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Brad Stevens says Jared Sullinger “will be out a while” with foot injury

Boston Celtics v Golden State Warriors

Boston Celtics v Golden State Warriors

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In the wake of a busy trade deadline that saw the Celtics land a potential long-term piece in Isaiah Thomas, they were hit with some serious bad news:

Jared Sullinger (stress reaction foot) “will be out a while” according to coach Brad Stevens #Celtics

— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) February 19, 2015

So, this is not ideal for the Celtics. With Sullinger out, Boston is looking at Shavlik Randolph, Jae Crowder and (if he’s not bought out) Brandon Bass as their starting power forward options. The Celtics are 20-31, just a game and a half out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Trading minor pieces for Thomas could have helped them make a push for the eighth seed. Losing Sullinger for a while is a step back.

They could still make it, because the bottom of the East is a disaster, but it’s an uphill battle now.