We have discussed the significance of Avery Bradley this season for months now. Recently we have been debating Bradley's value, which seems to be dropping very gradually. For a variety of reasons, Bradley has been one of my favorite green draftees since day one, but the kid just can't seem to shake the injury bug.
The Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes published some interesting information regarding Bradley's sprained right ankle:
Avery Bradley used to tape his ankles before games, practices, shootarounds, etc., but this season, the Celtics guard decided to stop.
"More than anything, I just didn't want to tape anymore," he said Friday.
Of course, Bradley suffered a right ankle sprain against the Heat back in January. After returning too soon (five-game absence) he aggravated the sprain and remained sidelined for 19 of 22 games before Friday.
"As a result of me not taping, I injured myself," Bradley said before he returned to action in the Celtics' 87-80 loss to the Suns at TD Garden.
The Celtics' defensive ace, with his ankles taped, posted 9 points on 4-12 shooting in 17 minutes.
"I feel fine," he said after the game. "It's a little sore, but I'm going to ice and I'll feel fine tomorrow."
Though he admitted his jumper felt "rusty", Bradley said his there were "no problems" with his ankle.
"Confident in it, I tried not to think about it. Don't want to restrict my game at all."
Number zero has shown improvement on the offensive end this season, but his inability to play will likely bring down his asking price this offseason. Hopefully for the Cs, Bradley will continue to tape his ankles and shake the injury bugs once and for all.