Celtics' Wilcox sits out practice; Sixers' Bynum to miss time


Celtics' Wilcox sits out practice; Sixers' Bynum to miss time

WALTHAM -- News surfaced out of Philadelphia 76ers camp today that their new big man Andrew Bynum is going to be shut down for three weeks as he is still feeling some discomfort after offseason knee surgery.

The Celtics have been fortunate to not have any serious injury news like this already in camp.

Aside from Avery Bradley's offseason surgery, and the expected news that he would miss some time in the beginning of the season, the Celtics appear relatively healthy going forward.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers did say that Chris Wilcox would sit out Monday's practice, although he didn't sound concerned.

"Chris is going to sit out today; took a pretty good hit," Rivers said. "Theres no other reason than that."

It's unclear what exactly is bothering Wilcox, but we'll keep an eye on him this week.

As for Bynum, here's a brief report from the Sixers official website:
Today, the Sixers announced that center Andrew Bynum will be withheld from basketball activities for the next 21 days in order to maximize the therapeutic effects of the non-invasive Orthokine therapy that both of his knees underwent last month.He was recently examined by Dr. Jack McPhilemy of Main Line Health and diagnosed with a bone bruise of the medial femoral chondyle on his right knee.

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

WALTHAM, Mass. – As the final horn blew in Boston’s 108-98 win over Charlotte on Monday night, the game was a win-win kind of night for Avery Bradley.

The Celtics (26-15) continue rolling over opponents at the TD Garden, and he played a relatively pain-free 33 minutes in the win.

It was Bradley’s first game back after missing the previous four with a strained right Achilles injury.

And the fact that he was back on the practice floor on Tuesday (be it a light practice, mind you), bodes well for his injury being a thing of the past now.

“I felt good. It wasn’t sore at all in the game,” Bradley said. “I felt I was moving good. After the game I was a little sore and this morning, but otherwise I felt good.”

Despite Boston being 4-1 this season when Bradley doesn’t play, he has immense value to this Celtics team at both ends of the floor.

Offensively he has been Boston’s second-leading scorer most of this season and currently averages a career-high 17.7 points per game along with 6.9 rebounds which is also a career high.

And defensively, Bradley is coming off a season in which he was named to the NBA’s all-Defensive First Team for the first time.

Any questions or concerns about the Achilles affecting his play defensively were put to rest Monday night when he put the defensive clamps on Nicolas Batum who missed nine of his 11 shots from the field while primarily being guarded by Bradley.

Now his offense, that’s another story.

Bradley failed to reach double digits scoring for the first time this season as he missed seven of his nine shots on Monday to finish with just five points.

But part of that had to do with Bradley passing up shots he normally takes, as well as him missing some he normally knocks down.

Considering his lay-off and the rhythm his teammates have been in shooting the ball in his absence, Bradley wisely decided to get his defensive bearings on track and gradually bring his offensive game around. 

“I have to get my (shooting) rhythm back,” said Bradley who is making a career-best 40.9 percent of his 3-pointers this season. “I’m fine. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”