Friday, February 1, 2013
Back Spasms Will End Sullinger's Season
Promising rookie Jared Sullinger is done for the season and will require back surgery, as reported here by Adrian Wojnarowski. This could not come at a worse time after the Celtics just loss Rajon Rondo for the season too. Sullinger's back issues were made known during his sophomore year at Ohio State, which is why he slid from a potential top five pick to the Celtics at 21st overall.
Sullinger was really starting to come on, and just began starting for the Celtics over Brandon Bass. Sully has been the teams best rebounder of late, and on a team already lacking size... this is a big loss. The injury is really going to leave Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers with no choice but to call up, and maybe even play Fab Melo on Friday night against the Magic.
The Celtics most likely will start looking for replacements for Sullinger, but in the mean time they will have to make due with the thin front court that they have. At the same time they will continue trying to monitor Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce's minutes, meaning more minutes for some guys who have barely even been playing this season.
Although Doc will presumably assure the media and the fans that this season is far from over, it is starting to take the feel of a lost cause after two devastating blows in one week.