Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger was ruled out for the season in late February after breaking his left foot, but the Celtics announced Friday morning that Sullinger will be available to play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
Celtics president Danny Ainge released a statement on Sullinger’s recovery (via Celtics.com):
“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.”
Sullinger last played on Feb. 11 in a win over the Atlanta Hawks, which was the last game before the All-Star break. Prior to getting hurt, Sullinger averaged 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds while shooting 44.7 percent from the field in 28.7 minutes per game.
Even without Sullinger, the Celtics have made a push to get into the playoff race. Boston is 14-10 since the All-Star break and sits currently just outside the playoff picture. The Celtics are the No. 9 seed in the Eastern Conference, but tied with the eighth-seeded Miami Heat.
As Ainge said, Sullinger will be brought along slowly in his return from this injury, but he should provide a boost as Boston makes its push for the postseason.