How banged up could the Boston Celtics possibly be after just seven games during the 2012-13 regular season? In short: not very.
However, it's always nice to have a complete update on the health status of players whose physical condition has recently been in question.
Look no further! Everything you need to know regarding the health of the Celtics' 15-man roster is just below, listed in order of severity of ailment.
SG Avery Bradley
Flash back to Game 5 of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers, when Bradley was last supposed to play but could not.
Until that point, Bradley had gritted his teeth and dealt with lingering shoulder issues that surely cramped his style of play. He was a major factor on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, playing so well that Ray Allen was forced from the starting lineup.
Then, some serious news struck Celtics players and fans: Bradley needed surgery to repair tears in his left shoulder. Turns out, Avery needed to have both shoulders repaired.
The second-year shooting guard received attention on his right shoulder in July, once his left was ready enough.
Losing their best perimeter defender soon caught up with the Celtics. They snuck by the Sixers in seven games but could not contain Miami's best offensive threats when it mattered most.
What happened back in the early summer of 2012 is now in the past. Yet, Bradley's recovery is still underway, and he has yet to see the hardwood this season.
Bradley is licking his chops in anticipation of his return but may still have a significant amount of time left to wait.
Here's what Avery had to say about how soon he will be ready to receive contact (via Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald):
Hopefully I’ll start doing that the beginning of December or maybe the end of this month, I’m hoping. Once I can do contact, I’ll start practicing and see how I feel. So far, that’s our game plan.
Avery's assessment reflects his eagerness to get back to the floor. His rehabilitation time after surgery is only part of his recovery; readjusting to NBA physicality will be the second step. Although he can return by the end of the calendar year, the Celtics should be extremely cautious with how they handle one of their top talents.
PG Rajon Rondo
This is recent news that spoils another Celtics win. Hopefully, Rondo's ankle will not be a lingering concern.
SF Jeff Green
Wait a second, Jeff Green is supposed to be healthy this year! His heart condition is no longer in play! What's going on?
On Monday night against the Chicago Bulls, Green sprained his ankle being aggressive on the offensive end. He had gotten off to a good start, adding four points in his first six minutes before the injury.
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Green received only nine minutes the rest of the game after that, but he did return after receiving attention on the sideline.
Basic soreness and discomfort are sure to bother Green in the immediate future. However, based on the fact that Green returned to action in the game in which he injured himself, it is safe to assume he will be active moving forward.
Even still, it is concerning to see an athletic talent like Jeff Green slowed by injury this early in the season. Boston needs their versatile mid-size man to be a key cog to its system, and is counting on him being fully healthy.
C Darko Milicic
Darko Milicic, another new Celtics face added this offseason, dealt with a lingering wrist injury at the start of the season. It caused him to miss time during the exhibition season, and he had to receive a painkilling shot at one point, but Darko is considered to be fully healthy now.
The biggest limiting factor to Milicic's minutes at this point is that he is the third, or even fourth, big man in the rotation. Sore wrist or not, don't expect to see much of Darko on the floor anytime soon. He's played only five minutes in one appearance thus far.