Jared Sullinger out for the season

Boston Celtics’ Jared Sullinger underwent a season ending back surgery after only 45 appearances in his rookie year.

Yahoo Sports tweeted it first:

“Celtics rookie Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season with a back injury, league sources tell Y! Sports. He will need surgery.”

Sullinger did not practice on Thursday and coach Doc Rivers said it was unclear if he was going to play Friday. The news must have been a shocker since Rivers did not even expect this injury to be so bad to develop into a season ending injury, according to the Boston Globe.

Rivers said, “My guess is he plays with it every day. I keep saying, because I had a back injury my whole career, once you have a back, you have a back. It never goes away. You just have to play through it.”

Sullinger had his surgery on Friday to repair a lumbar disk, reports ESPN. The Celtics drafted Sullinger 21st overall from Ohio State. His first season he averaged 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 19.8 minutes, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field.

This is the second blow to the Boston Celtics since finding out about Rajon Rondo’s ACL tear. It will take some big adjustments for the Celtics to play well without them.

 UPDATE: The Celtics still managed to beat the Magic 97-84.

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