Coach Brad Stevens recently challenged Jared Sullinger. Stevens noted that Sullinger was playing through injuries, such as a bone bruise in his left hand and a dislocated right index finger. And Stevens said he respected him for that.
But Stevens then pointed out that the Celtics need more from Sullinger, namely they need him not to accept the fact that he’s still a young player.
“We are in a unique situation in that we’re asking some of our young guys to be almost leaders, and almost more vocal in their approach,” Stevens said last week.
After Sullinger posted a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds in the Celtics’ 96-89 win over the Magic Sunday, he said, simply, “I just stepped up to the challenge.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.