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Jared Sullinger may be opening day starter for Celtics

WALTHAM — The last time a rookie was in the Celtics starting lineup for the season-opening game, Paul Pierce had 19 points and nine rebounds in a 103-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors Feb. 5, 1999.

It has taken nearly 13 years for another rookie to emerge with a chance to be an opening day starter, and when the Celtics visit Miami Tuesday, Jared Sullinger, 20, could make his professional debut among the starters.

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