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Monday, January 13, 2014
Pregame: Sullinger back in starting 5

By Chris Forsberg

BOSTON -- Jared Sullinger will shuffle back into the starting lineup for the Boston Celtics on Monday night, paired up front with Kris Humphries as first-year coach Brad Stevens seeks the right combinations to help the team snap an eight-game losing streak.

Brandon Bass, who has started 36 of 38 games this season, heads for the bench. Humphries was one of Boston's best performers out west, while Sullinger emerged from a prolonged slump at the end of the five-game trip.

"At the end of the day, we’re doing it because we need to continue to figure out what’s best for us at this time," Stevens said of his tweaking the lineup.

In his last two games, Sullinger averaged 17.5 points and 10.5 rebounds over 29.5 minutes, emerging from a shooting cold streak hindered in part by a lingering left-hand injury.

Sullinger noted before Monday's game that no amount of rest is likely to help the hand and he plans to continuing grinding through it.

As for getting a boost while returning home from a long road trip, Sullinger said a better boost would be a win.

"We’re ready to play, we’re ready to hoop. We’re ready to get a win, honestly," said Sullinger. "We’re so antsy to get a win, and sometimes we’re right there. The last three games, we were right there. Just a couple plays that we need to make in both halves, about two more plays we need to make in both halves and I think we can get this win."

A few more pregame notes: