Bradley: 'Ill be ready for tomorrow'

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Bradley: 'Ill be ready for tomorrow'

Speaking with Celtics coach Doc Rivers Saturday at the Cs training facility, Rivers said that Bradley didnt practice and would be doubtful for tomorrow but there was a but.

but he may play. I mean, hes so young so who knows. They just didnt want him doing anything. He just sprained his ankle, its not a severe sprain.

And clearly, its not severe enough for Bradley who insisted several times that he would, in fact, play tomorrow.

It feels better today, Bradley said. I rolled it a little bit, but Ill be fine for tomorrow.

After hearing Rivers prediction, Bradley smiled and said, Yeah, 100-percent Ill be out there tomorrow.

I just tweaked it a little bit, it swelled up, but Ill be ready for tomorrow.

With the swelling down and Bradley certain hell play, he looks forward to the matchup with some kid named Jeremy Lin you may have heard of him.

I know Jeremy is a good player, hes real crafty, Bradley said. Like I tell everybody, hes a good player. I already knew he could play; he just got his chance to make the most of it. Were just going to be prepared tomorrow and execute our game plan on how were going to hold him, how were going to defend him, and not only him but the other good players on their team.

Bradley did spend time on Lin the last time the Cs and Knicks played. The two entered the game with 2:38 to play in the first quarter. They played roughly seven minutes on each other Lins only playing time of the game. During that span, Bradley stole the ball once from Lin (leading to a layup) and blocked one of his shots. Lin missed three shots, and went to the line once (Sasha Pavlovic fouled him with under a second to play in the first quarter), and hit both free throws.

But thats been pretty much the extent of their on-court time, as it never happened before the pros.

No. We work out together in Vegas. Before the draft we worked out together, Bradley said. Were friends, were familiar with each others game.

Carson Smith 'had to take a step back' in recovery from Tommy John

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Carson Smith 'had to take a step back' in recovery from Tommy John

Neither set-up man the Red Sox traded for under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, Tyler Thornburg and Carson Smith, is throwing off a mound presently.

Smith, on his way back from Tommy John surgery, felt soreness after throwing a bullpen session and is back to doing long toss. 

"He’s had to slow down," Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday. "Once he got on the mound with some aggression and good intensity, was throwing the ball well. And as a result there’s been some soreness that has kind of reared its head. So have had to back him off, back into long toss, he’s thrown out to about 110 feet here today. We’re hopeful that in the very near future that mound progression resumes.

"The unique thing about Tommy John recovery is that every situation is going to be different. In this case, we’ve had to take a step back a little bit and get back to flat ground."

Smith is in Boston as part of a previously scheduled meet-up with the team, Farrell said. When the season began, Smith was rehabbing in Florida. He was put on the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, a formality that opened up a 40-man roster spot for new acquisition Chase d'Arnaud.

Smith was put on the disabled list on April 3, so he can return June 2 at the earliest, but may now need more time.

Thornburg (right shoulder impingement) is building up his long-toss distance.

In other injury news, Brock Holt (vertigo) may begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday or Saturday, Farrell said.

Despite series lead, Celtics lament their inability to hit open shots

Despite series lead, Celtics lament their inability to hit open shots

BOSTON – There are many factors you can point to in the regular season as indicators of what may happen when two NBA  teams meet in the playoffs.

You don't have to be inside the Chicago Bulls' locker room to know that when it comes to the Celtics, they were fully prepared to face a team that took a lot of 3's but wasn’t necessarily shooting them at a high percentage. 
 
That reality has certainly come into focus in Boston’s first-round series against the Chicago, one the C’s lead 3-2 as they continue to try and 3-point shoot their way on to the next round – without giving a damn how many long-range shots it takes to get the job done. 

In five playoff games, Boston is shooting 45.3 percent from the field, which puts them in the middle of the pack (eighth overall) among the 16 teams that qualified for the postseason.
 
But when it comes to the long ball, they are on the back-nine of playoff teams, ranking 10th while shooting 32.4 percent from 3-point range while leading all postseason clubs with 38.7 3-point attempts per game.

In the regular season, the Celtics ranked 16th in field-goal percentage (.454) and 14th in 3-point shooting (35.9 percent) while attempting 33.4 3's per game, which trailed only Houston (40.3) and Cleveland (33.9) this season.  

Boston's shooting from the field mirrors what it did in the regular season, but they know all too well that their shooting percentage in this series should be much higher due to the high number of open shots they have missed. 
 
Take a look at Game 5.
 
In the 108-97 win, the Celtics shot an impressive 53.1 percent when their shots were contested.
 
But let the Bulls have a defensive breakdown like a failed switch, or a guy gets beat for what turns into a great opportunity for Boston to score with no resistance, and instead of burying the open shot, the Celtics have  consistently blown those opportunities. That’s evident by the C’s connecting on just 30.8 percent (12-for-39) of their uncontested field-goal attempts in Game 5.
 
Even the usually reliable Isaiah Thomas had issues making uncontested shots in Game 5 and this series as a whole.
 
He had 24 points and shared game-high scoring honors with Avery Bradley on Wednesday night, but Thomas probably should have led everyone outright in scoring when you consider he had five open shots and wound up missing four of them.
 
That’s why when it comes to Boston’s offense, the last thing Thomas or any of his teammates complains about is getting the shots they want.
 
“I’ve been getting good open looks,” he said. “My teammates have been getting me open. We just got to knock down the shots. Coach [Stevens] keeps saying one day soon we’re going to knock down the open shots that we are missing and it might be [Game 6].”