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Jared Sullinger fine with reduced role as he returns from injury

Getting his legs.

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Jared Sullinger is easing his way back into playing and so far has looked a little out of rhythm and is probably still getting back into playing shape.  So he's not getting the minutes he did before the injury.  But that isn't going to distress him any.

Boston Celtics notes: Jared Sullinger OK with smaller role, James Young set for D-League playoffs |

Boston's leading scorer and rebounder before the injury, Sullinger is OK with diminished minutes and coming off the bench. He says he's even fine with waving his towel for 48 minutes if that's what the Celtics need. "It's not really a challenge," Sullinger said before Monday's practice. "Like I told Brad in a meeting the day before the Bucks game, I'm not looking to come back like I was before All-Star break where I was scoring the basketball, getting go-to plays. I just take a lesser role just to help the team win because the team has it rolling."

In other news, Jae Crowder sat out practice yesterday but is expected to play Wednesday.

Jae Crowder expected to play against Detroit Pistons despite missing Boston Celtics practice |

Jae Crowder will not practice Monday due to a sprained right ankle but should "without a doubt" be available in time for Wednesday's game in Detroit, according to Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. "That is purely out of holding him out for giving him one more day to heal," Stevens said before the practice.

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