Friday, May 4, 2012
Bradley dislocated shoulder; status unclear
By Chris Forsberg
Brian Babineau/NBAE/GettyCeltics guard Avery Bradley injured his shoulder Sunday.
BOSTON -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said starting shooting guard Avery Bradley dislocated his left shoulder during Friday's Game 3 win over the Atlanta Hawks in a Eastern Conference quarterfinal series and his status moving forward is uncertain.
"Shoulder went out," Rivers said. "And he's had that problem all year. Usually they're able to -- like a Lego -- snap it back in. It wouldn't go back in. So we'll find out more [Saturday]."
Bradley suffered the injury late in the third quarter and departed for the locker room along with team doctor Brian McKeon with 2:06 to play in the frame. The team initially said Bradley would return, but soon ruled him out for the rest of the game.
Bradley was Boston's most durable player during the regular season, appearing in a team-high 64 games. By season's end, he had supplanted Ray Allen in the team's starting lineup. Before Friday's game, Bradley finished eighth in the NBA's Most Improved Player balloting.
Bradley finished Friday's game with 5 points, 4 rebounds and a block over 24:54. Allen, who played his first game since April 10 (ankle injury), picked up the slack, logging a whopping 36:51.
Allen could be in line to rejoin the starting lineup if Bradley can't go (assuming Allen's ankles bounce back after Friday's effort).
"I know Avery went down, [but] we have a day and a half to rest and prepare for Sunday," Allen said. "I’m pretty sure he’ll recover, and if not we have, if you look at our bench, from [Mickael] Pietrus to Sasha [Pavlovic] to Marquis [Daniels], all three of those guys over the past couple months or so have played well. So whether Doc starts me or not, it doesn’t make a difference.”