ATLANTA – As Avery Bradley began to get dressed following Boston’s 102-101 Game 1 loss to Atlanta, he could not fully extend far enough to reach down and pull his pants up.
Moments later he hobbled towards a whiteboard to address the media, a black crutch propped under his left arm to help keep as much pressure as possible off his right hamstring.
This was not the look of a player who would be on the floor within 72 hours.
As optimistic as Bradley is about most things, even he had to concede that his current injury may keep him out for the rest of the series.
“I’m taking it day by day. I don’t really know,” Bradley said. “It could be (season-ending), but I’m hoping it’s not. I’m focusing on it just being day-by day.”
Bradley said he will undergo an MRI on the hamstring Sunday morning to better determine the extent of the injury and how much, if any, time will he be out.
“I just want to try and get treatment and hopefully I can be back by next game,” Bradley said. “I’ll get treatment tonight, get treatment all night. My main focus is getting right for next game.”
But that appears doubtful, especially after the conversation Celtics head coach Brad Stevens had with Bradley after the injury.
“He’s very, very sore, “Stevens said. “And he said on the court that he heard a pop. I don’t know if that is something … he got hit or what. So we’ll see.”
I asked Bradley what happened on the play in which he suffered the hamstring injury.
“I think I tried to go up and block (Jeff) Teague,” Bradley said. “And I came down I felt weird. I took a few steps and I just couldn’t walk. But like I said, my main focus is to get treatments and get back as soon as possible.”
While his teammates would love to see him back on the floor on Tuesday for Game 2, they understand that his injury is not one to take lightly or rush back too soon from.
“Hamstring is nothing to play with,” said Jae Crowder. “He’s a fast type of guy, so he needs his hamstring as much as possible. I don’t know how serious it is.”