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Monday, April 14, 2014

Celtics without Jared Sullinger, Kris Humphries and Jerryd Bayless against the 76ers


By on 4/14/2014 04:00:00 PM

The Boston Celtics enter Monday night's game with a record of 25-55. They take on a 76ers team that has a record of 17-63 on the season. With two games left for both teams, there is nothing to play for, which is a far cry from the glory days of the rivalry between these two teams. The match up of Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, and Julius Erving versus Larry Bird are distant memories. But as the teams must play out the string, the Celtics will be without Jared Sullinger, Kris Humphries and Jerryd Bayless, due to injury.
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A. Sherrod Blakely, who Covers the Boston Celtics and the NBA for Comcast SportsNet and
Sullinger will miss his second straight game with a sprained ankle, while Humprhies will miss his fourth out of the last five games. Kelly Olynyk and Joel Anthony will see the bulk of the minutes in the middle against the 76ers. Olynyk had 25 points and 12 rebounds against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Anthony added four points and three rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.

Bayless missed Saturday's game with a bone bruise to his knee and was replaced in the lineup by Phil Pressey, who had nine points, 13 assists and five rebounds in 42 minutes. Expect Pressey to start tonight against the 76ers.

Sullinger is in his second season out of Ohio State and is averaging 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Humprhies is a 10-year NBA veteran out of Minnesota and is averaging 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.  Bayless is in his sixth season out of Arizona and is averaging 9.3 points and 2.7 assists per game.

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