Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger is the latest of several NBA players in the past week to announce that they will miss the remainder of the season.
The team's leading scorer first showed discomfort after the Celtics win over Atlanta Feb. 11. This past Wednesday, he took himself out of practice, reports the Boston Herald. X-rays revealed that Sullinger had a metatarsal stress fracture in his left foot.
The metatarsal bones connect your ankle to your toes. A stress fracture is caused by stressing the foot too much over time, while an acute fracture is caused by a sudden and traumatic injury. Metatarsal stress fractures can take four to 12 weeks to heal.
Sullinger averaged 14.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists while playing 28.7 minutes per game this season. He also led the team in rebounding. The Celtics, who are 1.5 games behind the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, will have to call upon a platoon of big men to make up for the loss of Sullinger's stellar production.