Jared Sullinger grows into role

Slumping Celtics looking for second-year big man to blossom as team leader

Updated: January 30, 2014, 9:49 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- On the day Jared Sullinger got invited to what the NBA calls its Rising Stars Challenge, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens offered his own rising star challenge.

With Boston mired in an extended losing funk, Stevens asked Sullinger to take his game to a higher level and cement himself as a leader of a Celtics team that isn't afraid to lean on him despite his age.

The 21-year-old Sullinger responded by putting up game highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds, but he could only ...

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