Bradley: Return highly doubtful before All-Star break

Bradley: Return highly doubtful before All-Star break
February 10, 2014, 7:00 pm
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The sprained right ankle injury suffered by Avery Bradley will keep him sidelined once again tonight - and possibly longer - according to the 6-foot-2 guard.

In fact, Bradley doesn't expect to return to the floor until after the All-Star break.

"Highly doubt I'm gonna play the next two games," he told reporters prior to Boston's game at Milwaukee on Monday. "I'm just gonna try to see how it feels after All-Star break. I've just been trying to play through it. Play through the pain; just go out there and do whatever I can do. But obviously, it's affecting me. So I'm just going to take a break."

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Bradley, who will be out for the seventh time in Boston's last 10 games, will be re-evaluated on Tuesday and likely be given a second MRI.

Bradley said the first MRI showed the injury was an ankle sprain and a bone bruise.

Bradley initially suffered the injury against Miami on Jan. 21. After sitting out five games, he returned to the floor and played in two games. He appeared to have re-aggravated it against Philadelphia on Feb. 5 and missed the following game on Feb. 7 against Sacramento.

"I don't know if it was just something that added to the discomfort and it's gonna take another day or two to get better," Stevens told reporters prior to Monday night's game. "Or if it's more significant than that. They're (Celtics doctors) going to go back and make sure."

He played on Sunday against Dallas, but was 2-for-13 shooting while playing just 19 minutes.

In addition to Bradley, the Celtics will also be without Rajon Rondo (rest) who has yet to be cleared to play in in back-to-back games. Phil Pressey, whose father Paul starred at Milwaukee, will get the start in the backcourt along with Gerald Wallace at shooting guard.

The Bucks have a number of players - Caron Butler (ankle), Ersan Ilyasova (back), O.J. Mayo (illness/conditioning) and Larry Sanders (eye) - out as well.