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Sullinger gets start for Celtics vs. Heat

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Sullinger gets start for Celtics vs. Heat

BOSTON For the past couple of weeks, Jared Sullinger has played like a starter for the Celtics. Today against the Heat, he will be a starter as Doc Rivers continues to search for answers as to what's the best way to turn the C's season around.

The 6-foot-9 rookie will be making his fourth start of the season for the Celtics who come into today's game against Miami riding a season-worst six game losing streak.

Rivers explained his reasoning behind the move before Sunday's game.

"More because Jared is playing well," said Rivers. "Honestly I don't love it because I worry about our bench."

That's because starting Sullinger takes away one of the C's most productive backup big men of late.

In his last five games, Sullinger has averaged 6.6 points and 8 rebounds off the bench.

But the biggest downside to starting Sullinger is that it likely means the C's will have stretches in which both Sullinger and Garnett are on the bench, which does not bode well for Boston's chances of holding their own on the glass during that spell.

Sullinger's ascension to being a starter should not come as a surprise, especially when you consider he's replacing Brandon Bass who has struggled most of this season.

Not only are Bass' individual numbers down across the board -- that includes minutes played which is a factor in the dip -- but also his impact on games when he does play.

The Celtics are minus-135 this season with Bass on the floor. The team's highest plusminus ratio? That would be Sullinger, at plus-42.

Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.

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“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.

Regrets?

“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”