Stevens 'hopeful' injured Bradley will practice on Tuesday

Stevens 'hopeful' injured Bradley will practice on Tuesday

BOSTON -- Avery Bradley has tremendous speed on the floor, but he just can’t seem to outrun the injury bug.
The 6-foot-2 guard suffered a second hip pointer injury Sunday in the Celtics' Game 4 loss to the Wizards, which tied their best-of-seven series at 2-2. It's unclear how much, if at all, it’ll impact his availability for Game 5 on Wednesday. 
Boston didn't practice on Monday, but Bradley was at the practice facility with the rest of his teammates for a film session. 
“He’s out on the court shooting now,” coach Brad Stevens said Monday afternoon via a conference call. “Kind of loosening it up. Hopefully he’ll be able to practice tomorrow.”
This recent hip injury is the latest in what has been a season filled with bumps and bruises for the veteran guard. 
Bradley wound up missing a team-high 27 games this season with illnesses and an assortment of injuries. 
He got off to a solid start for the Celtics in this series, averaging 16.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in Boston’s first two games -- both wins. 
But in the last two, both of which he played with a right hip pointer and a left hip pointer in the second half of Sunday’s game, Bradley's numbers have dipped to just six points, three rebounds and a plus/minus of -43. 
During the regular season, Bradley was one of the more reliable contributors when healthy. Appearing in 55 games, he was Boston’s No. 2 scorer at 16.3 points per game. He also averaged a career-high 6.1 rebounds.
While he will likely have some discomfort, Bradley doesn't seem to be all that concerned about his sore hips. 

“I’ll be fine,” Bradley said after the Game 4 loss. “We have two days, rehab it. I’ll be good.”

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

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'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

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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.

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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.