|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 8, 2013 at 2:50 AM|
Sullinger was easy the Celtics game MVP Monday night at the TD Garden. He was a +9, along with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Brandon Bass, and Kris Humphries started Monday, but one would think if Sully continues to play like this. Then Sully will become a starter this year.I wasn't sure how well Sullinger would play this season, but in his first action since back surgery, he certaintly impressed. Another stat that I love is the 4 offensive rebounds out of his 6 boards. Offensive rebounding has been lacking for the past 4 years or so. It's nice to see offensive rebounding.
One person who wasn't surprised? His coach.
"No, because he’s good," said Stevens. "He’s a good player. And he’s a guy that, even though he’s undersized, you want to throw him the ball in the post because he can pass off of cuts and he can make plays, and he’s just a big body down there. I thought his wind got him a little bit at times, but for the most part, I thought he played a pretty good 20 minutes for us."
Sullinger has stressed that his back is 100 percent healthy after rehabbing from the February surgery that curtailed his rookie season after 45 games. But Sullinger even joked before the game that his weight total at the moment was "confidential" and that he was eager to get in better shape to aid his performance on the floor.
Imagine what he's capable of when he's confident in his conditioning.
Coming off the bench, Sullinger connected on 5-of-11 shots, with all five of his buckets coming near the rim. While he gives up size around the basket, Sullinger showcased that slick offensive repertoire that helped him ascend to a starting role before his back flared last season.
Sullinger's night included a couple of nifty hook shots, a reverse layup, and a putback. His efforts helped Boston erase an early 12-point deficit and make things competitive again.
Sullinger worked well with Wallace (team-high 16 points) and Olynyk (team-high 5 assists) while sparking the second unit.
"Very unselfish players," Sullinger said of Olynyk and Wallace. "Honestly, everybody is very unselfish. They’re just always moving, Kelly and Gerald. I don’t know about myself. I don’t know if I’ll be moving like them. They’re constantly moving and they’re open, so it’s easy to find them."