Blakely on Celtics second half and trade deadline


Blakely on Celtics second half and trade deadline

A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper are at the All-Star Game in Houston, where Kevin Garnett will play in his "last" one.

But after the game it'll be back to business for the Green and White, and Blakely has your preview.

The C's kick things off with a road trip out west, starting with Denver and then the Lakers. So what does Blakely expect to see?

"I'm looking for them to be as consistent as they have been the last couple weeks," Blakely said. "And certainly the first two teams are really going to challenge that. You're talking about two teams that they recently played during their winning streak and those teams are obviously going to make adjustments. It'll be interesting to see how the Celtics handle those adjustments and if they can continue to play really good basketball."

The two discuss the undermanned C's in more depth, including what - if anything - they can do before the trade deadline to improve the team.

Check out the video.

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Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.