Sullinger back in starting lineup; Bass hits bench

Sullinger back in starting lineup; Bass hits bench
January 13, 2014, 6:30 pm
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BOSTON — Looking to jumpstart a struggling Boston Celtics squad, head coach Brad Stevens will go with a seventh different lineup tonight against Houston.

Jared Sullinger is back in the starting lineup in place of Brandon Bass. Joining Sullinger with the first unit will be Jordan Crawford, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green and Kris Humphries.

Tonight's opponent features arguably the most dominant big man in the NBA in Dwight Howard.

But Stevens was quick to clarify that the lineup change had nothing to do with Howard or the Rockets who come into tonight's game ranked seventh in the NBA in rebounds per game (45.2).

"We're doing that (lineup change) because we need to just continue to figure out what's best for us at this time," Stevens said.

Although the Celtics have lost all three games that Humphries has started, it certainly hasn't been due to a lack of production on his part.

In those three games, Humphries has averaged 10.7 points, 10 rebounds, 1.3 steals and two blocked shots per game.

Sullinger has been solid as well during that span, averaging 10.3 points and seven rebounds.

Bass has delivered a similar scoring punch (10 points) in the last three games, but he has only averaged four rebounds per game.