Saturday, January 19, 2013
Practice: X-rays negative for ailing Bradley
By Greg Payne
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Celtics guard Avery Bradley underwent another set of X-rays on Saturday to check on the status of the rib injury he suffered in Wednesday's loss to the New Orleans Hornets and kept him out of Friday's loss to the Chicago Bulls, coach Doc Rivers said Saturday.
A team spokesman later noted the X-rays came back negative. Rivers previously stressed that Bradley's condition hasn't worsened at all, but that the lack of improvement prompted another test.
"They just want to make sure (his ribs aren’t) cracked or something like that. I think the X-ray showed it wasn't, but maybe do a deeper one just to make sure."
Rivers said Bradley could still travel with the team for the upcoming two-game road trip, but listed him as doubtful for Sunday's matchup with the Pistons.
"It just didn't improve," Rivers said. "He was better. He told me he felt much better and then today he said, 'Man, I just feel the same,' so that's not an improvement."
Bradley made his season debut on Jan. 2 after recovering from offseason shoulder surgeries and helped lift Boston to a 6-2 record over the eight games he played in before missing Friday's matchup with Chicago.
Read on for more notes, including Lenandro Barbosa reaffirming he didn't ask for a trade and Rivers upset with jump-ball sequence late in Friday's loss to Bulls.
BARBOSA DENIES ESPN BRAZIL REPORT
Leandro Barbosa denied a report from ESPN Brazil that quoted him as saying he had made several requests to Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge to be traded because of his limited role with the team.
Barbosa admitted to giving an interview with the outlet, but said he only discussed his role with the Celtics and never made any trade demands.
"No, not true. I never said that I wanted to get traded or any of that talk that you guys saw in the media," Barbosa said. "I'm happy here and I knew it was going to be the situation I'm in, so I didn't say that.
"I was [surprised by the report]. I was. They even said that I was maybe coming back to Brazil to play in Brazil, like leave Boston to play. It's strange for me. But it is what it is. I don't know who said that. It wasn't me. I talked to Danny. Danny knows what it is and I'm happy here."
Barbosa said Saturday that he would like to play more, but stressed the other positives about being with the Celtics.
"Definitely I wanted to play more, but my role right now is this and I'm happy with that," Barbosa said. "I think the most important thing right now for me is like having been in touch with coach. Coach has been talking to me for me to always stay ready, and the minutes I have, I'm going to try to help the team and, like I said, it's a good experience for me being on this team.
"It's a championship team, a lot of good veterans, and I'm learning a lot. I've been 10 years in the league and this is one more year, so I've been just learning, learning. I have a couple more years here in the NBA, so it's just for my experience, so I'm happy to be here."
CELTICS SUBMIT VIDEO OF JUMP BALL TO LEAGUE
Rivers said the Celtics submitted video of the questionable jump-ball call at the tail end of regulation of Friday's loss to the Bulls to the NBA, noting that he felt that Paul Pierce was fouled on the play and that Rajon Rondo should have been granted a timeout before the jump ball was called.
With 12.1 seconds to play in regulation and the Celtics leading 88-86, Rondo inbounded the ball to Pierce, who was immediately trapped by Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler. Rather than get a whistle for a foul or a timeout, the officials called a jump ball that was eventually won by the Bulls, who then tied the game on a Kirk Hinrich jump shot with 2 seconds remaining.
"[Pierce] was fouled, there's no doubt about that, and I also thought, if you watch it, Rondo absolutely called a timeout, and it was clear," Rivers said. "[Rondo] was literally an inch away from [official] Marc Davis' face and did it twice and then you can see [official] Sean Corbin's hand go up for a jump ball. So, it was clear, in my opinion, that he was fouled, No. 1, and No. 2, we got the timeout and it wasn't called."
A replay of the video showed Butler initially tying Pierce up, but the officials awarded Noah with the opportunity to compete for the jump ball.
"I know Butler tied him up and the film shows that and then Noah reaches in afterwards," Rivers said. "And what they were saying was they didn't call that one, they called the second one. And I said, 'If that's true, then he was fouled five times.' But it was absolutely Butler, in my opinion."
Asked what he hoped would come out of sending video to the league, Rivers said: "I feel better."