Adrian Wojnarowski: Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley underwent surgery to repair adductor and rectus abdominis muscles on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the regular season, league sources tell ESPN. Six weeks to eight weeks is the recovery time on the surgery.
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Bradley also said that surgery is a possibility, and that it could happen before the season is over. But Bradley said ideally he wants to play this season. “Right now, we’re just taking it day by day, trying to be smart about this injury,” Bradley said. “Just trying to see what the best decision is to make, what it is, what it’s going to be.”
Guard Avery Bradley said he’ll return to the lineup after missing seven games with a groin injury. “It was lingering over a few weeks, but now I feel better, I feel like I can go out there and give my all,” Bradley said Tuesday after practice.
Rod Beard: #Pistons SVG says Avery Bradley’s groin injury has similar symptoms to a sports hernia, but it isn’t that: “It’s going to take some time, but he’ll basically do nothing for the next seven days and see where he is and whether we’re starting him back or not.”
Vincent Ellis: Avery Bradley (right adductor) out tonight vs. #Pacers. Luke Kennard gets first career start for #Pistons.
Rod Beard: #Pistons SVG says Avery Bradley (ankle) will be out tonight and possibly tomorrow vs. #Raptors too.
Gary Washburn: Crowder and Bradley are playing tonight vs #Cavs. Tyler Zeller (family reasons) is OUT #Celtics
Scott Souza: #Celtics guard Avery Bradley (recurring illness) not with team for trip to NYC. Presumably out for Sunday game vs. #Knicks.
“Avery’s sick again,” Stevens said before hosting the Magic. “Avery had a recurrence of the stomach bug. He’s had a tough week so he’s out. But everyone else is here.”
Stevens believes Bradley probably will not make the trip to New York for Sunday’s game against the Knicks.
Bradley continued trying to bust through lingering effects of an illness that hospitalized him this weekend. “I feel a little better,” Bradley said. “I still feel a little drained. I tried to use today – I went really hard so I could break a sweat and try to just get it out of me so I’m back to my regular self. But I feel good.”
Adam Himmelsbach: Avery Bradley wasn’t released from the hospital this morning, I’m told, so safe to say his status for tomorrow is questionable at best.
Brian Robb: Avery Bradley is staying overnight at the hospital for precautionary reasons for his stomach flu, according to Celtics PR
Adam Himmelsbach: Avery Bradley’s been in the hospital most of the day with a stomach bug. Out tonight. Jaylen in.
Marc D’Amico: #NEBHInjuryReport: Avery Bradley (hamstring) returns tonight, but Al Horford (elbow) and Jonas Jerebko (flu) are out.
Adam Himmelsbach: Avery Bradley: “I’ve had like five of my teammates ask me if I’m OK, but I’m fine. I’m excited about the game tomorrow, I know that.”
Scott Souza: Avery Bradley said was a ‘compromise’ w/ #Celtics medical staff to allow him to play. Indicated they may have wanted to sit him even longer.
Chris Vivlamore: C’s Avery Bradley could return tonight vs. Hawks. Not listed on injury report. Missed 22 of last 23 with strained right Achilles’ tendon.
“They’re telling me that maybe I am (100 percent), but they wrote down where they wanted me to be and they want me to follow it,” Bradley said Friday. “And I don’t know. I guess we’re trying to meet in the middle somewhere. So I’ll see what they let me do.”
Gary Washburn: Avery Bradley is OUT but Brad Stevens said he is “any day now. We’re excited.” #Celtics
Marc D’Amico: Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play tonight, says Brad Stevens. #NEBHInjuryReport
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Avery Bradley went through a third of the practice, said he feels good. No update on tomorrow.
Nick Friedell: Brad Stevens says Avery Bradley and Jaylen Brown are out tonight. Gerald Green is questionable with a bruised heel.
Scott Souza: #Celtics Avery Bradley said he is starting to do basketball activities now, will ramp up over All-Star break, targeting first game back.
Chris Forsberg: Brad Stevens on Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown: “Both guys are out for the next two games with the hope of doing some practice when we return.”
Marc D’Amico: Jaylen Brown (hip flexor) and Avery Bradley (Achilles) are out. #NEBHInjuryReport
Adam Himmelsbach: Brad Stevens says Avery Bradley is feeling about as good as he’s felt, but no new sense on timetable.
Avery Bradley did not travel with the Boston Celtics to begin a four-game road trip and could be out until the All-Star break due to a lingering strained right Achilles, head coach Brad Stevens told reporters Tuesday night
Marc D’Amico: Avery Bradley (Achilles) did not travel with the team to SAC and is unlikely to join the C’s on their 4-game road trip, says Brad Stevens.
Sean Grande: Avery Bradley officially out. The Celtics have now had their “core four” (Thomas, Bradley, Crowder Horford) for just 22 of 49 games.
Adam Himmelsbach: Avery Bradley: “I feel great, really good. I’m practicing tomorrow and hoping I can play for Wednesday. That’s the game plan.”
A. Sherrod Blakely: Al Horford (groin) back in starting lineup tonight for the @Celtics. Avery Bradley still out, may be back for Wednesday game.
Chris Forsberg: Brad: “Avery is progressing. He shot [Sun], worked out some today. He’ll try to go through some of practice [Tues] + we’ll see from there.”
Adam Himmelsbach: Brad Stevens reiterates that Avery Bradley will be out all week. Gerald Green will miss Wiz game because he’s sick.
Jay King: Demetrius Jackson and Jonas Jerebko are out sick. Avery Bradley out, could miss this whole week, according to Stevens.
Marc D’Amico: Avery Bradley Achilles update: “I think he’ll be out tomorrow, at least,” says Stevens. #NEBHInjuryReport
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: I could see Avery Bradley (Achilles) missing more time. He was sore. Maybe he came back too soon.
Mark Murphy: Avery Bradley will miss tonight’s game with a sore right Achilles, the injury that kept him out of four of the last five games.
Gary Washburn: Bradley could be back Wednesday vs. #Wizards. MRI showed just Achilles strain. #Celtics
Jay King: Bradley strained his Achilles. Didn’t feel great when he shot around today. Said the Celtics will be “appropriately conservative” with him.
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Avery Bradley MRI came back clean. But very unlikely to return this series.
Chris Forsberg: During his weekly call to Boston sports radio 98.5, Ainge said, “Avery is so critical, such a critical piece of our future, I’m certainly not going to allow Avery to go out at less than 100 percent. … I know Avery is fighting at the bit; he would try to pay under any circumstance if he could run. I will prevent and intervene there to keep Avery from jeopardizing himself and making sure he doesn’t make a bad decision.” Ainge did not that the injury is, “not as bad as it could have been, he’s much better, but I think it’s a long shot that Avery will be back in this series.
Chris Forsberg: Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge hinted that Avery Bradley suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain in Game 1 and dubbed him a “long shot” to play again in the first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Marc D’Amico: Brad Stevens says Marcus Smart will start in place of the injured Avery Bradley, and Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will not play tonight.
There is still an opportunity to win this series but the Celtics have to use their two days off to reflect on their recent slow starts. And they also likely have to move on without Avery Bradley, who suffered a right hamstring strain and will have an MRI on Sunday, a test that will likely reveal a significant injury.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Avery Bradley in serious pain. Could not reach down and pull his pants up w/o assistance.. VERY questionable for game 2. #Celticstalk
Jay King: Bradley said he hopes to return by Game 2. Might be an ambitious goal. MRI tomorrow morning.
Bradley said he will go for “a test” Sunday morning. He also anticipated having treatment through the night. He left the locker room using one blue crutch to walk with. Game 2 is Tuesday at Philips Arena.
“I just want to get treatment and take it day by day and hopefully I can be back by next game,” Bradley said. “I’m not worried at all, I have faith, I know my teammates and people are praying for me.” Asked if he was concerned he could be lost for the series, Bradley said, “I’m taking it day by day. I don’t really know. Could be, but I’m hoping it’s not.”
CBS NBA: Brad Stevens says Avery Bradley told the staff he “heard a pop.”
Brian Robb: Bradley confirms he injured hamstring while attempting to block Teague. “It felt weird.”
Adam Himmelsbach: Avery on injury: “I took a few steps and I just couldn’t walk.”
Brian Robb: Bradley landed on Teague’s foot while defending Teague before Crowder’s 3. Limped down floor and gave foul since he couldn’t move on D.
Marc D’Amico: Smart on Bradley: “We’re going to miss Avery, but we’ve got other guys on the team who can play just as well, so they need to step up.”
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March 24, 2018 | 3:50 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Steph Curry suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee, league source tells ESPN. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks. He could return near start of playoffs. All in all, good news for the Warriors.
Thousands of people calling for changes to gun regulations and school safety are marching in every state Saturday, and while many athletes couldn’t be present due to their schedules, the March for Our Lives rallies are an important cause for players and coaches from around the country. Dwyane Wade, Bill Russell, Steve Kerr and others encouraged Americans to make their voices heard.
March 24, 2018 | 3:41 pm EDT Update
While removal of the wire should relieve irritation it was causing in Irving’s patellar tendon, the fractured patella has fully healed and Irving’s knee has been found to be completely structurally sound. Irving is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-6 weeks.