Boston Celtics’ center Jared Sullinger will sit out Monday’s game vs. the Utah Jazz after suffering a mild concussion on Friday. Kris Humphries will likely get the start and should be added in fantasy basketball leagues.
Sullinger took a blow to the head in the Celtics’ 101-92 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, and was forced to miss Saturday’s matchup with the Sacramento Kings. While Sully managed to play 30 minutes on Friday — and finished the game on the court — it was later revealed he suffered a “mild concussion”.
With the Celtics in tank mode, coach Brad Stevens will play it safe with their 21-year-old budding star. It would be surprising to see him sit out Wednesday’s game vs. the Hawks, but he could play at home Saturday vs. the Pacers.
Jared Sullinger is averaging 13.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in his second season, and his success on the court has been vital to the team, points out Celtics’ play-by-play announcer Sean Grande:
Jared Sullinger (concussion) out again tonight here in Salt Lake City. 2013-14 Celtics… With Jared Sullinger: +22 Without him: -234
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) February 24, 2014
Kris Humphries is the man you want to add off your waiver wire if you are looking to pick someone up. He has a tasty matchup vs. a Utah Jazz team that could be without star PF/C Derrick Favors. Favors has missed the last three games with a sprained hip and is a game-time decision tonight after participating in shootaround this morning. The Jazz are 0-9 in games Favors has sat out this season.
On Saturday, without Sullinger in the lineup, Humphries exploded for 19 points (9-15 FG), eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks in 36 minutes. In 11 games as the Celtics’ starting center, Humphries has averaged a fantasy-friendly line of 10.6 points, 8.6 boards and 1.5 blocks. He is owned in just 2.3 percent of ESPN.com leagues.
Bass is owned in 23.8 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues, while Olynyk is rostered in 1.1 percent of leagues.