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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.
Marc D'Amico: Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play tonight, says Brad Stevens. #NEBHInjuryReport
Nick Friedell: Brad Stevens says Avery Bradley and Jaylen Brown are out tonight. Gerald Green is questionable with a bruised heel.
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."
Sean Grande: Avery Bradley officially out. The Celtics have now had their “core four” (Thomas, Bradley, Crowder Horford) for just 22 of 49 games.
A. Sherrod Blakely: Al Horford (groin) back in starting lineup tonight for the @Celtics. Avery Bradley still out, may be back for Wednesday game.
Adam Himmelsbach: Brad Stevens reiterates that Avery Bradley will be out all week. Gerald Green will miss Wiz game because he's sick.
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.
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
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.
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Suns GM believes Deandre Ayton will be back

Jones told Burns & Gambo on Wednesday that he believes Deandre Ayton will be back with the Suns next season. “Deandre had an amazing season and he’s progressed every year and improved every year,” the GM said. “He’s been here and so he’s a big part of what we do. His future with us is something we will address at the proper time which is in the future. He’s a free agent and I’ve said all along, he’s about the same things we’re about which is winning. We’ll address it at the proper time.”
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On possible supermax deal for Devin Booker and rookie extension for Cam Johnson. If Booker makes All-NBA this year, he’ll be eligible for a four-year deal worth $211 million while Johnson is up for a rookie extension heading into his fourth NBA season: James Jones: “That’s a part of the business. As your team improves, typically your payroll increases. We’re focused on improving the team and those guys, they deserve the credit. They deserve the accolades and the financial rewards that come with being good players and productive players. It doesn’t preclude us from doing anything. We’re not talking about a luxury tax issues or avoiding those things. That’s not something that’s going to prevent us from continuing to build this team and keep this team together.”
“Had a great year, just one of those nights,” said O’Neal as Ayton finished in Sunday’s Game 7 against Dallas with a career playoff-low five points on 2-of-5 shooting. “Phoenix had a great year, just one of those nights. This is a classy organization. This is a classy team. Can’t say bad things about them. They played hard. Again, even great players have one of those nights.”   O’Neal, and fellow TNT NBA analysts Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley discussed Ayton’s future with the Suns after the top overall seed was eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in Sunday’s Game 7 in Phoenix. “You’ve got to re-sign Ayton,” Barkley said.
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“(McGee) played well, he was a great addition to the team, but it all hinges on Deandre Ayton,” Barkley said. “It’s him and Booker. They are the guys going forward. Chris is going to be 38 (years old). He’s going to get the ball to the right person, but it’s time for Booker and Ayton. You can’t have a bad game like they did. Chris, he had a tough night, but Ayton and Booker, they’ve got to play well.”

Warriors crush Mavericks to take 1-0 lead in Western Finals

Once Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson slowed down, caught their breath and stopped rushing shots, the Splash Brothers got on a roll that proved too much for Dallas to stop. Especially because Andrew Wiggins worked end to end to make sure Luka Doncic couldn’t get going. Curry had 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Golden State held Doncic in check and the Warriors beat the Mavericks 112-87 on Wednesday night for a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. “Just make him work, that was the main thing,” Wiggins said.
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Doncic scored 20 points but shot just 6 for 18 and 3 of 10 from deep. He made back-to-back 3-pointers late in the first half to get his team within 54-45 at the break, but Curry and Thompson heated up and helped the Warriors pull away in the second half. “A great job. That’s it,” Doncic said. “They did a great job.” Jalen Brunson scored 14 points but missed all five of his 3s for the surprising Mavs, who stunned the top-seeded Suns in a 123-90 thumping in Game 7 on Sunday in Phoenix.
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“They did a really good job. Wiggins picking him up full court,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “They went box-and-one, they went zone. We understood coming into the series that we were going to see that. We’ll go back and look at the video and see what we can do better.” Stopping Doncic, who was averaging 31.5 points in the playoffs, is the tall task this time after the Warriors already handled two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver in the first round, then Ja Morant early last series before his knee injury. “I thought Wiggs was fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Doncic is as difficult a cover as there is in this league. … It’s important to make him work. He’s so good. Any great player in the league you’re trying to limit the damage that they do.”
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