As if the Eastern Conference playoff race wasn't already interesting enough until today. The Celtics announced this afternoon via their website, that third-year forward; Jared Sullinger and his metatarsal stress fracture in his left foot has completely healed and will be available tonight when Boston takes on the Milwaukee Bucks at the TD Garden.
“We are excited that Jared’s recovery progressed quicker than initially expected,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “Jared was extremely diligent in his rehab, repeatedly expressing his eagerness to help our team reach the postseason. He will be available in a limited role this weekend as he works his way back to 100 percent game shape." [Celtics.com]
Sullinger, who originally injured his foot right before the all-star break, was told he would miss the remainder of the season the day after the NBA trading deadline (February 20), when the Celtics acquired Isaiah Thomas. Further test revealed that the forward would need surgery immediately. Now with 12 days left in the regular season and seven games remaining, Sullinger re-joins his teammates who have gone 14-8 without him and are midst of a serious run towards the postseason.
The C's are 34-41 and are currently tied with Miami for the eight seed, with the Heat owning the tie-breaker. Sullinger, arguably the teams best player and now Thomas together in Brad Stevens' lineup (most likely the second unit), gives the Celtics as a good of chance as any to make that final push towards the playoffs.
With teams like Cleveland, Toronto, and the Bucks, who the C's will see more than once each before the season ends, it seems like Ainge is definitely all in for his team to extend their season, even if it's just for a few more weeks. It just got a whole lot more intriguing on this Good Friday, indeed.
Milwaukee (37-38), who hold the sixth seed visit the Garden tonight, as tip-off is at 7:30 EST
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