Bradley out vs. Spurs and maybe longer

Bradley out vs. Spurs and maybe longer
February 12, 2014, 7:15 pm
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BOSTON — Following a second MRI on Avery Bradley's right ankle, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said his starting shooting guard will miss the game Wednesday night against San Antonio - and possibly more.

Gerald Wallace will once again get the starting nod at shooting guard in Bradley's absence.

"Hopefully it's going to be something that's not long term," Stevens said. "It looks like it's same as the first one."

Bradley sustained a sprained right ankle against Miami on Jan. 21 that led to him missing the next five games. He returned for two games, but re-aggravated the ankle against Philadelphia on Feb. 5, which led to him missing two of the next three games.

Including tonight's absence, Bradley has missed eight of the Celtics' past 11 games.

And while the knee-jerk reaction would be to not be overly concerned with a sprained ankle injury, it's a little different with Bradley.

Bradley has had a series of injuries throughout his three-plus seasons with the Celtics, making this latest injury more concerning.

And with Bradley becoming a restricted free agent this summer, it remains to be seen how much of an impact will his long track record of being injured will factor into the kind of offers he receives.

"It's always concerning when a guy is unable to play," Stevens said. "Again, it's not a long-term issue. From everything I can tell, I know our doctors and training staff will do their due diligence. They will be very conservative in bringing him back as we should be."

This season, Bradley is averaging 14.3 points and 3.9 rebounds - both career highs.