Friday, April 4, 2014
Bradley out at least two more games
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley will miss at least two more games after being diagnosed with a strained right Achilles' tendon.
The injury flared late in the first half of Monday's loss in Chicago, forcing him to sit out the remainder of that game and Wednesday's loss in Washington. Bradley was re-evaluated by team doctors on Thursday and was advised to sit out at least two more games. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will be day-to-day starting Monday and the team is hopeful he could return to game action on Wednesday in Atlanta.
Bradley missed 19 games earlier this season while dealing with a right ankle sprain. He said after Wednesday's loss that this is a separate injury, but suggested it's likely an offshoot of the ankle ailment.
"It doesn't have anything to do with my ankle anymore," said Bradley. "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]."
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley is frustrated by another setback that will keep him off the court. But Stevens stressed he believes Bradley will return this season and that any decision to shut down Bradley for the season lies with the medical staff.
"I think that if he could play, he’d be playing," said Stevens. "If they gave him the OK, he’d be playing. I’m hopeful that he’s going to play as much as possible over the [final] seven games [of the 2013-14 season]."
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.