Bradley 'doubtful' vs. Pistons

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Bradley 'doubtful' vs. Pistons

WALTHAM -- Celtics guard Avery Bradley will travel with the team to Detroit but is "doubtful" for Sunday's game against the Pistons, according to Doc Rivers.

Bradley suffered sore ribs during Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Hornets and did not play Friday against the Chicago Bulls.

"I think he's going to get another x-ray because he didn't improve," Rivers said before practice on Saturday. "I think he's there now getting an x-ray. They just want to make sure they're not cracked or something like that. I think the x-rays showed it wasn't, but maybe do a deeper one just to make sure."

A team official later announced those x-rays came back negative.

Bradley made his season debut on January 2 after rehabbing from double shoulder surgery. Eight games later, he was back on the sidelines.

While Rivers would prefer to have Bradley in the lineup, he understands injuries are part of the game for an athletes who competes so physically.

"He just plays hard and guys like that are going to get injured," said Rivers. "That's fine by me, it really is. I want him to play the way he plays. He'll probably get better at it as his career goes on, and have less and less. But (Anderson) Varejao gets hurt all the time, he plays hard. There's a group of guys. Delonte (West),  Kirk Hirnich is one of those guys. He's always in the scrum. But you can't do without those guys, either, and what they do is really important for your team so you would never tell them not to."

Bradley is averaging 8.1 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. The Celtics went on a six-game winning streak during his first eight games back.

Watch live stream online of the Celtics Green vs White scrimmage

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Watch live stream online of the Celtics Green vs White scrimmage

Tonight at 7:00pm on CSN and CSNNE.com, the Boston Celtics play their annual Green vs White scrimmage at TD Garden. 

Our braodcast team of Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn, Abby Chin, Brian Scalabrine, Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely bring you all the action from the scrimmage as we get our first look at the 2016 Boston Celtics.

Also, Wyc Grousbeck and Danny Ainge are scheduled to join us during the broadcast.

Bruins ‘expect better effort’ tonight in Detroit with cuts looming

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Bruins ‘expect better effort’ tonight in Detroit with cuts looming

BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins had a pretty humbling experience hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night when they were outhustled, outworked and vastly outscored in a lopsided, 5-1 loss at TD Garden.

So, they’re clearly looking for a much crisper, cleaner and competitive result at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night for the first road exhibition game in a rematch with the Wings. Adam McQuaid had a rough night in his first preseason game as the most experienced guy on the D-men group iced that night, so he’s looking for a better performance personally and team-wide against Detroit this time around.

“It goes without saying that our last game was pretty bad from top to bottom,” said McQuaid. “There are a lot of areas to improve on. Guys were working hard at times, but the battle, and getting in on guys and battling, you have to make sure you’re on top of them when you defend quick players like that. Yesterday was a good up-tempo [practice] and guys were battling with each other, and hopefully that carries over into [the game].”

Helping matters will be a much more experienced group as the solid pairing of John-Michael Liles and Brandon Carlo will be added to the mix and Joe Morrow will be making the trip as well. Up front, Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey will be playing in their second consecutive games after generating some decent offense against Detroit. They will have 19-year-old speedy Zach Senyshyn added to their mix.

“The last game we had a bit of a hard time with our breakouts, so we worked on that a little bit,” said Spooner. “I don’t think we were very happy with how we played. The compete level, especially when he got down 4-0, I don’t think it was high enough. So we talked about, and we expect a better effort for sure.”

Young prospects Danton Heinen and Peter Cehlarik will also be in the mix with Riley Nash and Dominic Moore bringing experience down the middle of the ice. Perhaps that combined with the growing intensity in each succeeding preseason game will pull a better result out of a group facing the first cuts of training camp following the two games this weekend.