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Report: Celtics Avery Bradley to have surgery Friday

Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Avery Bradley

Boston Celtics’ Avery Bradley, center, shoots between Philadelphia 76ers’ Elton Brand, left, and Spencer Hawes in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


If you need surgery, and there is a four-month recovery you need to get through, you don’t put it off.

Boston guard Avery Bradley is to undergo surgery Friday to repair his injured left shoulder, tweets Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. That has been confirmed by Doc Rivers. So no, he’s probably not available for Game 7 Saturday.

The decision is not a surprise but it came up quickly. Bradley’s defense with the first unit will certainly be missed, without him Jrue Holiday (and at moments Evan Turner) got into the middle of the Celtics defense and was the reason the Sixers won Game 6 and forced a deciding game on Saturday.

There is about a four month recovery time for this surgery, which would bring Bradley back right before the start of training camp next fall.