Sullinger (hand) doesn't expect to miss time

Sullinger (hand) doesn't expect to miss time
December 31, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Jared Sullinger says his injured left hand hasn't really bothered him in games.

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BOSTON -- When Jared Sullinger rolled around on the TD Garden parquet in the second quarter of Boston's 92-91 loss to Atlanta, he appeared to be in a significant amount of pain. The injury to his left hand, however, shouldn't keep him from missing any time going forward.

"Been like that for a month-and-a-half," Sullinger said.

He didn't have any tests performed on his left hand before speaking with the media on Tuesday afternoon, but Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he expected the team's training staff would look into it.

"No update," Stevens said immediately following the game. "[Sullinger] told me he re-aggravated it in the first half. Obviously that didn't factor into why he didn't go back in the game, but I think he's going to be re-evaluated after the game."

Sullinger came out of the game in the third quarter and was part of a trio of starters, including Brandon Bass and Jeff Green, who did not finish the game. Instead, Kelly Olynyk (21 points), Kris Humphries (18 points) and Gerald Wallace got the bulk of the crunch-time minutes.

"That doesn't bother me at all," Sullinger said of not playing in the fourth quarter. "When you have somebody like that . . . Kelly was on fire. [Humphries] played really well defensively and offensively, so why even come in and mess up the groove? Might as well let them stick it out and play hard. I thought they carried us down the stretch."

Olynyk scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, but Boston's reserve forwards couldn't hold onto an 11-point fourth-quarter lead.

"Kelly and Hump had it rolling, so I don't know why we would even come back in," Sullinger said. "They had a roll going, they played really well, and we was just going to ride the wave."

Sullinger finished with just 2 points but did grab 10 rebounds in just under 20 minutes of action. He snagged a few of his boards with only his right hand, after his left hand had been taped at halftime.

"I was just trying to protect it that's all," he said. "My big thing was just trying to protect it."

The Celtics originally announced Sullinger's injury as a "bruised left wrist," but Sullinger corrected reporters after the game, saying the affected area was the top of his hand.

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