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Stevens: Bradley out 'a couple of weeks'

1/22/2014

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday that shooting guard Avery Bradley is "probably out a couple weeks" after spraining his right ankle during Tuesday's loss to the Miami Heat.

Bradley planted awkwardly trying to defend Mario Chalmers near halfcourt early in the second quarter of Tuesday's game. He arrived for Wednesday's game in Washington wearing a walking boot and utilizing crutches.

Bradley had started Boston's first 43 games of the season, averaging a career-high 14.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting over 31 minutes per game. Just three games after Rajon Rondo returned to game action, Boston will again be without its preferred starting tandem as Bradley recovers.

The Celtics were without both Bradley and Rondo (precautionary night off due to back-to-back) on Wednesday in Washington. Gerald Wallace took Bradley's spot in the starting lineup.

Boston also signed guard Vander Blue to a 10-day contract out of the D-League in order to add emergency depth to the roster. The Celtics previously signed D-League swingman Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract on Friday.

The Celtics have seen their backcourt depth eroded recently. Last week the team traded MarShon Brooks and Jordan Crawford to Golden State and excused Keith Bogans from the team due to his frustration with a lack of playing time. Jerryd Bayless, acquired earlier this month in another trade, is expected to miss more than a week after spraining a toe in his left foot in Sunday's loss in Orlando.