Barry Jackson: Source confirms Avery Bradley given 3 to 4 week timeline on calf, as Shams noted. So beyond starting 5, bench for now is Dragic, Iguodala, Achiuwa and then some combo of Nunn (seems likely), Strus, Vincent. ... Harkless still out.
Shams Charania: Tough injury news for the Heat: Guard Avery Bradley will miss 3-to-4 weeks with a strained right calf, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium .
Ira Winderman: Harkless, Leonard and Silva again out for Monday vs. Hornet. Herro, Dragic, Bradley are questionable. Iguodala and Vincent are probable.
Shams Charania: X-rays returned negative on Lakers guard Avery Bradley’s right ankle sprain, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said Avery Bradley was hoping to come back into the game tonight after the ankle sprain, but he was “Limping pretty significantly,” and they’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow.
Mike Trudell: Avery Bradley will make his return tonight in Orlando, and it will be off the bench on a 15-minute restriction. KCP will start.
Brad Turner: Avery Bradley worked out again today with Lakers in Orlando and will play against the Magic Wednesday, per source. He will be on about a 20 minutes restriction. Bradley had been out with a hairline fracture in his lower right leg.
Harrison Faigen: Frank Vogel said that Avery Bradley did some 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 work today. He's still out tonight, but Frank Vogel said "if things progress, we're hoping to have him back on this trip at some point."
Dave McMenamin: Avery Bradley has been cleared for full contact after having the hairline fracture in his right leg re-evaluated today. He is out tomorrow vs. MIN and is considered day to day after that, per the Lakers.
The Lakers said guard Avery Bradley (hairline fracture right leg) saw a doctor Saturday and was cleared to begin basketball progression. Bradley won’t play Sunday against Dallas or during the upcoming three-game trip. He will be re-evaluated again next weekend. Kyle Kuzma didn’t practice Saturday because of a mild left ankle sprain and is questionable for the Mavericks game.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Avery Bradley is cleared for basketball progression but he will not play in the upcoming road trip. He will be re-evaluated after the trip next week.
Harrison Faigen: Avery Bradley will be re-evaluated the day after Thanksgiving when the Lakers return from their road trip. Alex Caruso has a right calf strain and is probable for Friday.
An MRI last night revealed a hairline fracture in a non-weight bearing bone of Avery Bradley’s right leg (on the fibular head). Bradley will be re-evaluated in 1 to 2 weeks, and further medical updates will be provided at that time.
Brad Turner: Frank Vogel said Avery Bradley is playing for Lakers tonight vs Miami. Bradley missed Chicago game with bruised lower right leg
Memphis Grizzlies guard Avery Bradley will miss at least a week because of a bruised shin. The Grizzlies announced Wednesday that the condition of Bradley's shin was revealed after their 135-128 loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday. Bradley collected 21 points and five assists in that game. The Grizzlies said Bradley will be evaluated again in a week.
Andrew Greif: Doc Rivers said he didn’t believe Avery Bradley suffered any setback with his right knee against the Lakers.
Mike Trudell: Doc Rivers said he doubts Avery Bradley (sore knee) will play tonight. Danilo Gallinari is also out.
Andrew Greif: Danilo Gallinari will not play tonight. Sick, Doc says. Avery Bradley will play and make it a three-guard starting lineup.
Mirjam Swanson: FYI Clippers fans: When you tune in in a bit, Avery Bradley (left ankle sprain) and Luc Mbah a Moute (sore left knee) are still out.
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.
Andrew Greif: Doc Rivers says Avery Bradley (ankle) is “running pretty well” and might be back within a couple games.
Mirjam Swanson: Clippers' injury report going into Saturday's game vs. Milwaukee: Avery Bradley (left ankle sprain) and Luc Mbah a Moute (sore left knee) both questionable. Bradley has been out for two consecutive games, Mbah a Moute for seven.
Mirjam Swanson: Doc Rivers says Avery Bradley (ankle) and Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) will miss Thursday's game at Portland. #Clippers
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.
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
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."
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.
June 23, 2021 | 9:04 am EDT Update
While McMillan is the team’s “interim’’ head coach, sources made it abundantly clear Hawks management would love to remove the interim title. However, sources also said the 56-year-old McMillan has some reservations whether he wants to be the permanent head coach and may prefer some other role in the organization. Money won’t factor into McMillan’s decision as he is financially set, sources said.
The 24-year-old is just fearless, and it’s that kind of bravado that has everything to do with the Suns taking these two games without Chris Paul while he continues to go through COVID protocol. Beverley bothered him defensively, but Booker never backed down. I asked him afterward if their back-and-forth was good, old-fashioned playoff basketball, or if perhaps Beverley and the Clippers were going too far with the physicality. “That’s for you guys to decide,” he said. “They’re an aggressive team. That’s how they guard. All those guys, they’re athletic. Watching the previous series against Dallas and Utah, (they’re) switching everything and trying to turn teams over. But we’re figuring it out and we try to stay aggressive, stay with what we do and whether it’s basketball plays or not, we’ve got to move on to the next one.”
“CP has taken Cam Payne under his wing,” he said. “When you see Cam Payne coming into practice with Chris Paul, you’re wondering, you know — Chris Paul is usually the one here early and you see Cam Payne right behind him and you tend to ask questions, them two been together watching film, lifting weights together stuff like that. You could tell that Cam really took a different approach to a whole other level and he did it right in front of our eyes. Like I said, he was bound to have one of these games and he’s a guy who keeps it consistent. He plays hard both ends of the ball, and I just love his passion.”
“We want everybody to cherish this moment because we are built for this,” Antetokounmpo said. “That’s why we are here. No matter the pressure, no matter what’s going on, we are built for this. We believe in who we are. No matter what happens, win or lose, we’ll stay together and we’re just going to go out there and compete.” Antetokounmpo delivered for the Bucks in the series finale against the Nets with 40 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. For the series, he averaged 28.8 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists.
Against Brooklyn, Antetokounmpo averaged 40.1 minutes per game, the most he has averaged in any series and by far the most he has averaged since Budenholzer became coach in 2018. Antetokounmpo played 50 of 53 minutes in Game 7. “I’ve prepared my body all year for moments like that, being able to play 40 minutes, 42, 45, 48, whatever it may be, 53,” he said. “(Budenholzer) knows the way I am. If I get tired I’m going to let him know. If I get tired and I need a 30-second break or a minute-break, usually we have a great way to communicate about that – that he can pull me out and put me right back.”
Two people who have played important roles behind the scenes for the Hawks are Larry Riley and Mike McNeive. Riley, once an assistant coach and scout for the Bucks, is a senior advisor to Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk. Before joining the Hawks, Riley played a major role in the enormous success of the Golden State Warriors as be drafted Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson while being the team’s general manager. McNeive, who worked as an advance scout and assistant coach for the Bucks during the George Karl regime, is the Hawks director of basketball operations.
June 23, 2021 | 5:32 am EDT Update
Sullivan is the author of “Can’t Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the Brooklyn Nets’ Superstars of Tomorrow,” which released on Tuesday. In a conversation with our friends from Celtics Wire on their podcast, Celtics Lab, Sullivan said that Nets ownership was unhappy with Irving over his midseason “pause,” and that Irving could be available for the right offer.
Matt Sullivan: “Let me give you guys a little news, I’m not sure that’s been out there. I’ve heard that Nets ownership was quite upset with Kyrie’s ‘pause,’ especially that maskless party that turned his psuedo-paternity leave into more like a COVID suspension. And in the last week I’ve heard rumblings – whispers, really, because cracking the Nets is kind of like breaking into the Kremlin, that Brooklyn GM Sean Marks would maybe, possibly, apparently be willing to at least listen to a trade offer for Kyrie this offseason. Now, I’m not sure what the market for Kyrie is at this point. It’s not like Ben Simmons giving you the headache on the court. It’s that complex personality that comes from off the court. I think it’s been annoying some people in the franchise. I can’t speak to his teammates, who obviously want to play with one of the world’s best and get him back there.”