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And yet, through six preseason games, Sullinger has stood out both for his on-court play — 11 points, 7 rebounds, 56 percent shooting in 25 minutes — and for his demeanor. His notoriously hard to impress veteran teammates have embraced him in a way that would seem impossible around these parts.
Have we forgotten that Rivers himself has been judged to be a coach who refuses to play rookies? The coach’s reply when that charge is brought up is always the same: Give me a young guy who can play and see what happens. Sullinger can play.
… What Sullinger brings to the starting lineup is points and rebounds. More specifically, as Rondo pointed out, he can get points without running the offense through him to get a shot. Sullinger moves well without the ball and has the touch and feel to score inside off passes and cuts. That s...