May 24, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT
Not only is Avery Bradley out for the Celtics for the rest of these playoffs, he could be lost to them up to the start of next training camp.
“We’ll probably find out more here in the next few hours, but it’s looking that way,” Ainge said during his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. “I think these reports are accurate — at least the reports I’ve read. Someone said it was a 90 percent chance that he’s done for the season, and it’s looking that way.”
The surgery is needed to repair small tears that have compromised the structure of his left shoulder, according to a league source.
If you don’t know how much Bradley means to the Celtics, you didn’t watch the Sixers’ Jrue Holiday carve them up in Game 5. Bradley’s defense contained Holiday in the Celtics wins, without Bradley there it was Holiday getting the Sixers enough offense to force a game 7.
Another issue is the recovery time for this could be four months, which means Bradley would miss summer workouts and basically bounce back just in time for training camp. That can stall the development of good young players.
But he’s got to get it right, and that means he is going to have to go under the knife.
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