Sullinger adapting to more attention down low

Sullinger adapting to more attention down low
February 11, 2014, 12:30 am
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Jared Sullinger is the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, the kind of honor that's sure to make a few headlines.

But more than that, Sullinger's play is starting to bring him more attention on the floor which was indeed the case in Monday's 102-91 win over Milwaukee.

Sullinger's double-double streak is still alive - barely - after he had 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Bucks. Sullinger also had four blocked shots and two assists.

But it wasn't easy.

Milwaukee big men like Zaza Pachulia pushed, poked and pounced on and around Sullinger every chance they had, all game.

"They were really packing down the paint," Sullinger told reporters after the Celtics win. "It didn't allow me to post-up and my jumper wasn't falling for the second consecutive game."

While the Bucks may have very well had that in mind prior to the game. It's hard to imagine that teams are not making adjustments on how to defend him.

Sullinger thinks the adjustment game has already started.

"I see the change in the last couple games," Sullinger said. "Now they send me two people down there. Now I gotta find a way to counter-act that."

Part of that involves making the right pass at the right time, something Sullinger is conscious about.

"You gotta make the right pass," he said. "Sometimes I didn't get the assist, I got the hockey assist. We're a work in progress. It's always beautiful to get a win."