At one point last night, I asked…
Is Avery Bradley hurt or something?What am I missing here?
— John Karalis (@RedsArmy_John) January 17, 2013
Turns out the answer was yes.
According to coach Doc Rivers, the 6-foot-2 defensive star, has a rib injury that will keep him from practicing today.
“He’s OK; not great,” said Rivers in describing Bradley’s current state physically. “He’s not going to do anything today, for sure.”
His status is day-to-day as the C’s close out their five-game homestand Friday night against the Bulls.
My initial reaction is “ahhh… crap.”
The Celtics are simply a different team without Bradley. We’ve seen it over the past two weeks. And last night without a healthy Bradley to finish out the game, the C’s struggled again without him (though, to be fair, hardly anyone played well anyway).
The Bulls are a matchup problem for the Celtics, but they’ve got weak ball handlers that could be exploited with Bradley hounding them full court. It could help erase some of the advantages the Bulls hold over Boston, and turn a tough game into a win for the Celtics.
We’ll see how bad this injury really is tomorrow, I suppose. He did return to the game last night, which is a good sign.