Sullinger set to return to action vs. Pacers

Sullinger set to return to action vs. Pacers
March 1, 2014, 6:45 pm
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BOSTON -- They got one back.

Jared Sullinger will be back in the lineup and will come off the bench for the Celtics when they take on the Pacers tonight.

The second-year forward missed Boston's last three games with a concussion but was deemed well enough to play one night after practicing with the team on Friday.

"The last time he really played were the two games after the All-Star break," Brad Stevens said. "He hasn't really played a ton in the last two weeks, but that's part of it. They can shake the rust off pretty quick."

Sullinger gives the team its best offensive player on the interior against an Indiana defense that features plenty of size. He may also help spread the floor against the Pacers with his outside shooting.

He brings "deeper range, though he hasn't shot the three at a great percentage," Stevens said. "He's probably our best low-post scorer. So to be able to throw the ball into the post is a good thing. Obviously these guys are really hard to score on isolated, I don't care who has the ball. If we're gonna be able to have a chance in this one to win, we're gonna have to get some put-backs, some scrap points. And Sully does that really well."

Stevens said that Sullinger's minutes will not be restricted in his first game back since a 101-92 loss to the Lakers on Feb. 21.

The Celtics will be without Gerald Wallace (knee, ankle), Avery Bradley (ankle), Kelly Olynyk (toe) and Vitor Faverani (knee) against Indiana.

Stevens said Olynyk is "more likely than not" to return to action on Wednesday at home against the Warriors.