For a game that's best suited for the über athletic, Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk managed to hold their own in tonight's BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on TNT.
Not only were they the first Celtics to take part in this event since Rajon Rondo competed in the then-Rookie-Sophomore Challenge back in 2008, but they were also both given the opportunity to start for Team Webber thanks to fan voting.
Sullinger was hot right out of the gates, knocking down two threes which accounted for six of the team's first eight points. He would then go on to convert on just one of his next seven attempts from beyond the arc, ultimately finishing with a line of 13 points, two rebounds, and four assists in just a little over 20 minutes played.
Olynyk, on the other hand, was more of a jack-of-all-trades type out there, recording 9 points, a rebound, two assists, three steals, and a block over the course of his 25 minutes of floor time.
It was nice to see the two of them out there working together and showing off a little bit of the chemistry they've amassed through Boston's 54 games prior to the break. There was one instance when, after a Team Hill basket, Sullinger took the ball out of bounds and launched a full court chest pass to a streaking Olynyk who subsequently laid the ball in for a quick two points.
Hopefully the two can continue their solid play from both tonight's game and the first half of the regular season when they get back to work in Phoenix this coming Wednesday. But for now, the two should make sure to enjoy the next couple of days whether they spend them in New Orleans or not. After the ups and downs they've been through so far this season, they deserve it.