Celtics forward Jared Sullinger will be sidelined indefinitely with a stress reaction on a bone in his left foot, head coach Brad Stevens said.
It is unclear how long Sullinger will be out, but Stevens said he will not play during this three-game road trip. A prolonged absence would be a significant blow to the Celtics’ playoff hopes, as they come out of the All-Star break just one and a half games out of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.
“It sucks,” Sullinger said. “It sucks, honestly, especially with the type of push we’re trying to make.”
Sullinger, who is averaging a team-leading 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds, began to experience some discomfort during the Celtics’ win over the Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 11. The pain returned during Wednesday’s practice, and Sullinger removed himself from the workout.
X-rays revealed the injury on Thursday morning, and Sullinger returned to Boston Thursday night for further evaluation. He is not expected to need surgery.
“I don’t anticipate him playing anytime soon,” Stevens said. “That’s a tough one. It’s one you’re gonna have to figure out by committee.”