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Celtics Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger at the Rising Stars Challenge.Rapid reaction after Boston Celtics young bigs Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk participated in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend on Friday night in New Orleans:
THE NITTY GRITTY
Both Sullinger and Olynyk were fan-voted starters, joining New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Orlando's Victor Oladipo, and Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams on Team [Chris] Webber's first unit. Sullinger lived up to his promise of hanging out around the 3-point line, putting up nine of his 11 shots beyond the arc. He finished with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting (three triples) to go along with four assists, two rebounds and two blocks over 20 minutes. Olynyk was more efficient, scoring nine points on 4-of-5 shooting with three steals, two assists and a block over 25 minutes. Team [Grant] Hill emerged with a 142-136 triumph fueled by a monster 30-point, 25-rebound effort from Detroit's Andre Drummond, who took home MVP honors. Dion Waiters put on a show with 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting as well, dueling with New York's Tim Hardaway Jr. (36 points on 12-of-23 shooting) at one point.
WHAT IT MEANS
Celtics teammates Sullinger and Olynyk showed their chemistry on one second-half sequence in which Sullinger took the ball out below the hoop after a made basket and threw a Hail Mary strike to Olynyk for a reverse layup. Sullinger's other highlight was some sort of running half-hook scoop shot while sweeping through the lane in the second half. Most importantly for Boston, the two players emerged without injury. Sullinger and Olynyk got a chance to mingle with some of the other up-and-coming talents in the league and served as rebuilding Boston's focal point for this All-Star weekend. They'll get the rest of the weekend to relax before reconvening with their teammates out west on Monday in Phoenix.