Kevin Durant faces more time on the sidelines, Chandler Parsons is done for at least three games and Anthony Davis is a week away from returning. But we start with a star from Ohio State that moulded into a role player with the Celtics.
SULLINGER DONE FOR THE SEASON
Boston Celtics’ Jared Sullinger will rest the remainder of the season with a left metatarsal stress fracture.
Sullinger said he felt some discomfort in the foot the day after Boston closed the first half of the season with a win over the Atlanta Hawks on February 11.
Further tests showed the resulting foot injury.
“It was one of those things where, he said it happened in the Atlanta game, but he couldn’t really recall or pinpoint a time of the game,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Sunday. “But then he just said, as the week went on, he just felt a little bit more discomfort. Then he went through a little bit of practice [on Wednesday in Sacramento], and then said it just doesn’t feel right.
“So what we sent him home for was not only to get started on whatever he needs to do from a rehab standpoint, but get more imaging and, from what I’ve been told, the imaging has shown more significant issues than what we originally thought.”
Stevens said he doesn’t believe Sullinger will require surgery, but he’ll be in a protective walking boot for at least six weeks while allowing the stress fracture to heal on its own.
Asked if Sullinger’s playing weight was something to monitor moving forward, Stevens said Boston’s medical staff will monitor his rehab and said his focus is on replacing Sullinger’s production on the court.
STARS ARE OUT FOR A WEEK OR SO
Kevin Durant (OKC Thunder), Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavs) and Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) all face minor layoffs.
Durant is out for at least a week as he underwent a minor procedure to help reduce pain and discomfort in his surgically repaired right foot, according to Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti.
Durant will be re-evaluated in a week. The expectation is he will return to play in the regular season.
Parsons will be out for at least three games as he is expected to miss at least three games due to a sprain and bone bruise in his left ankle, according to coach Rick Carlisle.
And Davis is expected to miss up to two weeks after aggravating his nagging shoulder injury in Saturday’s game against the Miami Heat.
SIXERS WAIVE KIRILENKO
The Brooklyn Nets traded veteran forward Andrei Kirilenko to the Sixers earlier this season.
AK-47 wasn’t fond of the trade, so he just decided not to show up. That led to a suspension from the Sixers. Now, Kirilenko has been officially waived.
Rumours are already linking him with a reunion to CSKA Moscow. When that’s a little concrete, we’ll inform you.