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Celtics’ Sullinger has bone bruise on knee, officially day-to-day

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During the Celtics run the past four games to the top of the Atlantic Division (that it only takes four games speaks volumes about that division right now) Jared Sullinger has played well off the bench. On the season he is averaging 11.3 points a game.

But he took a hard charge Monday night against the Magic, which led to getting an MRI on his knee, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.

The results are back and it is a bone bruise, reports Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. This is not serious, Blakely says.

The injury doesn’t appear to be one that will sideline him for an extended period of time, but “we just want to make sure,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Boston plays Wednesday night against Charlotte and he could miss that one, then has a back-to-back at home against Portland and Minnesota Friday and Saturday.

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If Sullinger does not play, expect to see some Kris Humphries, who has had a limited role with Boston as they try to build up their younger players.

Gerald Wallace calls out Celtics’ teammates on effort, being “selfish”

Gerald Wallace

It’s going to be a long season for Boston — a couple seasons ago they were up 3-2 on the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, now they are looking at how many lottery ping pong balls they can rack up.

But for a professional like Gerald Wallace, what is inexcusable is a lack of effort — you can’t let the other guy outwork you. Effort is a key reason Wallace is still in the league.

The Celtics haven’t busted it like that this preseason and Wallace called them out on it after a 104-89 loss to the Timberwolves in Montreal, via CSNNE.com.

“Guys are out there being selfish, and their opponents are playing with effort, giving their all regardless of how the night is going,” said Wallace who led the Celtics with 16 points. “Tonight we ran into another team that wanted the game more than we did. And they came and played like it. We had some good spurts, but when it came down to it they were determined to win the game and we (weren’t).”

Boston forward Jeff Green agreed.

“They just wanted it more than us, plain and simple,” said Green who had 12 points off the Celtics bench. “We can’t allow teams to play harder than us.”

Welcome to having a young team — and a young team without its leader in uniform as Rajon Rondo recovers from his knee injury.

It’s up to Wallace, Courtney Lee, Kris Humphries and eventually Rondo to teach that lesson, by words and example. (I leave Green off that list because I need to see him bring his best effort every night before I would say he can teach that trait to others.) Brad Stevens plays a role in there also, this isn’t college where you can slough off for a night against a lesser conference team and still get the win.

Then we see who picks it up, who catches on and who will stick with the Celtics in the future.

Wednesday And-1 Links: Mark Cuban cleared of insider trading

Mark Cuban

Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was acquitted of insider trading, a case brought by the SEC that he has blasted since the start. As you would expect of Cuban after the victory, he was modest and respectful… who are we kidding, he slammed the government prosecutors.

• Kris Humphries auctioned off Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring for $749,000. So, he got something out of that marriage.

• By the way, Humphries is out of Wednesday’s Celtics preseason game with a sore foot.

• Trey Burke had his finger surgery and will be in a splint for three weeks, then be re-evaluated. He expects to be back in 4-6 weeks, we’ll see.

• We already told you how Dwight Howard said he left Los Angeles this summer because he had to do what was right for Dwight. Another interesting thing he told the Orlando Sentinel — he was unhappy the Magic gave his No. 12 to another player, Tobias Harris. Really? This is another case of Howard overestimating how fondly people think of him. The bridges with Orlando fans are burned to a crisp and they have moved on, whether or not Howard has.

• Grantland has a fantastic profile of Andre Drummond.

• When NBA execs were asked to if they prefer LeBron James or peak Michael Jordan, they picked Jordan. Shocking. Who wouldn’t?

• Then players were asked about LeBron and asked to give their honest opinions. Did you really think many would give up money to play with him?

• By the way, if you want to watch LeBron work out for an hour, here you go.

• Marcus Camby is still thinking about having foot surgery due to his torn plantar fascia.

• The Nets waived Marko Jaric Wednesday.

• Fun Vine from Kyrie Irving.

• Finally, check out the trailer for “Medora,” a documentary that follows a high school basketball team from a down-and-out town in Indiana. It was produced by Steve Buscemi  (Boardwalk Empire) and Stanley Tucci (Hunger Games).  Check out the trailer.

Monday And-1 Links: Kris Humphries vs. Rajon Rondo, who ya got?

Rajon Rondo

Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Esquire loves Scarlett Johansson

• In the Celtics locker room there is a voting board up with the question: Who would you take in a fight, Kris Humphries or Rajon Rondo? That’s tough. Normally you want to go with the more scrappy guy and that’s Rondo, but he does give up eight inches and 60 pounds and that’s a lot to make up. Tough call. I’ll take Floyd Mayweather.

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw doesn’t expect Kobe Bryant to be ready for the season opener.

• Miami’s Norris Cole says he’s just trying to stay focused and ignore trade rumors. It’s training camp, 300 other NBA players will give you that exact same answer.

• Breaking down how Anthony Davis scored so well in his first preseason game — expect a big jump from him this season.

• Here’s an old photo of Dr. J and John Havlicek wearing sombreros.

• Cleveland’s Tyler Zeller is otu for Tuesday’s preseason game against Milwaukee due to a strained left hip flexor.

• Orlando’s Doron Lamb sprained his ankle Sunday and did not practice on Monday.

• Charlotte’s Al Jefferson missed the end of practice Monday’s due to a sore hamstring, however he expects to play on Tuesday so nothing serious.

• Why Clipper fans should be optimistic about their defense.

• Philadephia inked a one-year, partially guaranteed contract with reserve big man Gani Lawal.

• Chris Bosh was on Parks and Recreation last week.

• Javaris Crittenton murder trial update: He talked about wanting to “beat the s— out of” the prosecutor, you can probably imagine how well that went over with the judge. Enjoy your ankle monitor and curfew.

• Steve Nash and his wife have figured out their custody battle.

• Sergei Belov, the legendary Soviet player who was a key part of the disputed 1972 Olympic win over Team USA, has passed away.

• Finally, LeBron James’ son got an X-Box themed birthday cake which includes his father on the NBA 2K14 cover on it. The lesson here, if you’re LeBron’s son you get cool things.

Expect to see some Kris Humphries as center in Boston

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Kris Humphries isn’t a center but he can play the spot in a pinch — last season in Brooklyn he played 2 percent of the team’s minutes at the five (according to 82games.com). He was about average on offense, a little below average on defense, but he’s not terrible at the spot. The season before he played 11 percent of the Nets minutes at center and averaged 22.6 points per 48 minutes and had an All-Star level PER of 25.4.

Which is good because Boston could be playing him there a lot.

The Celtics have some solid fours on their roster in Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger, but at center it’s basically rookie Kelly Olynyk and Vitor Faverani. Basically, Boston has a bunch of fours who will masquerade as centers. Which means we could see a lot of Humphries at the five in Boston.

He told Celtics.com he’s good with that, as transcribed by Masslive.com (hat tip Eye on Basketball).

“Well I’ve always played power forward, center, sometimes switching out guarding some ‘3’ men,” said Humphries, asked specifically if he anticipates playing some center. “I think with some of the versatility we have, we’ll see guys playing different positions out there.”

Last season when Kevin Garnett was on the court, the Celtics allowed 96.2 points per 100 possessions, which would have been the best in the league if they could have maintained it. However when he was off the court that jumped to 104.6 per 100 — that would have been 22nd in the league, about equal with the Raptors.

This season Garnett is in Brooklyn and rookie coach Brad Stevens has a bunch of undersized guys to play center. It doesn’t look promising.

So expect a lot of Humphries at center, which is potentially good for the offense. As for that other end of the court… well, this is going to be a very different Boston team.