Celtics' Sullinger thrilled with back improvement

Recovering from any type of surgery is a long and arduous process. Jared Sullinger, who had season ending back surgery during his 2012-13 rookie season would have never thought that he’d be playing at the level he is less than a year after he went up on the shelf.

“Honestly, I’m shocked the way I’m playing now,” the Celtics forward said after practice Thursday.

Shocked in the best way possible. Having been plagued by back problems since his freshman year at Ohio State, Sullinger’s surgery and -all things considered- quick recovery, Sullinger is now playing at a high level and he is impacting the C’s with strong play off the bench. The Celtics big win against The Magic on Monday, Sullinger put up 14 points.

“Some of the spin moves I did on Monday night – if this is last year, I wouldn’t come close to successfully pulling that move off,” he said.

After sitting out against the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday with a bone bruise on his right knee, A. Sherrod Blakely reported this morning that Sullinger plans on being back in the line up tonight- good news for the C’s as they try to get back to their winning ways against the TrailBlazers tonight at the TD Garden.

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Source: Baxter Holmes; Boston.com/Boston Herald

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