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Celtics Avery Bradley likely out for rest of playoffs

May 24, 2012, 10:04 AM EST

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Boston really missed Avery Bradley’s defense in Game 6. Jrue Holiday was getting into the paint at will and breaking down the Celtics defense, Evan Turner made some big plays, and Bradley’s replacement in the starting lineup Ray Allen picked up six fouls.

Well the Celtics are going to have to figure out how to get by without Bradley for Game 7 against the 76ers Saturday. And beyond that if they win.

Bradley is likely done for the playoffs, something first reported by the Boston Globe and followed up by A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com.

Bradley indicated Wednesday morning that the shoulder injuries that have sidelined him the past two games – that includes Wednesday’s 82-75 Game Six loss to Philadelphia – are not showing significant improvement.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Bradley said. “All I can do is keep trying to get stronger, keep improving for my team. That’s all I’m gonna do.”

No Bradley is going to make it harder for the Celtics to win Game 7, although coach Doc Rivers talked about Boston being a “no excuses” team. If they do win, on the other side is Dwyane Wade and the Heat or the Pacers with Danny Granger and Darren Collison. They will really miss Bradley then.

But first, the Celtics have to win Game 7 without Bradley.

  1. b7p19 - May 24, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    thats a blow for the Celtics because you’re right, Jrue was beating people off the dribble most of the game. Hopefully the Sixers can remain opportunistic and take advantage his absence.

  2. pistolpeatear - May 24, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Big blow for the celtics, they have no bench as it is. Even if they get past the sixers on Saturday, they’ll have little chance against the heat or even the pacers.

  3. scalfor3 - May 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    they really could have used him on holliday last night. this puts even more pressure on rondo to do everything. and it forces ray to play even more minutes on his bum ankle. not good.

  4. bozosforall - May 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Too bad, so sad. The Celtics aren’t going to win the title this year…or anytime soon.

    • andyhr17 - May 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      The Lakers aren’t going to win the title this year…or anytime soon.

      • bozosforall - May 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        They will win another title long before the Celtics do.

      • andyhr17 - May 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        I suppose that you have also seen their back-to-back embarrassing playoff exits in that crystal ball of yours.

  5. bradyisbetterthanrodgers - May 24, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    bozo. how are the lakers doing?

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