Ailing Bradley will try to play tonight vs. Pistons

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Ailing Bradley will try to play tonight vs. Pistons

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. Avery Bradley's status for tonight's game against Detroit is still up in the air, though the 6-foot-2 guard planned to participate in the team's morning shootaround.

To what extent was unclear.

One thing is clear: He's going to do whatever he can to get back on the floor, possibly as early as tonight.

"I think it's really Avery's call," said coach Doc Rivers. "It's a pain-tolerance thing. And that's a very painful injury. My guess is he's not playing, but he's going to try to work out today."

Bradley did not play in Boston's 100-99 overtime loss to Chicago on Friday because of a rib injury suffered in the C's 90-78 loss to New Orleans on Wednesday.

"It's still a little sore," Bradley said prior to this morning's shootaround. "I'll find out closer to the game if I'm going to play tonight or not."

He said the injury occurred when he took a blow from Hornets center Robin Lopez on Wednesday.

"I lost my breath, got hit in my . . . ribs, like the end of the game," Bradley recalled. "At first it hurt, but the adrenaline kept me going until I sat down on the bench and I felt it. And later on in the night, I could really feel it."

The injury is just the latest in what has been an injury-plagued career for Bradley, who is in his third season all with the Celtics, and all involving him missing some games due to an injury.

He has played in just eight games this season after missing the first 30 while recovering from surgery to both shoulders.

"Very frustrating" is how Bradley describes his latest setback.

"I already missed a lot of games this year. Not to be able to help my team is frustrating."

But the way Bradley plays to some degree makes him more susceptible to suffering injuries that can sideline him for a period of time.

While his current injuty may not necessarily fall into that category, Bradley does acknowledge that he may have to modify his game somewhat in order to stay healthier for more extended periods of time.

"Definitely, I feel as I get older I'll be able to pick my spots; be able to protect myself more so I don't get injured as much."

Teammate Jason Terry thinks Bradley doesn't need to modify is game but rather, his in-game attire.

"For him, he just has to play with padding, like Rajon Rondo," Terry said. "Ribs, shins, elbows, sleeves . . . because that's his game, going all-out. I think he should make that adjustment before he does anything else. But don't change your game; play the same way."

Added Rivers: "He'll probably be a guy that's injured. He'll miss some games but he'll get better at it and play a lot of games. He'll miss a couple games a year. But you want him to play the way he plays. That's what makes him effective."

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Hawks hold decisive edge on the boards

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Hawks hold decisive edge on the boards

BOSTON – The return of Avery Bradley was a good thing for the Boston Celtics, but it wasn’t enough for them to control the action in the first half of Monday’s game against the Hawks who took a 51-47 lead into the half.

Bradley, who had missed previous 18 games and 22 of 23, had six points in the first half on 2-for-4 shooting.

The Celtics opened the game with a 7-2 spurt and led by as many as eight points (15-7) in the first before the Hawks begin to cut into Boston’s lead and eventually take their first lead of the night following a 3-point play by Paul Millsap with 4:20 to play in the quarter which put them ahead 18-15 as part of an 11-0 run.

Boston would regain the lead before both teams went into the second quarter tied at 24.

The second quarter saw Boston hit one of those scoring lulls that they go through from time to time.

But unlike last night’s win at Detroit when they went nearly four minutes without scoring, Atlanta’s offense did a much better job of taking advantage of Boston’s struggles.

Atlanta went on a 9-2 spurt in the second quarter capped off by a Kent Bazemore lay-up that put the Hawks ahead 35-31.

Boston rallied soon after with Bradley leading the charge.

Bradley drained a 3-pointer that cut Atlanta’s lead to 35-34.

A defensive stop by Boston led the way for an Isaiah Thomas lay-up that put the Celtics back on top, leading to the Hawks calling a time-out with 6:18to play in the half.

Atlanta tightened up defensively, doing just enough to go into the half with a four-point lead.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks.

 

STARS

Dennis Schroder

He really came out and set the tone for the Hawks, scoring eight of his 10 first-half points in the first quarter.

Isaiah Thomas

Atlanta did a nice job of blitzing Thomas and forcing him to pass the ball. But Thomas is a professional scorer so you knew it was a matter of time before he got going offensively. He led the Celtics with nine points at the half, in addition to dishing out five assists while also grabbing five rebounds.

Dwight Howard

The Celtics simply could not keep him from dominating play around the rim. He led all scorers at the half with 12 points while grabbing eight rebounds.

 

STUDS

Marcus Smart

When the offense seemed to stall, it was Smart who kept the Celtics within striking distance in the second quarter. He had seven points at the half along with three rebounds and an assist.

Paul Millsap

He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (he missed six of his seven shots), but his presence was felt. He had five points at the half along with nine rebounds.

 

DUDS

Celtics rebounding

It really is an adventure when it comes to the Boston Celtics and rebounding the ball. Tonight, they have not been very good, with the Hawks holding a decisive 32-21 rebounding edge which has allowed them to hold a 28-14 advantage in points in the paint, an 8-2 edge on second-chance points in addition to leading the fast break points game, 7-4.

Report: Celtics still 'very much' in the running for Andrew Bogut

Report: Celtics still 'very much' in the running for Andrew Bogut

Just when it appeared Andrew Bogut was heading to Cleveland, a source has told Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe that the reports are "innacurate."

According to Himmelsbach, the Celtics are "very much" in the running and Bogut is "hoping to speak to a few Celtics players over the phone on Tuesday to get a gauge on how he might fit with their team."

The Dallas Mavericks traded Bogut to the Philadelphia 76ers at the deadline for big man Nerlens Noel.