The quick and obvious answer is "no." But, I think there are a few trends we can identify from the Celtics exhibition numbers that very well may carry over into the regular season:
Is Sullinger the C's best rebounder?
- Jared Sullinger led the team in rebounds, averaging 7 per game. It wouldn't surprise me to see Sullinger finish the year as the C's leading rebounder. With Kevin Garnett's minutes hopefully declining, and the role of starting power forward still up in the air, this is a definite possibility. Sullinger also grabbed 20 offensive boards over the 8 games, almost one third of the team's 66 total. That I'm going to chalk up mostly to a rookie hustling while veterans are taking it easy (especially considering Kris Joseph was second on the team with 9), but it's still encouraging.
- Rondo led the Celtics in minutes per game during the preseason, something that is almost certain to continue. Second on the club in MPG was Jeff Green, who also was the team's second leading scorer (13.9 PPG) behind Paul Pierce (15 PPG). Is it possible Green will play that big a role when the games start counting on Tuesday? If Doc Rivers stays true to his word and uses Green off the bench at three positions, he may well end up on the floor 30+ minutes a night.