Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley did not travel with the team and will miss the next few games due to an Achilles injury.
There will be no Avery Bradley for at least the next couple weeks. Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens confirmed Tuesday night that the guard did not travel with the team as they begin a four-game road trip.
Bradley has been nursing a lingering straight right Achilles and could be out until the All-Star break. If he is able to return anytime before the break, Stevens says it will be a surprise.
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"“He’s had a couple of moments where it’s been two steps forward and a step back,” Stevens said via Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe. “Still structurally all good. The MRIs and scans and everything have looked good all along. Just obviously a strain and something that like we said earlier, it’s gonna be a progression to get back.”"
Stevens added that he initially thought Bradley would join the team on the trip, but after the team doctor and training staff met with him, the decision was made to keep him back.
Bradley has missed 13 of the last 14 games due to the injury and at times his defense has been missed. With rookie Jaylen Brown stepping in and playing nicely, the Celtics have adjusted to life without Bradley and have ripped off seven consecutive victories.
Notes & quotes
No DeMarcus Cousins: The Celtics will aim for their eighth consecutive victory Wednesday night against the Sacramento Kings.
Boston will have an easier task in accomplishing that goal because the team will not have to face DeMarcus Cousins. The dominate low-post player will be servicing a suspension which should give the Celtics and advantage in the game.
Without Cousins, the Kings will look to go small and play fast which may play into the Celtics hands. The Celtics enter the game just 2 ½ games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.
Brad Stevens on Patriots Super Bowl comeback via Celtics.com:
"“It was amazing – that fourth quarter and overtime. We’ve all been in games where comebacks occur, and you’ve been on the good end of it and the bad end of it. But you had the sense that if they had the ball enough times they weren’t going to lose.“It was fun to watch and it’s really cool to see what they’ve been able to put together over there. And obviously when you’ve got an all-time great in Brady, and Belichick with what he’s been able to do, it’s just a special culture and winning program over there.”"
Isaiah Thomas on historic Super Bowl comeback via Celtics.com:
"“It was unbelievable. That was probably the best game I’ve ever seen.”"
The Boston Celtics will next travel to Sacramento to take on the Kings Wednesday night.