Sometimes sports themes intertwine.
The injury bug has run roughshod over the Celtics’ roster yet again. This time it’s Jared Sullinger who has been hit. Sully was elbowed by the Lakers’ Chris Kaman in the Celtics’ lost Friday night. Sullinger finished the game but was later diagnosed with a mild(?) concussion and his status is day-to-day.
The C’s roster is already shortened by the absence of Avery Bradley, who was nursing a bum ankle. Vitor Faverani is still recovering from a knee injury and overcoming being sick just before the game in San Antonio.
Then there’s Rondo still recovering from a torn ACL. He reportedly said that he didn’t feel comfortable playing on it with the team playing three games in four nights.
Can you blame him (or Danny Ainge)? With all the trade talk swirling about, I would think that the health of his knee is a priority if there’s any chance Danny Ainge can get some kind of deal in place for a point guard that has seen better days.
Boston would be without Sullinger and that would leave the C’s with just nine players for Saturday’s match-up in Sacramento and a gaping hole in the middle. Sacramento had a skilled big of their own – Demarcus Cousins.
The Kings and the Celtics were embroiled in a physical game that turned a little testy particularly with Kris Humphries and Demarcus Cousins. The two would provide the dramatic setting to an already intense scene for the thinned-out Celtics’ roster.
Humphries played a solid game, making 9 of his 15 attempts and doing an A+ job in getting Cousins’ goat. Demarcus Cousins scored just 13 points. Humphries and Cousins would get tangled up several times during the night. On one occasion, Cousins would confront Humphries while free throws were attempted, thus collecting his 13th technical foul of the season and eventually fouling out.
The C’s didn’t fare much better…………Gerald Wallace and Brad Stevens were both ejected with 35.7 seconds left and they lost the game. Brad Stevens is my C.o.Y. He’s one captain that doesn’t mind going down with his ship.
One way or the other, (injury or foul) the C’s were out.by