In the face of adversity, particularly as it relates to severe injuries, the best teams tend to take the “next man up” approach, choosing to focus on the personnel they still have, rather than that which was lost.
That is the attitude that can be found in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Boston Celtics, less than a week after finding out that All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL that will require surgery, will now be without their promising rookie forward Jared Sullinger.
Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa had this to say in response to the news:
Sullinger, who was averaging six points and six rebounds in nearly 20 minutes of play this season, will be out the remainder of the season.
He played only four minutes before leaving the team’s last outing on Wednesday versus the Sacramento Kings with back spasms. Friday, he underwent surgery to repair a lumbar disc in his back.
The team expects that he will be back by training camp, until then, they will continue to press on.