Celtics’ Sullinger Needs Back Surgery, Will Be Out For Season

8378369The bad news doesn’t stop for the Boston Celtics. Here’s Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports with this terrible nugget.


That’s another big blow for the Boston Celtics, who had already lost Rajon Rondo for the season, who hurt the knee on Friday night against Atlanta. Now they lose another player who had been contributing pretty well for the Celtics. The Celtics did know what was going on with Sullinger; he was medically flagged by NBA doctors over his back before the jaredsullingerNBA Draft, which caused his stock to decline. He ended up being picked 21st overall by the Celtics after he was tabbed to be a lottery pick.

With the Celtics reeling with injuries, there has been thought of Boston blowing up the team since they’re already struggling in the regular season. They’ve been hanging on to this core on borrowed time, even though the Celtics did take the Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals last season. Boston is currently 22-23 and hanging on to the eighth spot, three games ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 19-26. This is really a tough decision for the Celtics to make… and, even then, blowing up the team is not as easy as it seems.

As mentioned earlier, Sullinger was picked 21st overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. He’s had a fine regular season, averaging 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in almost 20 minutes per game. He’s hit 16 points twice this season as well as an impressive 16-rebound performance earlier this month. With Sullinger out, Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox will likely pick up the slack.

At this point, who knows if the Celtics will keep this team or go on a firesale with this team. After all, the worst place to be in the NBA is in the middle with seemingly no room to improve. And that’s where Boston is at the moment.


Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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