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Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season with a back injury, league sources tell Y! Sports. He will need surgery.
Celtics' Jared Sullinger (back) out for remainder of the season
By Royce Young | Blogger
February 1, 2013 3:42 pm ET
The hits, they just keep on coming for the Celtics.
Less than a week after losing point guard Rajon Rondo for the season with a torn ACL, the Celtics have also lost promising rookie forward Jared Sullinger because of a back injury that will require surgery, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms. Yahoo Sports first reported the news.
Sullinger, 20, had his back medically red flagged prior to the draft which caused him to plummet in the draft all the way to the Celtics at 21. Prior to that, he was projected as a sure-thing lottery pick.
Currently the Celtics sit eighth in the East at 22-23. With this injury added to the Rondo injury, it obviously brings back up the question of if the Celtics need to let this season go and start moving pieces around. Because while Sullinger was just a rookie, he was steadily becoming a solid contributor off the bench.
Boston's front line was one of the remaining strengths of the team with Kevin Garnett, Chris Wilcox, Sullinger and Brandon Bass.
Danny Ainge recently said he had no interest in "blowing up" the roster in the wake of the Rondo injury, but with another key player down for the season, it may cause him to reevaluate with the trade deadline about three weeks away.
On the season Sullinger is averaging of 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds
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EDIT:----------------SURGERY SUCCESSFUL (See Story posted in a post below)
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by gessig 14 months ago
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Our quarterback does front flips, suck it.
As a Celts fan enjoying how well he had been playing, this extra SUCKS.
I assume back injuries are awful and linger forever but can this possibly be a good thing longterm and force him to lose weight
This is why he wasn't a top 10 pick and fell to 21.
Remember the reports that came out on team doctors being skeptical about his back? I remember it upset his dad too.
He had a back injury last year, but it got healed in time for Big Tens and NCAAs. However, I could see that he was walking funny as if he was trying to avoid the pain in the back.
I wonder if this is them pulling the plug on this year to let him heal in time for next season.
I think you're right. He certainly showed enough to where they know they've got something special if he's full strength. Yes.
WTF!!! Just bought 4 Suns/Celts tickets for Feb 22nd in Phoenix.. I was going to head there all deck out in OSU gear.
Is that you captain obvious? We know and it's started in the article.
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