Thursday, December 12, 2013
Looking for a few big men ...
After 6-foot-11 Kevin Garnett, the Boston Celtics have few quality tall players in the post. Height isn't everything, of course, but it helps. Boston continues to get out-rebounded in games (41-35 last night)
Seven-foot Darko Milicic sat out Tuesday's 97-96 exhibition loss to the Nets; 6-10 Chris Wilcox is out indefinitely with a bad back; 7-foot Fab Melo, one of Boston's first-round draft picks last year, is not ready for prime time; and 7-foot Jason Collins is not going to get quality minutes.
At one point in Tuesday's game, Boston featured 6-9 Jeff Green and 6-9 Jared Sullinger in the post. Both are impressing this preseason. Green, a free-agent signing, is versatile and a proven scorer (14 points Tuesday night). Sullinger, Boston's first first-round pick last year, is showing a maturity beyond his 20 years. He pulled down 20 rebounds Tuesday.
See today's story for more.
Included in the story is the news that former Maine Red Claws guard Jamar Smith was cut by the Celtics. The Red Claws still have the NBA D-League rights to Smith. He has to decided on Portland or going international. When we spoke last week, Smith did not want to think about his options. He was focused on making the Celtics. See the story.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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