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During Friday's 100-97 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley sustained a left hip injury that will sideline him for Monday's rematch, and possibly beyond.

From CSNNE.com:

Celtics guard Avery Bradley sustained a left hip injury that kept him out for the second half on Saturday and will keep him out for the rematch Monday night against the Nets at Brooklyn.

It is unclear if the 6-foot-2 guard will return to the lineup in time for the game against Detroit on Wednesday night.

While no official announcement has been made, CSNNE's Sherrod Blakely expects Marcus Smart to start in Bradley's place.

Boston will likely replace Bradley with Marcus Smart, who has been back on the floor the past three games after missing the previous 18 with a left knee injury.

Smart is coming off his best game since returning from his knee injury and appears ready to play minutes closer to the 29.1 per game he averaged prior to being hurt.

However, in yesterday's pre-game presser, Brad Stevens felt as though Smart was not ready to play increased minutes. We will see if his tune has changed after Bradley's injury, as well as after witnessing the spark that Smart provided during Saturday's game, where he scored 11 points to go along with 3 steals and 3 rebounds in 24 minutes of playing time, helping the Celtics decrease a double-digit deficit.



If Smart is indeed moved to the first unit, we will likely see an increase in James Young's or Terry Rozier's playing time. (RJ Hunter still might be limited due to a shoulder subluxation suffered on Thursday).

Photo: Robert Hanashiro – USA Today Sports Images

Danielle Hobeika 1/03/2016 08:23:00 PM Edit
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