Stevens addresses status of Celtics injuries

Stevens addresses status of Celtics injuries
February 28, 2014, 3:15 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — Lately, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has spent about as much time talking about the Celtics who aren't playing, as the ones who will actually suit up for him.

Indeed, injuries have become a way of life for the Celtics with Gerald Wallace (torn meniscus, bone spurs) the latest injury bug victim. However, Stevens does see some glimmers of hope in Boston's future on the health front.

Starting shooting guard Avery Bradley has missed the last seven games (and 13 of 16) for Boston with a sprained ankle that has improved but not enough to where he can return to the court.

"Avery is feeling a lot better," said Stevens, who added that Bradley would be re-evaluated sometime next week. "We anticipate good news in the very near future which is great."

The injury news isn't quite as rosy for Vitor Faverani whose left knee is still giving him problems. Stevens said it continues to have swelling.

"He got a second opinion (Thursday)," said Stevens, who added that the 6-11 rookie may also have surgery.

"Not a long-term thing, but just to get in there and see it better," Stevens said.

In addition to Bradley and Faverani, the Celtics will also be without Kelly Olynyk who is still on the mend from a toe injury. Olynyk is expected to return for Wednesday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

The Celtics are also hopeful they'll have Jared Sullinger (concussion) back in the lineup.

Sullinger, who averages 13.1 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game this season, has been out for Boston's last three games.

He suffered the concussion after taking a blow from Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Kaman in the fourth quarter of Boston's 101-92 loss on Feb. 21.

"Clearly doing a lot better, cleared to practice full and that's the way these things go," Stevens said of Sullinger. "Each progression you take, each step that you take, you see how your body reacts to the next day."