Celtics’ Jared Sullinger Cleared to Return
Eight months and eight days after a season-ending back injury left him hobbling off the TD Garden floor, Celtics forward/center Jared Sullinger will resume game activity on that same parquet when Boston opens its exhibition slate with a visit from the Toronto Raptors on Monday evening.
Sullinger, the 21st pick in the 2012 draft, recently had ascended to the starting lineup when the same back that left other teams leery and allowed him to slide to Boston in the draft flared, chasing him from the court after just four minutes during a win over Sacramento on Jan. 30. Sullinger underwent lumbar disk surgery the next morning and spent the next six months limited in activity as he healed.
Even as he works on improving his conditioning after the layoff, Celtics coach Brad Stevens stressed that there are no other limitations on Sullinger entering the first game of the preseason.