Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Bradley doesn't think he'll play in Game 6
By Chris Forsberg
PHILADELPHIA -- Boston Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley said he does not expect to play in Wednesday's Game 6 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers due to the shoulder issues that sidelined him from Game 5.
Bradley has dislocated his left shoulder three times during the playoffs, including twice in this series against the 76ers. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before Monday's Game 5 that both of Bradley's shoulders were now sore and he simply wasn't in position to be on the floor.
Rivers said Bradley would not participate in Wednesday's shootaround at the Wells Fargo Center, but would try to warm up before the game to see if there's enough improvement to get him back to game action. Bradley sounded pessimistic about his chances.
"I’m just trying to get (the shoulders) stronger. But as of now, I’m not going to be playing tonight," said Bradley. " It’s definitely frustrating, but all I can do is keep trying to get stronger, keep trying to improve for my team. That’s what I’m going to do."
Bradley said that he's experienced no improvement in the shoulder since toughing out the end of a Game 4 loss in Philadelphia last Friday. He was also noncommittal about the chances of playing in a potential Game 7.
"I’m just taking it day-by-day," said Bradley, who was working on left shoulder exercises with the training staff as the team prepared to launch into its shootaround.
Said Rivers: "(Bradley is a) little better, not much. I don’t think he’ll play tonight, but we’ll find out. He won't do anything in shootaround for sure, then we’ll do what we did the other night and let him warm up and see if he can warm up. Then we’ll go from there."
Ray Allen, who jumped back into the starting lineup in Bradley's place during Game 5, said he's feeling better after rolling his already ailing right ankle in that game. He would be in line to start again for the Celtics.