PHILADELPHIA — Jared Sullinger's second year has been one filled with lots of highs.
But sadly, the 6-foot-9 big man is likely to finish it on the sidelines with an injury . . . just like he did last season.
The left ankle sprain Sullinger suffered on Friday against Charlotte has been slow to improve, resulting in him missing Boston's last two games.
Last season Sullinger underwent season-ending back surgery, which capped his season at 45 games.
And while he won't rule out playing in the season finale at home against Washington on Wednesday, it's not looking all that promising at this point.
"It just depends," Sullinger said. "Right now, the swelling has gone down but not as much as it needs to be. We'll see. I don't know."
The injury occurred when Sullinger slipped on a wet spot on the floor in Boston's 106-103 win over the playoff-bound Charlotte Bobcats. Following the victory, Sullinger sounded optimistic about not missing any games.
But after sleeping on it, Sullinger didn't feel any better. And now that he's missed a couple games, there's still no sense as to whether it will heal in time for him to play.
Without Sullinger, Boston has relied more on Kelly Olynyk, who has had 25 and 28 points, respectively, in the Celtics' last two games.
Sullinge's injury, along with the absence of Kris Humphries (right knee), has also allowed the Celtics to take a longer look at Joel Anthony, who was scoreless in just under 14 minutes on Monday while grabbing a pair of offensive rebounds.
Boston not being in the playoffs softens the blow of missing games for Sullinger, although he admits that still wouldn't necessarily get him back on the court any sooner.
"If it was a playoff situation, I would definitely try it out," Sullinger said. "But I still don't think . . . I would be able to go."