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Celtics’ Avery Bradley has strained hamstring, “very unlikely” for rest of Hawks series


in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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.

Kevin C. Cox

You knew it was going to be bad when Celtics coach Brad Stevens said this of Avery Bradley after Game 1, via A. Sherrod Blakeley of

“And he said on the court that he heard a pop.”

On Sunday the bad news became official.

While Bradley was scheduled for an MRI Sunday, the team didn’t need those results to make this call, reports Blakely.

The injury occurred in the fourth quarter when Bradley stepped in to challenge a Jeff Teague drive and pulls up grabbing his right hamstring. He has to be helped off the court.

The Celtics were 3.3 points per 100 possessions better when Bradley was on the court this season, and the offense, in particular, saw a big jump in production.

No Bradley means more Marcus Smart and R.J. Hunter. Boston trails Atlanta 1-0 in the best-of-seven first round series after a 102-101 Hawks win on Saturday.