By the numbers: Sullinger leading the way in plus/minus

By the numbers: Sullinger leading the way in plus/minus
December 6, 2013, 2:15 pm
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BOSTON — It's no secret that Jared Sullinger is a big part of what the Boston Celtics are trying to achieve every night which is to win games.

But it's hard to argue that there's anyone more valuable on the floor for the Celtics, then Sullinger.

This season, the Celtics are a plus-51 when he plays.

That's not just the best on the team, but it's better than the plus-minus ratios of the rest of the team combined.

In fact, seldom-used MarShon Brooks (+4) is the only other Celtic player with a positive, plus-minus ratio this season.

Teammates aren't surprised that Sullinger has been able to make such an immediate impact this season.

"The main thing was him getting healthy," said Gerald Wallace. He was banged up a whole lot. His conditioning was off a little bit. Once he's healthy playing to his level, we all know what he can do down on the block."

Yes, Sullinger has put up some impressive numbers for the Celtics this season.

Here are a few more digits to digest prior to tonight's game against Denver, one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

2: The number of wins Boston has this season (compared to seven losses) when allowing an opponent to score at least 100 points. That record includes wins at Miami (111-110) and against Orlando (120-105) in November.

6: The number of double digit scorers for the Nuggets, led by Ty Lawson's 19.3 points per game but also includes former Celtic Nate Robinson (10.2) off the bench.

16: The percentage of hook shots taken by Kenneth Faried, almost doubling (8.4) his percentage of hook shots launched last season.