May 24, 2012, 10:04 AM EDT
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 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.
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