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Celtics Avery Bradley likely out for rest of playoffs

Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 18: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics comforts teammate Avery Bradley #0 as he winces in pain during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 18, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Sixers won 92-83. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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Boston really missed Avery Bradley’s defense in Game 6. Jrue Holiday was getting into the paint at will and breaking down the Celtics defense, Evan Turner made some big plays, and Bradley’s replacement in the starting lineup Ray Allen picked up six fouls.

Well the Celtics are going to have to figure out how to get by without Bradley for Game 7 against the 76ers Saturday. And beyond that if they win.

Bradley is likely done for the playoffs, something first reported by the Boston Globe and followed up by A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com.

Bradley indicated Wednesday morning that the shoulder injuries that have sidelined him the past two games - that includes Wednesday’s 82-75 Game Six loss to Philadelphia - are not showing significant improvement.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Bradley said. “All I can do is keep trying to get stronger, keep improving for my team. That’s all I’m gonna do.”


No Bradley is going to make it harder for the Celtics to win Game 7, although coach Doc Rivers talked about Boston being a “no excuses” team. If they do win, on the other side is Dwyane Wade and the Heat or the Pacers with Danny Granger and Darren Collison. They will really miss Bradley then.

But first, the Celtics have to win Game 7 without Bradley.