Bradley bruises collarbone, hopes to return Sunday

Bradley bruises collarbone, hopes to return Sunday
April 5, 2013, 11:30 pm
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BOSTON -- Avery Bradley gave Boston Celtics fans an injury scare when he left the game in the fourth quarter with what turned out to be a bruised left collarbone.

After undergoing season-ending double-shoulder surgery last year, the pain of being elbowed by Kyrie Irving was unsettling for Bradley and those who watched the guard walk off the court.

"It gave me (a scare) too, but I'm fine," he said, noting the collarbone bruise was not related to his shoulders.

Bradley returned to the bench later in the fourth quarter during the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-91 win. He is unsure if he will practice on Saturday but expects to play Sunday against the Washington Wizards.

"It hurts but I'll be fine," he said. "I get injured all the time. I'll be alright."

In spite of how hard he goes on the court, the reality is Bradley is still recovering each day from his shoulder procedures.

"It's still not (100 percent)," he said. "I can feel it when I sleep at night. They said it could take at least a year for me to feel good again, so it's fine. I just try not to think about it."

Still, Bradley refuses to let the lingering side effects hold him back. He maintained his upper body strength during rehab to ensure he wouldn't have to adjust his game and become dependent on his lower body.

The 22-year-old is also disciplined with his exercises and receives treatment if necessary.

"On defense people are going to run into you, you're going to do screens, you just can't think about it," he said.

Putting the pain out of his mind helps him to put everything he has on the court.