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Fast Break: Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger help Celtics stop Bucks 02.10.14 at 10:23 pm ET
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Jeff Green scored a game-high 29 points and both Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk registered double-doubles, leading the Celtics to their fourth win in five games — 102-86 over the dreadful Bucks.

Behind 11 points from Green, the Celtics outscored Milwaukee 32-18 in the fourth quarter to improve to 19-34 on the season. While the Bucks remained atop the tank rankings at 9-42, the C’s now own the league’s eighth-worst record — four games out of a playoff spot.

While Sullinger (13 points, 10 rebounds) logged his sixth straight double-double, Olynyk (14, 11) had the first of his NBA career.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Bass kicking: If not for Bass, the Celtics would have been in serious trouble early against the Bucks. While the rest of his teammates shot a combined 6-of-17 from the floor (35 percent) in the opening 12 minutes, Bass finished 5-of-8 for 12 points to go along with four rebounds, and the Celtics led 26-24 after one.

Crash course: Perhaps motivated by the few Milwaukee fans in attendance who constantly chanted his first name, Gerald Wallace filled the stat sheet in the opening half. Starting in place of the injured Avery Bradley, he compiled eight points on three shots, three boards, three steals and two assists by halftime, helping the C’s take a 49-46 lead into the locker room. His production halted after the break, but …

Green thumbs up: After scoring just two points on four shots in the first quarter, Green progressively improved throughout the night, saving his best for the last quarter. He scored eight points on five shots in both the second and third quarters, and then erupted for another 11 on eight attempts in the fourth to close out the win.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Tank top: The Bucks sat Larry Sanders (eye), Ersan Ilyasova (back), O.J. Mayo (illness) and Caron Butler (ankle), and the Celtics countered with Rajon Rondo (knee), Bradley (ankle) and Vitor Faverani (knee) on the bench. If a February game against the NBA’s worst team in Milwaukee could get any uglier, it just did.

Oh, shoot: Midway through the third quarter, the Bucks were shooting exactly 50 percent from the floor (22-44 FG), taking a 61-59 lead after consecutive buckets by Khris Middleton (a 3) and Zaza Pachulia (a bunny). Milwaukee entered the game shooting a league-worst 42.1 percent from the field.

Zaza’s elbows: Pretty much everybody felt the wrath of Zaza Pachulia‘s errant elbows, but Bass got the worst of it, reportedly suffering a corneal abrasion to his left eye that kept him out of the fourth quarter.

Phantom Phil? This late Phil Pressey foul call had Jackie Mac doing her best Tommy impression, but alas it appears Rondo’s replacement may have tripped up Gary Neal well before the whistle.

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Celtics forward Jared Sullinger named NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week at 1:58 pm ET
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The NBA named Jared Sullinger the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

Sullinger averaged 23.7 points (60.0 FG%), 12.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks in three victories against the Magic, 76ers and Kings last week, recording three of his five straight double-doubles. Jordan Crawford (Dec. 2-8) is the only other Celtics player to earn the honor this season.

Here are Sullinger’s performances last week:

  • Celtics 96, Magic 89: 21 PTS (10-15 FG), 12 REB
  • Celtics 114, 76ers 108: 19 PTS (6-11 FG), 10 REB, 5 AST, 4 BLK
  • Celtics 99, Kings 89: 31 PTS (14-24 FG), 16 REB

Sullinger has cemented himself as either a building block for the Celtics future or one heck of a trade chip (a la Al Jefferson in 2007). Not bad for an undersized big who fell to No. 21 and missed much of his rookie season due to back surgery.

Thunder superstar Kevin Durant took home the Western Conference Player of the Week honor.

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How good can Jared Sullinger be? ‘He’s not there, he can get better’ 02.08.14 at 3:29 pm ET
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There’s not a big man hotter than Jared Sullinger, at least three games into February.

He is averaging 23.7 points and 12.7 rebounds in registering a double-double in his first three games of the month. Not coincidentally, the Celtics have followed up their worst month in history with a 3-0 start to February.

Friday night, he had a career high 31 points and 16 rebounds in posting his fourth straight double-double overall in a 99-89 win over the Kings. Perhaps just as impressive is the fact that he accomplished those numbers against another power big in DeMarcus Cousins.

“I think we’€™re doing a better job looking for him,” Brad Stevens said. “He feels a little bit better even though that dislocated finger’€™s still wrapped up. I think he feels better every day, and you know, it’€™s like we talked about last week: fair or unfair, that’€™s who we need him to be. And so that’€™s the opportunity in front of him. He’€™s capable and I’€™m not saying that you have to get a double-double every day but he’€™s darn near capable of doing that. And so I think that the more that we can continue to build off that, the better.

“[Sullinger] is a 6-foot-7 [big man]. That’€™s the one thing. And that’€™s what makes Jared unique is he’€™s a big, strong guy that can score over bigger guys in the post. But then, that’€™s why it’€™s so critical, and we’€™ve talked about it, that he continues to work and refine his perimeter game, which he’€™s obviously doing well with. But it’€™s not where it will be someday.”

What is Sullinger’s ceiling?

“€œHow high does he reach?” Stevens deadpanned. “He’€™s not there. That’€™s the good news. He’€™s not there; he can get better. And I think, obviously, 31 and 16 is great; can you do that every night? No one in the league is doing that every night. But the bottom line is, as he continues to improve, as he continues to get more games underneath his belt, as he continues to get further away from the surgery and gets another more freshness and another summer of work and all of those things, I just think that the sky’€™s the limit. He’€™s playing at a nice level, there’€™s no question about it, but I really believe that he can be a consistent double-double guy.’€

Sullinger is averaging 13.4 points and a team leading 8.1 rebounds in a season where he easily could be considered the team MVP. His scoring is up nearly four points from his rookie season and his rebounds are up one per game over last season.

“€œIt is just more space, in college I was double all the time so I had to find ways to score,” Sullinger said. “That’€™s why my offensive rebounding has been the way it has been, I had to find other ways to score in college.”

Something else that’s been better in the last three games is Sullinger’s demeanor on the court.

“I just went out and played my game I have been doing it for the last couple of games and just have been letting go. I am showing better body language according to my father,” Sullinger said with a sheepish grin.

While the winning may be hurting the team’s draft position, Stevens is just happy that there are clear signs that the right pieces are in place.

“I think the nice part about it is at the end of the day, you had Phil Pressey out on the floor at 22 or 23 years old, you had Kelly Olynyk on the floor, you had Jared Sullinger on the floor, you had a lot of young guys on the floor but it was also we had a lot of real savvy basketball players out there,” Stevens said. “And I think this team is really figuring out what they do best individually and playing off of that. I thought the guy who really lifted us in a lot of ways was Gerald (Wallace). I thought his physicality and toughness all over the court was great.”

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Mike Petraglia talks Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger with NBA insider Jessica Camerato at 2:26 am ET
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Jared Sullinger, Jerryd Bayless provide offensive punch, lead short-handed C’s to win 02.07.14 at 9:50 pm ET
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The short-handed Celtics have suddenly won three straight.

Jared Sullinger scored a career high 31 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the short-handed Celtics to their third straight win, a 99-89 victory over the Kings Friday night at TD Garden. All three wins (Orlando, Philadelphia and Sacramento) come against losing teams that figure to provide much stiffer competition for draft position in the NBA lottery this spring.

Playing without Rajon Rondo (knee soreness) and Avery Bradley (ankle), Jerryd Bayless (19 points) and Kelly Olynyk (11 points, nine rebounds, five assists) also helped to pick up the slack.

Gerald Wallace added eight points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished nine assists as the Celtics have followed up their worst month in history (2-15 in January) with three straight wins to open February.

Jeff Green added 17 points on 6-of-20 shooting to help the Celtics improve to 18-33, which may not be great news in the long run. Boston moved 3.5 games ahead of last place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.

The Kings took advantage of the depleted Celtics early on, building a 29-19 lead late in the first quarter. DeMarcus Cousins was big early on, scoring 13 of his team-high 31 points in the opening quarter. Cousins and Sullinger each finished with 31 points and 16 rebounds. Sacramento led 29-21 after 12 minutes.

But Olynyk led the Celtics back in the second quarter, scoring nine of his 11 first-half points off the bench. Olynyk couldn’t miss in the first half, hitting all three field goals, including a 3-pointer, while draining all four free throws. Olynyk had eight of Boston’s 12 points in a 12-0 run that put the Celtics on top, 31-29. Boston outscored Sacramento, 28-17, in the second quarter to grab a 49-46 halftime lead.

The Kings scored the first six points of the second half, taking a 52-49 lead, moving coach Brad Stevens to call a time out. After the break, the Celtics responded with a 10-0 run. The Kings responded with the game’s next seven points to tie the game again, a trend that continued for most of the third quarter as the Celtics led, 71-69, heading into the final 12 minutes.

Isaiah Thomas added 24 points for the Kings and got into a brief scuffle with Bayless late in the fourth quarter under the Kings basket. The tussle came close to spilling into the stands but was brought under control just in time. Both players were assessed technicals but remained in the game.

The Celtics opened the fourth quarter on an 18-4 run and were never threatened down the stretch. The Celtics have Saturday off before hosting the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday evening (6:30 p.m. ET) at TD Garden.

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Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk on same team for 2014 Rising Stars Challenge at 9:57 am ET
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During a draft of the 18 best rookies and second-year players Thursday evening, Celtics Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk were placed on the same team for the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge.

The two teams, which are managed by retired NBA players Chris Webber and Grant Hill, will face off next Friday night during NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

The draft took players out of a pool determined by the NBA’€™s assistant coaches. Webber picked Sullinger in the fifth round, and Olynyk, who was one of the last four players chosen, was selected via a blind draw.

Full rosters:

Team Hill

  • Damian Lillard (Portland)
  • Bradley Beal (Washington)
  • Andre Drummond (Detroit)
  • Harrison Barnes (Golden State)
  • Terrence Jones (Houston)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
  • Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto)
  • Dion Waiters (Cleveland)
  • Pero Antic (Atlanta)

Team Webber

  • Anthony Davis (New Orleans)
  • Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia)
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York)
  • Trey Burke (Utah)
  • Jared Sullinger (Boston)
  • Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn)
  • Victor Oladipo (Orlando)
  • Steven Adams (Oklahoma City)
  • Kelly Olynyk (Boston)
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Kris Humphries and the faces of Celtics death 01.30.14 at 1:23 am ET
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The Celtics hit a new low with a buzzer-beating loss to the 76ers. They’ve lost four in a row, wrapping up January with a 2-15 record after losing to the only team that stood between them and the Atlantic Division basement.

Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

On the bright side, the Celtics have three days off before traveling to Orlando to take on one of two teams that owns a worse record than them in the entire NBA, and somehow they’re only 5.5 games behind the hapless Eastern Conference’s eighth-seeded Bobcats (THE EIGHTH-SEEDED BOBCATS!). Oh, and the C’s possess a 15.6 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, a 46.9 percent at a top-three pick and a 96.4 percent chance at a top-five pick on the night Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 29 points on 16 shots. So, there’s that.

Here’s how various Celtics are dealing with their dire situation heading into the final 10 weeks of the season.

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