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Double team a good sign for Celtics’ Sullinger

Jared Sullinger shoots over Bucks guard O.J. Mayo (center) and forward John Henson Saturday night.
Jared Sullinger shoots over Bucks guard O.J. Mayo (center) and forward John Henson Saturday night.Tannen Maury/EPA

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Jared Sullinger was given the ultimate compliment Saturday night in Milwaukee, something he didn’t expect in the NBA so soon, especially since he’s been hearing for years that he’s too small and too stumpy to score in the post.

After a 15-point first half against the Bucks when he scored at will in stretches with a variety of jump hooks, leaners, and short jumpers, Sullinger received the ball in the third quarter and saw two defenders converging. For the first time in his NBA career, he was facing double teams.

Sullinger doesn’t turn 22 until March, but he is already turning into the type of cornerstone the Celtics wanted to eventually replace Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

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