Sullinger on All-Star snub: 'It doesn't faze me'

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Sullinger on All-Star snub: 'It doesn't faze me'

BOSTON -- Jared Sullinger didn't find out he was not selected to the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge until he arrived at the TD Garden Wednesday night. Once the rookie learned the news, his reaction was unaffected.
"I don't care," he told CSNNE.com. "It doesn't faze me. It doesn't make me or break me."
It's not that Sullinger wouldn't have been appreciative if he made the team -- it's that he is more concerned with helping his team win over individual recognition.
Those inside the walls of the Celtics locker room, however, were surprised to hear their newly appointed starting forward was left off the roster. Sullinger is averaging 6.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game. He has recorded four double-doubles in 44 games played, and is tied for fourth among all rookies in rebounds per game.
Prior to the game against the Sacramento Kings, Sullinger and longtime friend, fellow rookie Thomas Robinson caught up at halfcourt. Robinson also did not make the Rising Stars rookie team either. Sullinger offered his advice.
"Jared said it to me, and I agree with him, we're not here for that," Thomas said. "It's a great accomplishment, but the major goal is to stay in this league. As long as I look up 10 years, 12 years from now, I could care less about a rookie game."
With those "bigger picture" attitudes, Sullinger will be looking up right next to him.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: LeBron in foul trouble

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: LeBron in foul trouble

CLEVELAND – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 4 between Boston and Cleveland in which the Celtics have a 57-47 halftime lead.

 

STARS

Avery Bradley

His aggressiveness at both ends of the floor has been key to Boston’s strong first half showing. He has 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

Kyrie Irving

With LeBron James in major foul trouble – he had four personal fouls in the first half – Irving was charged with picking up the slack, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the second quarter.

 

STUDS

Jae Crowder

He had the hot hand at the start of the game, and has been solid at both ends of the floor. He had 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting with four rebounds and three assists.

Kevin Love

He continues to get great looks from 3-point range, but the Celtics did a better job of limiting his long-range scoring opportunities. He had 10 points along with seven rebounds and three assists.

Kelly Olynyk

Making his first-ever playoff start, Olynyk had a solid half with eight points, four rebounds and three assists.

 

DUDS

LeBron James

He was 5-for-9 from the field with 10 points in the first half, but spent a large chunk on the bench after being whistled for his fourth personal foul with 6:46 to play in the half.

Washington anchor gives Markelle Fultz his first piece of Celtics apparel

Washington anchor gives Markelle Fultz his first piece of Celtics apparel

Last week, potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz retweeted a t-shirt design featuring him in a No. 20 Celtics jersey.

But now thanks to Carol Maloney of NBC4 in Washington, Fultz has his first piece of Celtics apparel.

Maloney obtained the C’s shirt at Game 7 between the Celtics and Wizards at TD Garden.

When she handed Fultz the shirt, he laughed and said, “I think the internet is going to go crazy when they see this.”