to rebuild for the future. -- it's gonna say that your harming chances for this remorse on one hand. The -- free rein on the other hand to his most valuable trading pieces in -- treatable it was soldier Rondo. I really think that they have a chance maybe to find out what Jeff Green as they can help us rebuild from within by giving the bigger opportunities Jeff Green. I've -- see exactly what they have by the end they keep this team intact they'll know what they're up by the end of the year. He should still when they step away from the emotion that's they should still be thinking themselves as a playoff team. When you look at their top three Jason Terry is there with Garnett appearance. It's better than philly's top three. Whenever -- -- home they Evan Turner Thaddeus Young I mean this to me is better than that three. Of course these three have not missed the people here for injuries that can keep going for the second out here these are all the questions. Well quick we will take a look at the conference standings and this is your boy this is why you're Celtics had made the playoffs because it doesn't seem. That the other teams below them want to philadelphians beat him back -- -- Detroit Toronto and Orlando. Plus eighteen of the last 46 coming to Detroit tonight so right now there's really no threat. From the teams that are out of the playoffs to unseat the Celtics -- you agree. Right now Philly definitely wants to make him make the lovely and today they have a -- me and Andrew Bynum is going to be free agent this summer and he's going to want to come back and and prove that he's night so. That's the one. X-Factor here explorers Andrew Bynum what's he going to give them is he gonna make them better big game. Worse trying to fit him into a brand new offense in the half court -- who never played before. He could he could catapult -- forward he can make it even worse. Yeah.