Thursday, January 17, 2013
Practice: Bradley sits out session
By Chris Forsberg
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley sat out Thursday's practice session with what coach Doc Rivers termed a rib injury suffered in Wednesday's loss to the New Orleans Hornets. Bradley will be a game-time decision for Friday's visit from the Chicago Bulls.
"He’s OK, he’s not great," Rivers said of Bradley, who was spotted before practice walking with team physician Dr. Brian McKeon. "He got hit in the ribs or somewhere; I don’t even know where he got hit. We’ll see tomorrow. He’s not going to practice or do anything today, for sure."
Rivers had previously noted that Bradley, who has played eight games in 14 days since returning from double shoulder surgery, appeared tired during Wednesday's game, but the injury might have diminished his typically relentless on-the-ball defense.
After scoring a season-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting over 27 minutes in Monday's win over Charlotte, Bradley registered just four points on 2-of-4 shooting over 21 minutes against the Hornets.
A few more notes from Thursday's pre-practice access:
* JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS ON JUMPERS: Rivers always stresses that he's OK with open looks, but admitted the Celtics got too comfortable with their perimeter shots on Wednesday. "There’s nothing wrong with taking jump shots -- if you’re open and you're making them," said Rivers. "But you gotta have some sort of regulator on your team and on yourself if they are not going in. You have to go to the second and third options, and look for a better shot." Did Rivers like the looks his team got against the Hornets? "Not really. I liked some of them, but I thought a lot of them were rushed, early in the clock. I thought we took a lot of open shots -- ones that were marginally contested. To me, you can get a better shot."
* NO CHANGE FOR BULLS: Rivers pointed to the importance of rebounding against the size-gushing Bulls when they visit on Friday, but said he won't change the starting lineup. Rivers has used veteran Jason Collins at center to take some of the wear-and-tear off Kevin Garnett, but said this will not be one of those games.
* CLOSING THE BOOK ON AUSTIN: Rivers was clearly eager to move on from Wednesday's father-vs.-son battle with New Orleans rookie Austin River, but said his son limited the postgame trash talk. "He was very humble, which for him was great. No it was fun, we had a good time after the game, it was a lot of fun," said coach Rivers. "Other than that, I wasn’t in the greatest of moods, it was really good to see him." The elder Rivers also made it a point to thank the fans for the ovation they gave his son when he entered the game. "It was really neat the fans giving him that ovation, I didn’t expect that," he said. "That was actually another strange event from last night, a player who has never played [in Boston] comes in and they cheer for him. So that was cool, too." Celtics fans also booed Austin Rivers after drawing a foul on Paul Pierce in the closing seconds of the third quarter. "I loved that more," said coach Rivers. "My wife [Kris] was laughing. [The fans would] clap and then all of a sudden it was like, ‘Hey, wait a minute, we gotta win this game.' That was funny."