Jared Sullinger gets hit on the right knee by Mo Harkless while taking a charge.WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger underwent a precautionary MRI on Tuesday, which revealed a bone bruise on his sore right knee. Sullinger is listed as day-to-day.
Sullinger bruised the knee while taking a charge during Monday's win over the Orlando Magic. Late in the second quarter, Orlando's Mo Harkless slammed hard into Sullinger's right knee, forcing Boston's second-year forward to crash backwards. Sullinger did play 14 minutes, 33 seconds in the second half of that game.
He sat out practice Tuesday and departed with trainer Ed Lacerte near the end of the session.
"He’s got a sore knee and they are doing an MRI just to check out and see what’s wrong," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the afternoon session as the team waited for results. "Nothing conclusive, and certainly day-to-day it sounds like they are looking at, but we just don’t know yet, so we want to make sure."
Sullinger is averaging 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds over 19.7 minutes per game in seven appearances (he was suspended for the team's season-opener). Sullinger tops the team in plus-minus at plus-30.
If Sullinger is unable to play on Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, it would likely mean an elevated role for veteran Kris Humphries, who has played well (second best on the team at plus-27 overall) in small bursts while waiting for an extended opportunity.
(Note: Post updated at 5:55 p.m. to reflect MRI results)