The Boston Celtics are home from Europe, but it is no rest for the weary. They continue their preseason schedule this weekend as they prepare for that all too important season-opener against the Miami Heat at the end of the month.
The Celtics split their two games overseas, losing to Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey and beating EA7 Emporio Armani Milano in Italy.
Here’s what we learned about the Celtics in their first two preseason games:
- Jared Sullinger is the real deal. The first-round pick proved his worth against Turkey, scoring 16 points and pulling down 8 rebounds. His first real performance in a Celtics uniform earned him a starting spot in Boston’s second game against Milan, where he posted 7 points and 9 rebounds. NBA teams were concerned about Sullinger’s injury potential, but the Celtics took their chances. It’s only been two preseason games, but this kid could definitely be a game-changer down the stretch.
- Rajon Rondo is ready to lead, again. The Celtics’ point guard made it very clear this off-season this is his team, and he is the leader. He scored 17 points in the game against Milan, proving that last season’s offensive outpouring wasn’t a fluke. Rondo was never known for his outside shooting, but if he’s going to lead this team like he says he will, he must stay aggressive. If he can permanently add that short jumper to his game, he is a serious threat because no team can stop him if he has the ability to drive and knock down shots. » Continue reading “Celtics Return Home From European Excursion”