Sickness can't slow Sullinger

December, 6, 2012
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BOSTON -- Celtics coach Doc Rivers said rookie Jared Sullinger played sick during Wednesday's 104-94 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Sullinger contributed seven points, seven rebounds, and two blocks over a mere 18 minutes. While he downplayed his illness, Sullinger is now the third Boston player (Leandro Barbosa and Chris Wilcox the others) to deal with a virus that's invaded the team locker room.

"Sully was great tonight," said Rivers. "Sully was sick, I think. It’s going around in each player, I guess. I called for him and said, ‘C’mon now.’ I won’t tell you what I called him -- jokingly. But he came out and played great. I don’t know if we’ll have him for the next two games, but he’s not feeling great, I can tell you that."

Sullinger said it doesn't matter how he feels. When you step on the court, you're considered healthy.

"I was just trying to give the team all I had," said Sullinger. "Once you step inside those lines -- sickness and injuries and whatever people have -- goes out the door. There are no excuses."

Sullinger's effort on the glass helped the Celtics outrebound the Timberwolves 45-41 overall. It didn't hurt that Boston shot 52.6 percent, limiting available defensive caroms.

As for that illness? Said Sullinger, "I’ll be fine."

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
19.5 1.6 0.9 34.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.3
AssistsE. Turner 3.4
StealsK. Olynyk 1.2
BlocksK. Olynyk 0.8