HoopsHype Jared Sullinger rumors

February 6, 2014 Updates

Celtics forward Jared Sullinger has put together the best stretch of his young career, averaging 21.3 points and 13.0 rebounds in his last three games. Sullinger had struggled with a hand injury for much of January, and averaged just 11.5 points on 37.2 percent shooting. He credited a chat with his dad for the turnaround. “He said my body language sucked and my attitude sucked,” Sullinger explained. “And he said that’s not what got you here, and he pretty much tried to whoop me back to shape.” Sporting News

January 24, 2014 Updates

“So the draft is really important, and now we have a lot of assets. Draft picks are always tradable. Sometimes players aren’t always tradable, once they expose themselves on the court. Draft picks almost always are tradable. But development is really important for us, and I’m happy with the development of Kelly Olynyk and Phil Pressey and Jared Sullinger and Vitor (Faverani). Vitor has been a little inconsistent, which you’d expect with inconsistent minutes and a guy coming from playing European ball his whole life. It’s a whole different life.” Boston Herald

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Reached this morning, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said the team will appeal to the league for a reversal on the second of two Flagrant 1 fouls called on Jared Sullinger last night during the Celts' 129-98 loss to the Nuggets. Sullinger, who is just one Flagrant 1 foul away from a game suspension, after the two called against him last night in a 23-second span in the third quarter, was called for the first Flagrant 1 when he knocked J.J. Hickson to the floor on a drive to the basket. The second was called when Kenneth Faried absorbed a Sullinger elbow to the chin as the Celts big man attempted a turnaround jumper. Boston Herald

January 1, 2014 Updates

Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger aggravated a left-hand injury while falling to the TD Garden floor in the first half of Tuesday's 92-91 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Sullinger landed hard on his hand, one that he noted earlier this week has a deep bone bruise and sprained ligaments, after going up with a shot in traffic. The injury has lingered since late November when he originally injured the non-shooting hand during a game in Charlotte. ESPN.com

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Sullinger has some credit to pass around for the Celts’ improvements on the defensive end. “I think you’ve got to put a big chunk of that on Brandon (Bass) and a big chunk of that on assistant coach Ron Adams,” Jared Sullinger said. “Ron Adams was the defensive coach and assistant coach in Chicago, and obviously Chicago plays some tough defense, and he knows his stuff. And also I think Brandon really, as far as the bigs standpoint, took on that role of talking to us and teaching us defensive principles. And also Gerald (Wallace) as far as the guards. Gerald is a defensive-minded guy, obviously. He’s always on the ground. He’s always taking charges. Those three guys right there have really helped us out.” Boston Herald

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The Celtics forward said last night that his team is made for only a select group — those who don’t believe its main goal should be the draft lottery. “If we win, don’t jump on our bandwagon now,” Sullinger, who thumbed his nose at tank talkers following Monday’s practice, said before last night’s 108-100 win against Milwaukee. “We don’t want wishy-washy fans. As grown men, we play hard and do the best for this team. For everybody else outside the circle, we could care less.” Boston Herald

Sullinger also reiterated his belief that the Celtics could be a playoff team this season. As for those who laugh at the thought of the C’s in the postseason, the forward was dismissive. “The same guys who are laughing at us are the ones who said we were going to win five games,” said Sullinger, who had 12 points last night. “Now all of a sudden we win some, we lose some, and guys are saying they’re surprised with how the Celtics are playing.” Boston Herald

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The Celtics are as quiet as ever about a Rondo timetable. “Even if it’s 100 percent, there aren’t other bodies on the floor,” coach Brad Stevens said of Rondo’s level of activity. “He’s been playing a little bit of one-on-one before games, but I haven’t seen a lot that would say he’s close to ready. I haven’t seen a timeline, or heard about anything in the near future.” But anecdotal evidence is starting to build that Rondo may be ready for an increase in activity. “He still has his quickness — he can still finish with either hand,” forward Jared Sullinger said. “Rondo is Rondo, and when that knee gets healthy, look out.” Boston Herald

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