Pregame: Sullinger (knee) out vs. Bobcats
Sullinger suffered a bone bruise taking a charge from Orlando's Mo Harkless in the second quarter of Monday's win over the Magic. He sat out practice Tuesday while getting an MRI. Sullinger warmed up before Wednesday's game, but he simply is not at full strength.
"It’s still day-to-day; We didn’t even know officially [Sullinger would be out] until five minutes ago," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said while addressing reporters 95 minutes before tip-off. "He’s got the bruised knee [and] obviously isn’t feeling 100 percent running and jumping off it. It’s a great opportunity for somebody else to step up."
Stevens said Kris Humphries will fill Sullinger's minutes. Humphries has played well in small burst this season, including while filling in for Sullinger on opening night when he was suspended for the first game of the year in Toronto.
Asked before the game if it was difficult waiting for his number to be called, Humphries said, "I think it’s tough for anybody. ... [But] it’s a team effort. It’s not about me. It’s about everyone staying ready and contributing, being ready when [your] time is called to help the team."
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