Jared Sullinger, a second-year player, stepped onto center stage against one of the NBA’s premier power forwards when the Celtics squared-off with the Minnesota T-Wolves at the TD Garden. Sullinger, who had been splitting time with (the almost forgotten man) Vitor Faverani, performed as if he had been snubbed from this year’s All-Star game.
Sullinger opened the night with nine points in the first half, while his counterpart, K-Love, managed six points. In the second half, particularly the fourth quarter, the former Buckeye went to work like a surgeon on the T-Wolves. He splashed in fifteen points in the quarter including some crucial free throws down the stretch to stave off a Minn-‘i’ comeback. Sullinger commixed his attack by traversing the arc and converting on 1-for-2 attempts. His impact wasn’t just felt when he was scoring. He snatched eleven rebounds and a Rubio-like five assists.
What’s love got to do…got to do… got to do? What was the K-Love effect? Oh, he put up the usual double-double: 27 points and 14 rebounds.
Kelly ‘the clinic’ Olynyk had a welcomed contribution in fourteen minutes of action with nine points. It’s good to see him recovering from the ankle injury. The C’s can use all the frontcourt help they can muster. The steady Avery Bradley stood his ground by tallying nineteen points and five needed rebounds.
The C’s are creeping closer to the .500 mark at 12-14 and embracing the return of Rajon Rondo could give the Beantown Ballers a boost of confidence. By the way, has anyone seen Jeff Green?by