It's a break for most of the Celtics as the NBA All-Star Weekend approaches, but not for the C's Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, who were selected to play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night in New Orleans.
Sullinger and Olynyk will be teammates on a team selected by TNT analyst Chris Webber. They'll be opposed by a team selected by TNT analyst Grant Hill. The first- and second-year players selected for the game were split into teams selected by the former NBA players.
Sullinger told reporters after the Celtics' loss to the Spurs that the way Olynyk's been playing, he's looking at him to be MVP of the game.
"Kelly for MVP," Sullinger said. "The past two games, the way he's been playing [consecutive double-doubles], confidence means everything in this game and right now, it doesn't look like anyone can stop him."
Sullinger just being selected to the game means a lot to him.
"To me, it means everything," he said. "All the hard work. Being picked where I was picked was kind of a slap in the face."
Sullinger, an All-America player at Ohio State, slipped to 21st overall in the draft in 2012. He said that will continue to motivate him throughout his career.