Boston Celtics starting lineup still up in the air

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Vitor Faverani impressed in his first game and Brandon Bass was on fire, but that doesn't guarantee that they will start game 2.

The story of the game (at least for the first half) was the inspired play by Vitor Faverani.  They went to him early and often and he was not shy about putting up shots.  His experience playing pro ball in Brazil Spain clearly has prepared him for just about anything.  He's kind of like a veteran rookie in that respect.  He's got plenty to learn about the NBA (not the least of which is communicating in English) but you can tell he knows his way around a basketball floor.

With all that said, he was somewhat of a surprise addition to the starting lineup.  However, even with his excellent first game, we might not see Fav at the opening tip for very long.

Notebook: Vitor Faverani ‘can’t believe’ call to start | Boston Herald

Stevens, after mulling the matter for a long time, sent out a starting lineup of Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Gerald Wallace, Brandon Bass and Faverani. He noted that if Sullinger had played, he might have started Sullinger and 6-foot-11 rookie Olynyk together. "He may lead us in minutes," Stevens said of Olynyk. "He can do a lot of different things. If Sullinger were here, we may have started Olynyk. But we all have to be prepared. It’s almost like we’ll have six or seven starters instead of five."

I find this interesting on a few levels.  First, Stevens isn't going to let one game swing his decision making process too much.  He'll trust his judgments and numbers.  Second, he really does pay attention to pairings.  To the point where Sullinger missing the game impacted two positions instead of just one.

Kelly Olynyk had a very rookie-in-his-first-game type of game but with Sullinger back he might get his first NBA start.  Or maybe he won't.  It sounds like the coach was telling the truth when he said that the starting lineup could be a fluid situation all year.

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