Jared Sullinger’s rookie NBA campaign is over. Yahoo! Sports reported earlier today that the Celtics forward will undergo surgery on his injured back and miss the remainder of the season.
The 20-year old Sullinger had recently made his way into the Celts’ starting lineup and been a very effective contributor before experiencing back pain in the past two weeks. Sullinger left Wednesday night’s victory over Sacramento in the first quarter and missed the Celtics’ practice on Thursday after the pain worsened.
Coming out of Ohio State, Sullinger fell out of the draft lottery last June after concerns about the long-term durability of his back were raised. Unfortunately for Sullinger and the Celtics, the back issue has cut the rookie’s season short.
The injury bug has not been kind to the C’s this week, as this is the second season-ending injury that they’ve had to endure this week. Rajon Rondo went down with a torn ACL earlier in the week and is also done for the year.