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Saturday, December 21, 2013
Sullinger downplays ankle injury

By Chris Forsberg

BOSTON -- Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger suffered a minor ankle injury trying to draw a second-quarter charge that left him limping off the court, but downplayed the severity of the ailment.

Sullinger failed to set himself trying to draw the offensive foul from Bradley Beal in transition. He hit the floor hard and rolled over on his stomach in pain as Boston fans held their breath (Sullinger has been the team's best two-way player this season). He hobbled off with trainer Ed Lacerte, but rejoined the huddle and stayed in the game.

Sullinger got some minor treatment after the game and said he would be available for Sunday's visit to play the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers.

"It’s all right, it’s a little swollen," said Sullinger. "Gave it a little bit of treatment before I step out of here and head to the plane. Just gotta maintain it."

Pressed on if he could miss Sunday's game, Sullinger added, "No, not at all. I’ll play tomorrow."

Sullinger finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds over 30:32. He played 15 second-half minutes on the tweaked ankle, registering 10 points and six rebounds in that span, but the Wizards rallied for 106-99 triumph.