Bradley (shoulder) out for Game 5, Allen to start

Bradley (shoulder) out for Game 5, Allen to start
May 21, 2012, 10:13 pm
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Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee have stepped up their games in the absence of Rajon Rondo.

(USA Today Sports)

BOSTON -- Avery Bradley (shoulder) will not play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Ray Allen will start in his place.

Prior to the game, Doc Rivers said Bradley hurt both shoulders (he previously dislocated his left, his right is also bothering him). The Celtics are taking a game-to-game approach with him.

Allen, who is also battling an injury, will return to the starting lineup for the first time since April 4. After suffering an ankle injury in March, he transitioned to the bench and Bradley moved into the starting five.

"I never really played too much into it," Allen told of coming off the bench. "It's like trying to find a way to attack the game when you're out there. That's all I've been trying to see how I can affect the game and seeing it from the bench angle early. When you start the game, you kind of start it in the fire and you've got to make things happen. You just have a perspective coming off the bench."

He added, "Starting doesn't really mean that you're getting a rhythm, Rhythm means being in the flow, getting a couple easy touches early. You could do that coming off the bench, you could do that starting. It's just how well you're playing."