The Boston Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors 107-89 Saturday afternoon at the Boston Garden. Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger recorded his first career double-double in the victory, scoring 12 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in 26 minutes of action.
I was really surprised to see Sullinger get so many minutes initially in yesterday’s contest, but if you’re hot, you’re hot and head coach Doc Rivers rode the hot hand in an easy victory. It certainly helped Sullinger that the team was so dominant, as it was a great opportunity for him to get the extra minutes he needs to continue to develop.
One storyline that we haven’t heard much about at all is the reported balky back Sullinger had as the NBA Draft was rolling around. A number of teams were reportedly scared off of him due to injury concerns that they felt could plague him in the long run. The Celtics really had nothing to lose by picking him as picking in the late 20’s allows you to roll the dice. It isn’t nearly the same type of investment as a team making a selection in the top ten. With a top ten pick, you absolutely have to hit on it because if you mess it up, it can damage your team for years to come. Look at the Sacramento Kings. They have been picking in the top ten for at least the last six to seven years and every year they still remain in the lottery. Teams have to be successful picking in the upper tier of the first round.
The Celtics found that guy with lottery talent at the back end of the first round and so far the results are looking very solid.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18