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“That’s a great example, when you go into games, from our standpoint, we want to look at different guys, and we got a great look at him,” head coach Doc Rivers said of Sullinger afterward. “He was terrific. The point I made before the game, it was his first time playing minutes with the starters, and I thought he was good with the starters and I thought he was good with the bench, so that’s a good sign. I thought he played with a great calm. For a rookie, he’s never in a hurry, that was good.”
“That’s pretty good, but at the same time I can’t be satisfied,” he said. “In this league it’s either go hard or go home. You just look forward to the next game. Kevin told me you come in and play hard or you don’t play. So that’s what I’m doing, and I’m trying to feed off of Kevin. I’m always asking questions. You just have to know your role. You have to understand that you’re playing with some greats.”
Defensively, he needs a little work. Taller FBU players scored with relative ease over the top, an indication that he needs to do his work before the ball gets into the post. A few more sessions in KG’s Finishing School for Aspiring Big Men will no doubt help, but like most rookies, the finer points of NBA post defense are an issue.
Still, all-in-all, a very nice debut for Sullinger. After an impressive summer league, it’s nice to see him continue to play well against a little better competition. The tests will keep on coming, but Sullinger seems to have a good attitude about what it takes to be great. These past few months make you feel good about the possibility of Sullinger being a long-term contributor to this team.
Related links: CSNNE: Green/Sullinger show great promise
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston: Green settles in, shows leadership | WEEI: C’s drop preseason opener in Turkey | Herald: Opening game a bit of a Turkey | Globe: Basketball boon in Turkey due partly to “The White Shadow” | Celtics lose in Turkey