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Bradley, Green and Jackson to miss Celtics' game Tuesday against Wizards

Bradley, Green and Jackson to miss Celtics' game Tuesday against Wizards

WALTHAM -- The team flight to Washington for tomorrow night's game against the Wizards will be a little lighter than the Celtics would like. 
 
Boston continues to be cautious with Avery Bradley and his right Achilles strain injury. Coach Brad Stevens confirmed that the 6-foot-2 guard won't travel and will sit out for the seventh time in the last eight games. 

Stevens added he didn't anticipate Bradley returning to the court anytime this week, which means he's likely not to return until next week's game against Detroit on Jan. 30. 
 
Bradley won’t be the only Celtic not making the trip for health-related reasons. Gerald Green and Demetrius Jackson are both not traveling due to sickness. 
 
However, the Celtics did get a bit of good news on the health front. Jonas Jerebko and Tyler Zeller, both having missed games with sickness, will take the trip to D.C. with the rest of their teammates.

Stevens: Bradley, Zeller, Jerebko out vs. Trail Blazers

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Stevens: Bradley, Zeller, Jerebko out vs. Trail Blazers

BOSTON – Before Brad Stevens addressed the media before the Celtics faced the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday afternoon, he had to take a moment to make sure he wouldn’t forget anyone who wasn’t able to play.
 
Yeah, the list was a pretty long one.
 
Tyler Zeller, Demetrius Jackson and Jonas Jerebko will not play tonight due to sickness. And Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) will also be out with a timetable that’s starting to feel like it’ll be longer than anyone would want.
 
“I don’t anticipate Avery this week at all,” Stevens said. “He still has some soreness. Obviously we’re concerned about the long-term impact of a sore Achilles; what it means on that foot but also what it means when you compensate off it. But he’ll be back when he’s ready but I think he’s still a little bit away.”
 
Bradley, the team’s top on-the-ball defender and No. 2 scorer this season at 17.7 points per game, will be out for the sixth time in the Celtics’ last seven games because of the Achilles injury.
 
Replacing him in the starting lineup will be Marcus Smart whose status for tonight’s game wasn’t a sure thing.
 
On the Celtics’ pregame notes package, Smart was listed as probable with a sore right ankle injury. I asked Stevens about Smart’s status a few minutes ago, and he said the 6-foot-4 Smart will play tonight.
 
In his 15 starts this season, Smart has averaged 10.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 31.7 percent on 3's - all of which are better than what he produces when coming off the bench. 
 

Nader, Jackson start D-League season with strong performances

Nader, Jackson start D-League season with strong performances

BOSTON – One of the many roles Development League teams must play is to help with the growth of the NBA team’s draft picks. 

We’re only two games into the D-League season, but that truth seems to be playing out with the Boston Celtics and their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. 

The Red Claws (2-0) opened the season with a back-to-back set of games, winning both courtesy of strong performances from a pair of its draft picks last June. 

Abdel Nader, selected by Boston with the 58th overall pick in last June’s NBA draft, is the Red Claws’ top scorer at 27.5 points per game to go along with 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals.

Do not be shocked if at some point this season, the 6-foot-8 small forward gets a call-up with the Celtics. 

Nader was among the top players on Boston’s summer league teams (Salt Lake City and Las Vegas) when he averaged 10.0 points per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 44.0 percent on 3s. 

Demetrius Jackson, selected by Boston with the 45th overall pick, had a strong summer run as well which played a major role in Boston signing him to a four-year deal in which the first year is fully guaranteed and years 2-4 each partially guaranteed.

The reason he’s in the D-League is because as the Celtics roster stands now, there’s just not going to be many opportunities for him to get on the floor. 

But when that opportunity has presented itself, Jackson showed that he was indeed up to the challenge. 

The 6-foot-1 guard has appeared in two games for the Celtics, averaging 5.0 points per game while shooting 75 percent (3-for-4) from the field in just 7.4 minutes per game. 

So it’s no surprise that he has been a highly effective scorer with the Red Claws. 

In two games, Jackson is the team’s second-leading scorer at 25.5 points per game behind Nader. The 22-year-old is shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 45.5 percent on 3's while dishing out 5.5 assists.

The Red Claws’ next game is Tuesday at Rio Grande Valley and the next home game for them will be Friday against the Long Island Nets.