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Bradley still ailing, will miss Tuesday's game against Raptors

Bradley still ailing, will miss Tuesday's game against Raptors

WALTHAM -- Tuesday’s game against Toronto ranks among the biggest mile-marker-like games on the Celtics' schedule. 
 
And like so many of their big matchups this season, they’ll go into it without one of their key players. 
 
The right Achilles injury that kept Avery Bradley out of Saturday’s 117-108 win over New Orleans will keep him sidelined Tuesday night, as well. All indications at this point are that the earliest Bradley will return to the floor will be Wednesday against the Washington Wizards.
 
“He felt a lot better after treatment yesterday, today,” said coach Brad Stevens, adding that he was told Bradley’s return would likely be 5-7 days after the injury initially happened last week. “The fifth day would be Wednesday.”
 
With the team traveling to Toronto this afternoon for Tuesday night’s game against the Raptors, it didn’t make a lot of sense to have him be with the team for a game that he wasn’t going to play in. 
 
The timing of Bradley’s injury -- as if there’s a good time to be hurt, which there isn’t -- comes as the Celtics are poised to potentially break through against the one team that stands between them and truly establishing themselves as an Eastern Conference power.
 
“They’re really good,” Stevens said of the Raptors. “You want to go in fully healthy, but that’s part of it. That’s part of an NBA season. You play guys that are available. We’re going to have to play really good collectively to win.”

Celtics to retire Pierce's No. 34 Feb. 11 vs. Cavs

Celtics to retire Pierce's No. 34 Feb. 11 vs. Cavs

The Celtics announced that they will retire former captain Paul Pierce's No. 34 jersey Sunday, Feb. 11, when they play the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden. 

The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Pierce, the franchise No. 2 all-time leading scorer behind John Havlicek, played 15 years in Boston and helped the C's win their 17th title in 2008.

His No. 34 will be the 22nd number retired by the Celtics.

Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca had told the Boston Globe on Thursday that the Pierce jersey retirement would be this season.

Last month, Pierce signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Celtics so he could officially retire with the Green.