The Celtics were overmatched by the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers on Dec. 22, losing 106-79 at Conseco Field House. But one Celtic did make a good impression on the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert.
“He’s just gotta keep working,’’ Hibbert said of Sullinger, the Celtics’ second-year forward. “He could be like the Kevin Love of the East.”
That’s high praise, though probably tinged with some hyperbole. Love averages over 20 points and 13 rebounds per game for his career and is one of the league’s elite players. It’s a level that is probably out of Sullinger’s reach – he’s averaging 8.9 ppg in his breakthrough second season – but there are some aesthetic similarities, and there’s no doubt he’s playing his way into being a significant part of the Celtics’ future.