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Monday, March 31, 2014
Bradley (ankle) departs vs. Bulls

By Chris Forsberg

Boston Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley, who recently missed 19 games due to right ankle ailments, did not play in the second half of Monday's game against the Chicago Bulls because of soreness in the ankle.

Bradley missed all five shots he took over 13 minutes, 44 seconds of floor time in the first half of Monday's game. He had an abbreviated stint late in the second quarter before being lifted with 1:22 to play in the half. Bradley finished with one point, three assists and two rebounds.

"It's just tendinitis in the Achilles," Bradley told reporters after Monday's loss in Chicago. "It just comes from not playing for a long period and then coming back full speed. It's been bothering me, but I've been playing through it, just getting treatment. But [Monday] it got the best of me."

Said coach Brad Stevens: "I took him out and he was limping because he looked like he landed funny or did something. But it didn’t sound like it was a long-term thing when [team trainer] Ed [Lacerte] told me he’s not playing. Kinda like it was his Achilles was very sore, he couldn’t get it loose -- that’s as far as I got. When they said he can’t play -- OK, you gotta find the other guys that can."

Chris Johnson took Bradley's place in the lineup to open the second half.

Bradley sprained his right ankle in late January and missed 19 of the team's next 22 games before returning on March 14. In eight appearances this month, Bradley had averaged 14.8 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the floor entering Monday's tilt.

The Celtics will wait to see how Bradley's ankle responds with a day off scheduled for Tuesday. Bradley said he's hopeful he can play on Wednesday when the Celtics visit the Washington Wizards, but will listen to the medical staff.