As for his hand, Sullinger said, “It is what it is. It’s not going to get no better. It’s not going to get no worse. Just gotta keep grinding through it, just playing through it.”
I don't like that sound of that one bit. Not one bit at all.
The Celtics have moved Jared Sullinger to the bench over the last few games to give him a lighter load to carry while he plays through his injury, not that it has slowed him down at all. In the last two games, Sullinger has put up a double-double in each; 21 points and 11 rebounds against Golden State followed by 14 points and 10 rebounds against Portland.
I'm all for Sullinger being both a leader on this team and a building block for the future, but KID- C'MON. In order to do both of those things, he has to stay healthy enough to play.
Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens both know this, so I this is not really something to worry about. But whatever- this is Boston and when we're not running on Dunkin we're running on a combination of faith and worry.
A plea to Sullinger- please don't pull a Bird/McHale and shorten your career by playing through an injury harder than you should. Please don't pull a Big Baby and reaggrevate an injury doing something dumb. Just pull a Bird/McHale/Big Baby and contribute at the highest level to a championship run.
At some point- no rush.
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Source- Baxter Holmes; Boston Globe
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