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Andrew Greif: Danilo Gallinari will not play tonight. Sick, Doc says. Avery Bradley will play and make it a three-guard starting lineup.
Andrew Greif: Avery Bradley is further along in his injury rehab than Luc Mbah a Moute, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. Bradley “looked good” in practice and worked out today as well but won’t play tonight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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