Jared Sullinger Learns His Lesson Following Repeated Benchings

CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Prior to Sunday, Jared Sullinger had never been late to a Celtics practice or shoot-around. Three days later, it’s happened in back-to-back home games for the starting power forward.

The 22-year-old was pulled from the starting lineup on Sunday against the Miami Heat after showing up late for the team’s pregame walk-through. That trend continued on Wednesday, as Brad Stevens opted to start Tyler Zeller at center in place of Sullinger when the big man was late yet again.

What was the cause of Sullinger’s consistent tardiness? Boston traffic.

The third-year big man explained his travel issues to the media before Wednesday’s game, describing a scenario most Bostonians could relate to.

“My original route down Storrow (Drive), take Trapelo Rd. all the way down, go down Storrow, get to the Garden, it takes like 30 minutes,” Sullinger said. “But what happened was there was a funeral so…

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