Vitor Faverani continued to impress the Boston Celtics coaching staff in their final preseason game on Wednesday night. The 6-foot-11 center had 15 points, seven rebounds, and six blocks in the C’s second win over the Brooklyn Nets.
The talk after the game, of course, was the stat that jumps out to all NBA guru’s: 6 blocks. What’s more impressive, however, is that Faverani did so with a sore lower back. In fact, the injury almost kept him out of the game.
When asked how he dealt with the pain, Faverani’s answer was simple.
“Adrenaline. You want to play every time,” Faverani said. “After the game, when you relax, you feel some pains. But in the game, no."
Faverani underwent a precautionary MRI on Thursday morning, and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens says the results will be examined sometime today.
“He should be fine too,” said Stevens. “I think it’s also very preventative, making sure that we’re taking the appropriate steps to make sure he is not only – kind of like (Phil Pressey’s) ankle last week, we don’t want guys necessarily to be available. We want them to be full go, especially at this time of the year.”
Stevens was so impressed with the rookie’s performance during the preseason that he hinted at the possibility of – if healthy – Faverani starting.
"I thought Vitor was really good," Stevens said. "Now I think the challenge for Vitor is, coming off of success, how do you handle that? I think that he’s shown nothing but a good maturity about him thus far. And I don’t have any reason to think that he won’t handle it well.
His performance thus far hasn’t just been noticed by the coaching staff. Celtics forward Jared Sullinger praised Faverani on Wednesday night, for both his skill and prowess around the rim.
"Vitor played great," said Sullinger. "His defensive presence was awesome and he also finished the ball. I think Vitor being inserted into the lineup will really help us out at the beginning of the quarter, because that's what we lack the most."