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Bradley probably won’t play, Ray probably will

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) May 23, 2012 Avery Bradley, Celtics News, Injuries, Ray Allen 4 Comments

I probably could have written this post before the last game, but here goes:

Bradley traveled with the team, but appeared dejected at this morning's shootaround, and he did not participate. He wouldn't commit to playing in a Game 7 or a potential next series.

"I don't think I'll be able to play tonight," Bradley said. Coach Doc Rivers also said Bradley was unlikely to play.

and 

"Right now, I'm not playing," Bradley said, as he received treatment from strength trainer Bryan Doo. "I'm definitely frustrated but all I can do is keep getting stronger and keep improving for my team. I'm just trying to get it better. It's been the same. I just have to keep trying to get is stronger everyday. I just want to make sure I'm 100 percent for my time. I'm just taking it day-by-day right now."

and

Ray Allen, who jumped back into the starting lineup in Bradley's place during Game 5, said he's feeling better after rolling his already ailing right ankle in that game. He would be in line to start again for the Celtics. 

There it is.  And just like everyone else, I'll be damned if I know how this game is going to go down.  Is there a possible result that would shock you?  Trying to figure this team out is harder than Gob trying to figure out which look works best for Kitty


 

… at some point, we're going to have to accept that it's probably going to be ugly no matter what, so we should just kinda roll with it and hope for a positive outcome. 

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    I hate to use the word “should” but we should be able to beat Philly w/out Bradley. It’s best to rest him now, as if we make the ECF, we will really need him either way. Indy and Miami obviously both have athletic perimeter players. I truly appreciate Bradley’s guts and effort all year-he’s a tough kid that has played through alot of pain, and never complained. Not one bit. Get well soon kid.

  • Alex

    Like I said before, don’t be surprised if Bradley doesn’t play again this postseason. He’s got two bad shoulders and if they plan to make it stronger, it’ll take weeks… even months. He will need the surgery. Tough kid but clearly it’s smarter to not force it or the injuries will get even worse.
    Without Bradley, the defense does take a hit, especially if we face Miami and Wade will have Ray Allen defending him *shudders*

  • wil

    SOMEBODY GOTTA TELL RONDO, THEY CHOSE CHRIS PAUL OVER HIM AS A 1sT ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM.
    RONDO WILL PROBABLY GET 6 STEALS IF THEY DO TELL HIM.

  • paul

    Good call, wil. Put that up on the bulletin board!