Avery Bradley to play through thumb injury

One of the few bright spots in the Celtics 83-75 loss to the Heat on Sunday was the play by guard Avery Bradley.

Bradley scored 17 points, while filling up the stat sheet with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. In 33 minutes the 5-year veteran knocked down eight of the 15 shots he attempted:

But while the C's guard was doing his best to keep his team in the game, he suffered what he believes is a fractured thumb:

Bradley went to the locker room during the third quarter for an extended period, but the 24-year old denied that the visit to the trainers' room was anything out of the ordinary.

Per Mass Live's Jay King:

No, I didn't come out because of this, I kept playing on it. It was time for me to come out. He was putting someone else in to bring a spark off the bench, so it was just perfect timing for me to come out and get an X-ray.

The optimism from Bradley is good news to hear from a guy who has had a history of shoulder and ankle injuries throughout his career. His health hasn't been a problem this season, as he's appeared in 45 of 46 games, while averaging 13.1 points per game.

Bradley, best known for being a pest on the defensive end, is a much needed commodity in the C's offense, scoring in double figures in 15 of the last 17 games. His ability to fight through any nagging injuries can only help as the Celtics push for a spot in the playoffs.

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