Sullinger losing grip on starting role

Jay King of wrote a piece about how Jared Sullinger may have fell out of the starting lineup, click here to read the entire piece.

Here are some of the highlights:
Even as the Boston Celtics switched lineups throughout the preseason, Jared Sullinger’s starting spot seemed pretty much cemented.
But according to head coach Brad Stevens, Sullinger won’t necessarily start when he returns from an illness that kept him out of Wednesday night's 101-97 win against Brooklyn. After the Celtics concluded their preseason with the aforementioned victory, Stevens hinted Brazilian rookie Vitor Faverani could also be in the mix to open games. “I don’t know when Jared gets back, if we’ll start Jared or bring him off the bench. I think generally we needed more length on the interior,” Stevens said, explaining why he started Faverani against the Nets. “Brandon (Bass) and Jared are both going to play huge roles on this team, and whether they start or come off the bench doesn’t really matter.
Faverani responded to his first start with his best preseason outing, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds and six blocks. But regardless of where Sullinger starts the games, I would bet he finishes more than he doesn't.
Although in this particular instance, Brad Stevens is only discussing the likes of Sullinger, I challenge you to find me a player outside of Rajon Rondo that is not in jeopardy of coming off the bench sometimes. Heck, Jeff Green has come off the bench in preseason games. Avery Bradley may be the closet thing to an every night starter this team has right now.

Although I must admit, it was nice to see someone like Vitor Faverani come out and actually play well to take someone's role as oppose to a player losing their job due to poor play. King is right though, it really is about who is finishing games for the Celtics, not starting them.

Hopefully there is more of this throughout the Celtic's season though. Outside of Rondo's job every role is up for grabs, the players that show the most guts and grab the bull by the horns will be rewarded with the playing time. Keep your eyes open for a rotation that is sure to be changing all season long.

Source: Masslive's Jay Kings

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