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.”
Brian Robb: Bradley confirms he injured hamstring while attempting to block Teague. "It felt weird."
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.
May 26, 2022 | 5:20 pm EDT Update
Ergin Ataman: “Like Messi’s transfer to France, like Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer to different teams. We are doing everything we can to prevent this from happening. Our relations with Larkin as a club are very good. I think he likes the club and Istanbul very much, but ultimately the decision will be made by the player himself. As for Vasilije Micic’s situation, I think his contract has an NBA exit until July 20. Micic can’t play for any other club in Europe for 3 years, we signed the contract last season. He might consider it if he gets a big offer from the NBA. I think Micic enjoyed playing in Europe. The time will tell. Frankly, I think Micic will continue with us. I think he will be with us next season as well. There is not much we can do about it. I mean, he has a very good contract, but if there is a big offer from the NBA, we will try to fill his place. We want to continue with both players.”
Ergin Ataman was a guest on Turkish television and, among other things, he talked about whether Shane Larkin and Vasilije Micic will continue with the team, the potential addition of Will Clyburn, as well as if this Efes squad could be considered the best in Euroleague history. “Shane Larkin is very happy here. Larkin reached the peak of his career in Anadolu Efes, becoming one of the 2 to 3 best players in Europe, sometimes even the best. He broke the record in Europe. Won two championships in a row. The family atmosphere in Anadolu Efes must have affected him as well, but after all, he is a professional. Of course, there are serious offers for him. After all, free agents in Europe are clear today. Of course, we really want Larkin to continue with us. Let’s hope this will work out in a positive way, but if it doesn’t, there may be some flash transfers as a result,” he said and compared it to stellar transfers in soccer.
Andrew Lopez: Pelicans say Zion Williamson has been cleared in his return to play progression without any restrictions. Recent imaging showed continued improvement of the bone healing in his right fifth metatarsal.
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David Roddy on improvement shooting from perimeter: I attribute it to my confidence as well as just trusting the work I put in. It was a multi-year process so having certain games where I would catch fire was a sigh of relief my junior year. After that, my confidence just skyrocketed and I understood that my hard work was paying off and I could have fun with it.