Preseason game #1 is in the books; our Boston Celtics fell to the Turkish turkeys otherwise known as Fenerbahce Ulker, a game that is already being purged from the brain cells of fans everywhere. If you watched this game, hopefully you did so from your favorite watering hole. Nothing better than drinking beer and talking about the C’s with your buds. And while this was a forgettable game on many levels, it was also our first opportunity to kick the tires on a revamped squad that has many of us dreaming of another championship. With that said, let’s pass out the grades for this clash with Fenerbahce:
Okay, I’m sold. Sullinger looked comfortable playing the pro game. He has a nose for the ball and a knack for getting things done. Obviously, we’ll need a larger sampling of work to pass final judgment on our boy from Ohio State, but the early indications are all positive at this point.
Slow start, strong finish. It didn’t hurt that Doc Rivers played Green the entire fourth quarter, giving the veteran more opportunities to go to work. There will continue to be whispers that Green is not decisive enough, not forceful enough, not confident enough. And while this outing did little to change the opinion of those who doubt Jeff Green, I for one feel that it was a big first step in the right direction.
Much work still to be done. Lee was ineffectual in his Celtics debut, and Lee will no doubt continue working with Rajon Rondo in terms of finding the right flow. Hey, it’s just one game and I’m not going to freak out. Neither should you. Let’s toss back another beer or two and forget this one ever happend.
Not half bad, which is a good sign for Doc Rivers as he continues to evaluate who will be the team’s primary rotation center off of the bench. Good effort by Darko. Very active. I know, he’s not exactly going up against Andrew Bynum or Dwight Howard in this game, but it was good to see the big man engaged. It left me wanting to see more.
Terry is going to be a huge addition to this team, both from a leadership perspective and in terms of the offensive punch that he brings coming off the bench. In this game he was decent enough, and I came away from it feeling as if he’ll be the glue that cements the new additions to the core nucleus. I expected a little more from Terry in his debut, however.