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Friday, November 22, 2013
Pregame: C's stick with Olynyk/Sullinger

By Chris Forsberg

BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics will stick with the frontcourt tandem of Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk for Friday's visit from the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers.

Despite Indy's big front line (Roy Hibbert and David West), Celtics coach Brad Stevens didn't make the switch back to rookie Vitor Faverani to add some bulk up front. He likes how the Sullinger/Olynyk combo performed in San Antonio.

"I think the two bigs have complemented each other pretty well ever since Kelly arrived," said Stevens. "They both can pass. They both can shoot. They both can space the floor. You can run things through them, which is unique for 4s and 5s. We have to decide how we want to be and what team we’re going to be. Everybody gives us a little different feel when they’re on the court.

"Those guys gave us a nice little offensive rhythm, and to be quite honest, after starting down 18-1 against Houston, I didn’t want to start off with one point in the first nine minutes [against San Antonio]. And I felt like they would give us the best chance, offensively, of starting well as a group. But like I said, that could change tomorrow. We’ve just got to keep searching and find the best things for this team."

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