Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Bradley, Faverani will miss trip
PHOENIX -- Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley and center Vitor Faverani will not join the team on a four-game road trip coming out of the All-Star break due to lingering injuries.
Bradley aggravated a second sprain of his right ankle before the break and, after missing five games last month with an initial sprain, appears set to miss at least as many from the new sprain. Faverani is nursing a knee injury suffered in a D-League appearance, but the team anticipates him being available again when it returns home next week.
"Avery and Vitor are not on the trip, they will not play the whole trip," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.
On Bradley, Stevens noted, "I was told [after a recent MRI before the break] that it definitely had been aggravated and worse since whenever he sprained it the second time. And that he’d be out for [the San Antonio] game and most likely the West Coast trip, but I didn’t say that at the time because I didn’t want to say that and come back on those words."
As for Faverani, Stevens said, "I think Vitor was sick right before we left in the San Antonio game, but the knee, he got reexamined [Monday] and [the team's training staff] called me [Monday] and decided not to send him on the trip. They are going to keep him there, and he gets to work on all our equipment. Work on that [weightless] Ultra-G [treadmill] and get himself back, fully conditioned and ready, so that when we get back, I anticipate he should be near ready to go."
The Celtics held their first post-All-Star practice Tuesday afternoon at the US Airways Center. They'll have 11 available bodies for Wednesday's tilt with the Suns (excused Keith Bogans also remains away from the team), but Boston is thin, and will be thinner if there's any activity at the trade deadline.
What's more, point guard Rajon Rondo noted that he plans to sit out the second night of a back-to-back on Saturday in Sacramento. The Celtics also play Friday in Los Angeles and Rondo doesn't want to attempt three games in four nights this early in his return from ACL surgery.
"Not yet. I don’t feel comfortable," Rondo said. "It’s three in four nights, that’s a lot of games. Maybe if we had three days off, then two days [with a] back-to-back and two [more] days off, maybe then."
Rondo has appeared in 10 games since returning on Jan. 17 against the Lakers. His minute restriction recently was lifted and he expects to play in back-to-back games later this season.