Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley, Vitor Faverani, Kelly Olynyk, and just added to the already chock-full gurney is Gerald Wallace as the Celtics’ roster reads more like a list of missing parts to a unfinished model kit.
As a Doctor (in my own mind), it would be challenging for me to have give a medical report to Coach Brad Stevens about the dismal state his team is in as they approach a showdown with the No. 1 defensive team in the NBA.
And now, Gerald Wallace, who has been playing on an tender ankle and a sore knee, has just been diagnosed with a torn meniscus.
As a Doctor (as so noted above), I recommend that the C’s take it easy for the remainder of the season and call me before camp begins.
No, really the C’s can take solace in the fact that this a rebuilding year (full blown now) and they can get an actual assessment of what they have in stock. Danny Ainge can get the view that he didn’t have at first and that is one with an almost ’empty’ roster.
This is also quite the experience for Stevens who in his first year in a professional sports town and to coach one or arguably the most storied franchise in all of sports. All this comes at a time when the trade winds are swirling around the one player that most thought wouldn’t accept him– Rondo.
Stevens has mixed and matched his starting line-up most of, if not, all of this season, trying to appease aged veterans and at the same time nurture the youth that would someday have to step up and play. The frustration of losing so many close games after holding or overcoming leads; undergoing a mid-season trade of a journeyman (Jordan Crawford), who seemed to just be getting comfortable in a new role set before him, could have bested some of the league’s longtime generals.
Stevens continues to take it on the chin and never offers up any excuses but focuses on the task at hand. Saturday night the task will be the same as before — face the league’s best and give them one on the chin.
This model is well under construction and yet to be determined.by