PHILADELPHIA If the Boston Celtics are to close out their best-of-seven series tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers, they'll have to do it without their defensive ace Avery Bradley.
The 6-foot-2 guard is still nursing a left shoulder injury that's expected to keep him sidelined for the second straight game.
Rivers said Bradley's "a little better," but added, "not much."
"I don't think he'll play tonight," Rivers said. "He won't do anything at shoot-around, for sure."
Bradley's left shoulder injury has been an issue all season, and it has not made the kind of progress he or the Celtics would have liked to have seen by now.
Although Bradley wouldn't classify his injury as getting worse, the fact that he's not able to play on it and now he's having problems with the right shoulder, speaks to how the pain and serious nature of his injury has indeed been heightened.
"I'm just trying to get them stronger," Bradley said of his shoulders. "As of now, I'm not going to be playing (in Game 6)."
Look for Ray Allen to start again in Bradley's absence, with Keyon Dooling playing a more prominent role off the Celtics bench.