Jared Sullinger told reporters that the Celtics had responded with plenty of physical play in practice recently after getting pushed around by opponents during their four-game losing streak.
“We had WWE around here,” Sullinger said Tuesday. “Everybody was playing physical. I seen a lot of body slamming, a lot of clotheslining. Guys were playing physical. That’s what we like.”
That trend continued during Wednesday’s matinee between the Celtics and Sacramento Kings.
In the fourth quarter of Boston’s blowout 106-84 win, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins took issue with a low boxout by Marcus Smart and tossed the rookie guard to the Garden floor in response. Smart had also collided with Cousins on a hard screen earlier in the Kings possession, which likely helped to fuel the violent response from the seven-footer.
Both players earned a technical foul for the scuffle. Cousins had already been assessed one technical foul in first half, so he was ejected after being handed his second one of the day. Given the violent nature of the exchange, it’s possible that Cousins could also see a fine or suspension from the NBA for his behavior.
Smart finished the contest with 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes off the bench as the Celtics improved to 2-4 after the trade of Rajon Rondo.