With the first half coming to a close, it was time for the NBA players to relax and head to New Orleans for the All Star Game festivities. Boston Celtics’ big men, Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger were selected by Chris Webber to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge which is a basketball game designed to showcase the best rookie and sophomore players in the league today. Sullinger got going early in the event Friday night. Sullinger was making a statement to the league that just because he is a big person does not mean he can’t shoot the ball from beyond the arc. Sullinger knocked down three three-pointers in a 13 point and 4 assist effort. Kelly Olynyk also played well. He scored 9 points for Team Webber, including a nice fastbreak dunk, to go along with 3 steals all in part of a 142-136 loss to Grant Hill’s team.
There are some things that Celtics fans can learn or talk about from this All-Star weekend. One, despite a horrendous 19-35 record at the break, Sullinger and Olynyk were able to show that they are still having fun with basketball. This shows high character of those two players. Many players in the league today do not deal with losing well at all. Second, with no Celtics being selected to the All-Star Game, this may display that Boston has zero potential All-Stars besides Rondo who doesn’t count because of injury. Sullinger could possibly be the only current Celtic with All-Star capability. Summarily, the Boston Celtics are a long way away from reaching the ultimate goal of holding up the Larry O’Brien trophy.
With the second half about to be under way, the Boston Celtics are currently the 6th worst team in basketball. This puts them in prime position for a great draft pick this summer. The Celtics need to continue to play competitively, but not to the point where they are risking their players’ health. Let’s face it. The Celtics are not going to win anything this year even if they somehow slip into the playoffs. The Boston Celtics franchise is currently sitting at a good position to rebuild the team properly and should do whatever it can to not mess that up.