Celtics likely won't have Jared Sullinger vs. Wizards

Celtics likely won't have Jared Sullinger vs. Wizards
April 15, 2014, 7:00 pm
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(Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

It appears that Jared Sullinger, who has given the Wizards so many problems this season, won't be on the floor for the Boston Celtics in Wednesday's regular-season finale (CSN, 8 p.m. ET).

According to CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely, the outlook isn't promising for Sullinger to return. He has missed the last two games with a left ankle sprain that came when he slipped on a wet floor on Friday.

"It just depends," said Sullinger, who has had 22 points and 11 rebounds, 14 and 11 and then 25 points in three meetings with Washington which has won two of them. "Right now, the swelling has gone down but not as much as it needs to be. We'll see. I don't know."

In Friday's game, the Celtics were able to upset the Charlotte Bobcats 106-103 to give the Wizards (43-38) control of the No. 6 seed again after they'd relinquished it to the Bobcats in a head-to-head loss earlier in the week. If the Wizards beat the Celtics or the Bobcats lose their finale to the Chicago Bulls, they'd clinch the sixth in the East for the postseason.

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No Sullinger will mean more of rookie Kelly Olynyk, who has had 25 and a career-high 28 points in the last two games for Boston. The Wizards interviewed Olynyk at the rookie combine last summer before moving up in the draft lottery from eighth to third to select Otto Porter. 

The Celtics (25-56) already are missing Kris Humphries (right knee) and just had Rajon Rondo (left shin) return from a two-game absence. 

If Rondo, who has been eased back missing most of the season as he recovered from a knee ligament tear, doesn't play or is limited in any way that means more of rookie Phil Pressey. The Wizards remember him well.

Pressey scored a career-high 20 points and hit the clinching three-pointer in overtime to shock them at Verizon Center 113-111 early in the new year. 

In his latest two starts in place of Rondo, Pressey has averaged 9.5 points and 13 assists. Both were victories. 

Then again, with Rondo back these Celtics lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 113-108 on Monday.