Friday, November 22, 2013
Pregame: C's stick with Olynyk/Sullinger
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics will stick with the frontcourt tandem of Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk for Friday's visit from the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers.
Despite Indy's big front line (Roy Hibbert and David West), Celtics coach Brad Stevens didn't make the switch back to rookie Vitor Faverani to add some bulk up front. He likes how the Sullinger/Olynyk combo performed in San Antonio.
"I think the two bigs have complemented each other pretty well ever since Kelly arrived," said Stevens. "They both can pass. They both can shoot. They both can space the floor. You can run things through them, which is unique for 4s and 5s. We have to decide how we want to be and what team we’re going to be. Everybody gives us a little different feel when they’re on the court.
"Those guys gave us a nice little offensive rhythm, and to be quite honest, after starting down 18-1 against Houston, I didn’t want to start off with one point in the first nine minutes [against San Antonio]. And I felt like they would give us the best chance, offensively, of starting well as a group. But like I said, that could change tomorrow. We’ve just got to keep searching and find the best things for this team."
A few more quick hits from pregame access:
- BOGANS OUT AGAIN: Keith Bogans, who has played just 15 minutes in two appearances this season, is out again due to illness.
- C'S VS. SCHEDULE: The Celtics continue to endure a daunting November schedule, but Stevens was asked if he liked how his team bounced back from a drubbing in Houston with a competitive effort in San Antonio. "They’ve played 13 games since Oct. 30. Tonight will be the 14th and, like I said, we’ve had five practices since then," said Stevens. "They’re going to have nights that aren’t great and hopefully those are few and far between. But I think the most important thing is how you respond after that night. And they did a good job."
- VOGEL BACK IN BOSTON: Frank Vogel started his career as a video guy in Boston. Asked if he ever gets the urge to go check out what new technology the Celtics have for their current video staff, Vogel said, "I do. I always get flashbacks. Every nook and cranny of this building has some sort of memory of a win or a loss or an experience. Just like this whole city, when you walk around the city, there's so many memories here. It's always great coming back here."