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Dwyane Wade is probably one of the best blocking shooting guards in the league, so when he was hammered by Avery Bradley during an April 1 Boston beating the Celtics laid on the Heat, fans noticed.
The defensive-minded shooting guard was one of the Celtics’ brightest shining stars, next to Rajon Rondo and occasionally Brandon Bass. Like all journeys, there has to be a trial to shake up progress. Bradley’s trial came when he was fouled by Jrue Holiday and his shoulder popped out for the third time this past postseason.
He was a fighter as he attempted to push through the pain, but surgery became unavoidable to right the wrongs in his shoulders for the betterment of his career in the league.
Bradley’s season was ended as the Celtics fought through a competitive three games against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, a series in which they could have used Bradley’s agility and athleticism on the wing.
With his two shoulder surgeries in the past, the timetable on his return is still quite vague, according to CBS Sports.
Asked when Bradley would again be able to play, coach Doc Rivers said, "It could be early in the season, it could be mid-December. We're just not sure."
Bradley’s recovery time is a likely candidate in the reason as to why the Celtics are so fervently pursuing Courtney Lee in free agency. His addition would be an upgrade in light of Bradley’s absence, but it may also put an asterisk on Bradley’s playing time when he returns.
After winning the starting role from Ray Allen, after the veteran sustained an ankle injury, Bradley graced Boston’s starting lineup with a competitive edge and explosiveness Allen was not able to display anymore.
Lee may push Bradley to the back burner regardless of how soon he returns to basketball activities, so it will be important to watch Bradley’s road to recovery this summer.