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Celtics Avery Bradley needs surgery; 4 months recovery

May 24, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith AP

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.

Bradley likely needs shoulder surgery on his bad left shoulder, Celtics GM and decision maker Danny Ainge confirmed that to ESPNBoston.com (via CSNNE.com).

“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.

  1. broomehandle - May 24, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    You mean game 6

  2. bozosforall - May 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Then Ray Allen got exposed as one-dimensional in Game 6. Feel bad for Bradley as an individual, but not for the Celtics nor their loud-mouthed arrogant fan base.

    • scalfor3 - May 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      yeah, ray is normally a solid defender but not when playing on half an ankle

      • bozosforall - May 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Ray couldn’t defend him healthy. Don’t fool yourself…oh wait, you are a Boston fan, therefore automatically delusional.

      • scalfor3 - May 25, 2012 at 3:31 PM

        ray couldn’t defend who? i was merely pointing out that a healthy ray isn’t the defensive liability he is right now

  3. andyhr17 - May 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    The bone spurs have nothing to do with Ray Allen not being able to shoot. Yep. It’s because he’s a terrible basketball player.

  4. j0esixpack - May 25, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    This is a huge… Perhaps a decisive loss for the Celts.

    Those who have watched the team know how important he is. He’s not a big name but he helps the big names play much better when he’s out there, especially Rondo.

    I think they can get by the Sixers still but if they do they stand a very slim chance of advancing without Bradley.

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