Source: Bradley (ankle) out 'at least a week'

Source: Bradley (ankle) out 'at least a week'
January 22, 2014, 2:45 pm
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WASHINGTON — The ankle sprain injury suffered by Avery Bradley on Tuesday night will keep him out of tonight's lineup for the Celtics -- and possibly longer.

Bradley suffered the right ankle sprain in the second quarter of Tuesday's 93-86 loss at Miami, and was unable to return.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told that Bradley was "definitely" out for tonight's game. Bradley's absence beyond that, Ainge said, has yet to be determined.

It's clear that the Celtics are not expecting Bradley back anytime soon, which is in part why they went out and signed Vander Blue to a 10-day contract hours after Bradley's injury.

A league source told that Bradley will likely miss "at least a week, maybe more" with the injury.

Throughout the season, Bradley has played through a series of ailments without missing any time. Staying healthy has been a challenge for Bradley throughout his career in the NBA. The most games he has appeared in during a single season, is 64. And while this injury doesn't appear to be one in which he'll be out for a significant period of time, it is indeed a blow to both Bradley and the Celtics.

If it were just him being out, Boston could reasonably manage to work around his absence. But the Celtics will also be without Jerryd Bayless, who suffered a left toe injury at Orlando on Sunday. And Bradley's backcourt mate, Rajon Rondo, is three games into his return from a torn right ACL injury. In those games, Rondo's minutes have been limited.

In addition, there's a chance that Rondo might not play tonight because he played on Tuesday and the Celtics aren't sure if they want him to play in back-to-back games just yet.