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Sullinger remains on the bench, but playing well

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 12, 2014 at 3:25 AM

Like the Celtics up and down road trip, Sully has endured a few bumps on the road as well. Sulligner has played well in the Celtics last two road games, and at the same time so has Kris Humphries. Sully hasn't acted like a baby since Stevens made the change, and in the long run, Stevens will move Sully back. Now is just not the time.


"It's not a decision that's necessarily long term," Stevens told reporters on Saturday. "But we thought it was best for us at the time."

Sullinger has come off the bench in Boston's last two games with Kris Humphries assuming the starting job at center.

"We've played well two games in a row now," Stevens said. "Hopefully we can get the same kind of production from Sully off the bench and have our starters play well."

In the loss to Golden State, Sullinger had 21 points and 11 rebounds. And Humphries was solid as well with 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Sullinger's play is even more impressive considering the deep bone bruise and sprained ligaments in his left hand that he has played with for more than a month now.

"All these guys have a lot of nicks and bruises," Stevens said. "It's part of playing basketball. It's part of playing this many games. Some are worse than others, some have to fight through more pain than others. Credit them for doing that."

But as far as Sullinger is concerned, "It looks like he's doing better," said Stevens who added, "hopefully that adds up and he feels 100 percent soon."

Sully was strong in Oakland with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Sullinger was strong as well in Portland with 14 points and 10 rebounds. A guy who struggled a bit in the past two games has been Bass. Hump has been wonderful, but Bass continues his inconsistent play this season. Stevens isn't worried about making guys like him, they do by respect and how he treats the guys.

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Reply Morena
8:19 AM on January 12, 2014 
I think Sully needed also a mental break.
Stevens did a good thing letting him come off the bench in the last couple of games.
Reply Greg
12:52 PM on January 12, 2014 
Morena says...
I think Sully needed also a mental break.
Stevens did a good thing letting him come off the bench in the last couple of games.

Agree, Stevens took the pressure off, and it allowed Sully to get back into his groove. It's helped the bench too.