Celtics’ Jared Sullinger ‘shocked’ by his back improvement

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WALTHAM – Jared Sullinger didn’t think it would be this way less than a year after back surgery.

“Honestly, I’m shocked the way I’m playing now,” the Celtics forward said after practice Thursday.

Shocked in a good way, he means. His back had been giving him trouble since his freshman year at Ohio State, and doctors had said that the surgery, performed in February, would make the second-year Celtics big man better than ever.

Sure enough, the 6-foot-9-inch Sullinger said he feels better, and referenced his play in the Celtics’ Monday win against the Magic — he scored 14 off the bench — as evidence.

“Some of the spin moves I did on Monday night – if this is last year, I wouldn’t come close to successfully pulling that move off,” he said.

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