Bradley (shoulder) expected to miss Game 6

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Bradley (shoulder) expected to miss Game 6

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.

Benintendi leaves Wednesday's game with knee sprain

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Benintendi leaves Wednesday's game with knee sprain

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi left Wednesday's game with a knee sprain and will be further evaluated Thursday.

Benintendi was on second base in the seventh inning, with teammate Travis Shaw on third. The Tampa Rays pulled the infield in, and with no out, Dustin Pedroia hit a grounder to short.

Initially, Benintendi was intent on getting to third, but with the infield in, Shaw didn't break from third. That forced Benintendi to head back to second. Tampa shortstop Matt Duffy chased him back to the bag and tagged him out. As he attempted elude the tag, Benintendi's left leg buckled underneath him.

He fell to the ground and got up very gingerly. Benintendi was helped off the field by two members of the training staff, unable to put any weight on the left leg.

Only two nights earlier, Benintendi had made one of the best catches of the season when he leaped above the wall in left to prevent a two-run homer by Rays outfielder Steve Souza Jr.

Benintendi was 1-for-3 with a double Wednesday and is hitting .324 after being promoted from Double A to the big leagues three weeks ago.

 

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