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Avery Bradley Injury: Updates on Celtics Guard's Leg and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) points upward after scoring against the Miami Heat in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) is in background. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Elise Amendola/Associated Press

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley exited against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 10 after suffering a bruised lower left leg and missed the team's next two games. However, he is ready for a return.

Continue for updates.


Bradley Will Play vs. Thunder

Sunday, Nov. 15

Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters Bradley "is going to give it a go" against Oklahoma City.


Stevens Comments on Bradley's Injury

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Stevens said Bradley is "doing better this morning than last night" after being kicked in the calf in Tuesday's game, per Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio.


How Bradley's Return Impacts Celtics 

Coming into tonight, Bradley was averaging 12.4 points, three rebounds and 2.6 assists while shooting 40 percent from the floor. 

The Celtics selected Bradley with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2010 draft, but durability has been a concern throughout his career. Although he played in 77 games last season, he never appeared in more than 64 games in a single campaign before that.

He is part of the wing rotation on a team that made the playoffs last season and entered the 2015-16 campaign with similar postseason expectations. He averaged 13.9 points a game in 2014-15 and can stretch the floor with his three-point shooting ability.

However, his best attribute is his perimeter defense. According to NBA.com, Bradley held opponents to 2.4 percent worse shooting from beyond 15 feet than their normal averages last season. He is often asked to shut down one of the opponent’s best ball-handlers or shooters, and his presence on that end of the floor will be welcomed.

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