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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Pregame: Bradley out vs. Wizards

By Chris Forsberg

Boston Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley will sit out Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards due to a strained right Achilles' tendon.

Bradley, who missed 19 games recently due to right ankle woes, sat out the second half of Monday's loss to the Chicago Bulls due to stiffness in his Achilles. He had been pegged a game-time decision on Wednesday night, but was held out as the team errs on the side of caution. Jerryd Bayless starts in his place.

"You’re always appropriately cautious," coach Brad Stevens told reporters in Washington at Wednesday's shootaround. “So you always want to make sure health, especially long-term health, is never sacrificed in any which way."

Bradley is averaging a career-best 14.2 points over 30.4 minutes per game in 55 appearances this season. Bradley is set to be a restricted free agent this summer.

Bradley stressed to reporters in Washington that his current ailment is merely an offshoot of his ankle injury. Said Bradley: "It doesn't have anything to do with my ankle anymore. It just comes from not playing for a while and now playing at full speed. My ankle's not loose and it ends up giving me tendinitis [in the Achilles]."

Bradley is expected to be reexamined by team doctors on Thursday.