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Report: Celtics Avery Bradley to have surgery Friday

May 25, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Avery Bradley AP

If you need surgery, and there is a four-month recovery you need to get through, you don’t put it off.

Boston guard Avery Bradley is to undergo surgery Friday to repair his injured left shoulder, tweets Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. That has been confirmed by Doc Rivers. So no, he’s probably not available for Game 7 Saturday.

The decision is not a surprise but it came up quickly. Bradley’s defense with the first unit will certainly be missed, without him Jrue Holiday (and at moments Evan Turner) got into the middle of the Celtics defense and was the reason the Sixers won Game 6 and forced a deciding game on Saturday.

There is about a four month recovery time for this surgery, which would bring Bradley back right before the start of training camp next fall.

  1. andre504 - May 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Bradley is the only player on the Celts that would have given Wade some issues. Wade went off last year and I see him going off again against the Celtics, barring a game 7 win.

  2. andre504 - May 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Bradley is the only player on the Celts that would have given Wade some issues. Wade went off last year and I see him going off again against the Celtics, that is if they get past the Sixers….

  3. acdc363 - May 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Yup you basically just explained my biggest fear andre504. Watching Ray try and guard Wade last year in the playoffs was tough to watch. Bradley was one of the only guys I had confidence in if and when we played the beast that is Miami. That being said though KG is playing ridiculous ball right now and if the Heat are still without Bosh then we might be able to out play them in the front court. I know I can confidently say that the my C’s won’t go down without a fight though so it will certainly be an interesting series if we survive tonight.

  4. southpaw77 - May 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Music to Miami’s ears.
    Can’t believe the easy path they’ll have to the finals.
    Just in the east Howard goes down for Orlando.
    Lin, Shumpert, Davis and Amare miss time for NY.
    Rose and Noah go down for Chicago.
    Horford missed time for Atlanta.
    And Philly is just plain average and taking advantage of Chicago’s and Boston’s injuries. A Sixers player already admitted they are scared of Miami and that they’d rather play Chicago and that was pre-Rose injury.

    • bozosforall - May 25, 2012 at 3:22 PM

      Injuries are always a part of the game. A healthy Bynum in 2007 and the Celtics are still ringless since the 1980s.

      • andyhr17 - May 25, 2012 at 11:12 PM

        If you get to play like that then a healthy Perkins means they win it two years later. In your fantasy world it still plays with each winning a title.

      • bozosforall - May 26, 2012 at 12:24 AM

        Five to one in the Lakers favor.

  5. lucidsportsfan - May 25, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    I think this news is devastating for Boston, a bigger deal than Bosh’s injury for Miami

  6. maxsonj - May 25, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    And if Perkins is healthy in ’10 the Celtics would have two rings since the ’80s

    • bozosforall - May 25, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      Meanwhile, the Lakers have FIVE rings, regardless.

      • bozosforall - May 25, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        Since 2000, that is.

  7. tfoz5150 - May 26, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Miami will definitely find a way to CHOKE on the south beach chorizo again! No Bosh, no good. Philly’s playing with a new confidence now. They’re driving the lane and playing stingy defense. Wade’s punka$$/crybaby ways will find him sulking in the corner with nobody listening. And Miami’s “As The Heat Turns” soap opera will carry on into the summer.

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