Avery Bradley hoping to return from injury in first game after All-Star break

Avery Bradley hoping to return from injury in first game after All-Star break

BOSTON – Wednesday’s 116-108 win over Philadelphia was what has become a pretty typical night for the Boston Celtics. 

They find a way to win without at least one of their key players in the mix. 

The right Achilles injury suffered by Avery Bradley will keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined until shortly after the All-Star break. 

Bradley, who missed his 15th straight game on Wednesday and 19th  in the last 20, said he’s targeting a return to action as soon as Toronto on Feb. 24 – the first game following the All-Star break. 

“I’m feeling really good,” Bradley said prior to Wednesday’s win. “I wish I could be back now, but I have to do whatever is smartest. At the moment, the medical staff thinks it’s smartest for me to wait until after the all-star break.”

For Bradley, watching how the team has performed since he has been out has been a mixed blessing. 

“They’ve been playing well,” Bradley said. “I don’t want to mess anything up, but I do wish I was playing, part of it; I wish I could be around the guys. Hopefully, they can continue to play that same way when I’m (back).”

When Bradley suffered the injury on Jan. 6 against the Sixers, no one – certainly not Bradley – anticipated it would keep him sidelined this long. 

“It’s been frustrating. But it’s part of the game, part of being smart,” Bradley said.

Boston understands that as important as Bradley is to their success right now, he becomes even more valuable in the playoffs. And that more than anything else, that is why his return to the floor has taken longer than most – including Bradley – anticipated. 

The Celtics want to make sure his Achilles is as close to 100 percent healthy as can be prior to him returning to action. And while he’s feeling better and doesn’t have as much soreness or irritation after workouts, Boston will continue to be cautious about him getting back on the floor. 

“I’m progressing every single day,” Bradley said. “No setbacks; that’s good.”

This season, Bradley is Boston’s No. 2 scorer, averaging a career-high 17.7 points along with 6.9 rebounds (also a career-high) and 2.4 assists while shooting a career-high 40.9 percent on 3’s.

'Big Baby' busted with 126 grams of pot, $92K in cash

AP Photo

'Big Baby' busted with 126 grams of pot, $92K in cash

Former Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis was arrested last month in a hotel room in Aberdeen, Maryland, with more than 126 grams of marijuana and more than $92,000 in cash.

Davis, 32, who played on the Celtics 2008 championship team was last in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015, was arrested Feb. 7 after the hotel owner at the Aberdeen Hampton Inn smelled marijuana coming from Davis' room, WMAR-TV in Baltimore reported.

“They recovered 126 grams of marijuana,” Aberdeen Police Lt. William Reiber told WMAR. “In addition to that, there was a briefcase that contained 92,164 dollars of U.S. currency along with a ledger that contained language which is consistent with someone involved in the sale and distribution of narcotics.”

Davis is charged with seven counts of drug possession and distribution.

Police said the strains of marijuana were from a Los Angeles wholesaler that court records show Davis told police he was in business with.

He told officers he was visiting family in Maryland. Davis' attorney told WMAR the former Celtic (2007-11) adamantly maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court next month to clear his name. 


Horford helps Celtics get back on track

USA TODAY Sports Photo

Horford helps Celtics get back on track

Aggressive Al Horford was on the floor Friday night for the Boston Celtics, a good sign for a Celtics team that has been battered by injuries. 

As the oldest member of the team, the 31-year-old’s leadership has to become more example-driven as well as existing in the spoken word.

CELTICS TALK PODCAST  - Smart's importance to C's, dissecting the East

Horford was on point for most of Friday’s 92-83 win over Orlando, a game that was far more lopsided in Boston’s favor than the final score might indicate.

The 6-foot-10 forward/center had a near double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. 

What was more telling was that Horford took a team-high 18 shots from the field, as clear a sign as you will find that Horford’s mindset on Friday was to attack Orlando’s defense early and often. 

And while it’s true that the Magic are one of the worst teams in the NBA, that doesn’t diminish the way Horford executed the plays called by head coach Brad Stevens as Horford played the role of primary scorer more often than usual, instead of being a major facilitator.

Having missed Boston’s previous two games, Horford was admittedly concerned if the lay-off might affect his conditioning. 

“Wind-wise I felt good,” Horford told reporters after Friday night’s win. “A little rusty on offense. But defensively I felt great. I felt our team came out with energy; just a good win.” 

A win that became a lot easier to get with Aggressive Al on the floor. 

 Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds in Boston’s 92-83 win over Orlando.



Terry Rozier: He continues to provide the Celtics with really solid guard play, with all-star guard Kyrie Irving (left knee soreness) missing. Rozier had a game high-tying 17 points along with seven rebounds and five assists. 

Greg Monroe: The third quarter was when Monroe really began to take over the game. He finished with 17 points, 10 of which came in the third. 

Shelvin Mack: Not a lot to cheer about for Mack and the Magic who once again struggled in so many phases of the game. But Mack still managed to score 16 points. 



Al Horford: Having missed the two previous games, Horford was back in full force on Friday. He had 15 points on 6-for-18 shooting to go with nine rebounds

Boston rebounding: The Celtics control of the glass began from the outset and never really eased up. For the game, Boston grabbed 55 rebounds compared to just 40 by Orlando. 



Fourth-quarter Celtics: The only real blemish on an otherwise impressive performance by Boston, was the team’s overall play in the fourth quarter. Boston was outscored 31-17 and turned the ball over 10 times in the quarter.