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According to CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely, Celtics guard Avery Bradley is dealing with a rib injury and will not practice today. He's also questionable for tomorrow night's home game with the Bulls. From the article (link).

According to coach Doc Rivers, the 6-foot-2 defensive star, has a rib injury that will keep him from practicing today.

"He's OK; not great," said Rivers in describing Bradley's current state physically. "He's not going to do anything today, for sure."

His status is day-to-day as the C's close out their five-game homestand Friday night against the Bulls.

Like the C's, Bradley's best work came in the game's early moments. But for the most part, like the rest of the Celtics, he never seemed to get into any kind of flow or play at the steady, high-impact level defensively that fans have grown accustomed to seeing.

"I went out there and competed," Bradley told CSNNE.com after the game. "Played as hard as I could."

Which is why he has been given much of the credit for the Celtics' turn-around this season.

If he is unable to play, Boston will likely turn to either Courtney Lee or Jason Terry to start.

Bradley's impact on the team has been huge, 14-16 record without him compared to a 6-2 mark with him in the line-up. The Celtics gave up 100+ points 14 times in the 30 games that Bradley missed, but have yet to give up triple digits with their best on the ball defender in the line-up.

One of the underrated parts of Bradley's return has been the emergence of the bench, which has finally found it's rhythm with the Green/Terry/Lee/Sullinger unit. Hopefully Bradley heals up quickly so the rotations do not get too far off kilter.

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Michael Dyer 1/17/2013 02:24:00 PM Edit
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