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Garnett says Sullinger is like Perkins… without the defense

Boston Celtics' Sullinger has ball stripped from his hands by Milwaukee Bucks' Sanders during their NBA basketball game in Boston

Boston Celtics’ Jared Sullinger (C) has the ball stripped from his hands by Milwaukee Bucks’ Larry Sanders (R) as Ersan Ilyasova reacts during the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts November 2, 2012. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)


Kevin Garnett really likes Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger. The highest praise for him might be this — on a veteran, contending team Doc Rivers is giving him nearly 19 minutes a game.

Kevin Garnett tried to pay him a better compliment — comparing him to Kendrick Perkins on the Celtics official Web site.

“He reminds me a lot of Perk, man, when Perk was here,” Garnett said on Tuesday. “Obviously he’s not the defensive player that Perk was, but his IQ, moving the ball, being unselfish… he’s a great teammate.”

Perkins without the defense? Not a whole lot left there.

Perkins was efficient in his limited offensive opportunities, he played a smart game. Sullinger does that for a rookie. I get where KG was going with this.

But still, Perk without the defense, not the best compliment out there.