PHILADELPHIA If the Boston Celtics are to close out their best-of-seven series tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers, they'll have to do it without their defensive ace Avery Bradley.
The 6-foot-2 guard is still nursing a left shoulder injury that's expected to keep him sidelined for the second straight game.
Rivers said Bradley's "a little better," but added, "not much."
"I don't think he'll play tonight," Rivers said. "He won't do anything at shoot-around, for sure."
Bradley's left shoulder injury has been an issue all season, and it has not made the kind of progress he or the Celtics would have liked to have seen by now.
Although Bradley wouldn't classify his injury as getting worse, the fact that he's not able to play on it and now he's having problems with the right shoulder, speaks to how the pain and serious nature of his injury has indeed been heightened.
"I'm just trying to get them stronger," Bradley said of his shoulders. "As of now, I'm not going to be playing (in Game 6)."
Look for Ray Allen to start again in Bradley's absence, with Keyon Dooling playing a more prominent role off the Celtics bench.
ST. LOUIS - The Colorado Rockies have obtained right-hander Pat Neshek from the Philadelphia Phillies for three minor league players on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old Neshek is 3-2 with a 1.12 ERA in 43 relief appearances for the Phillies. A two-time All-Star, Neshek has played parts of 11 seasons with six teams.
"He's having a good year," Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado said. "He's a veteran. He'll be a great addition to our bullpen."
Neshek is looking forward to his environs.
"It's exciting, jump right into a playoff race," Neshek said. "It's a great team with a great offense."
Colorado gave up right-handed pitchers J.D. Hammer and Alejandro Requena and infielder Jose Gomez.
Requena, a mid-season All-Star with Class-A Asheville, is 8-3 with 2.85 ERA in 10 games this season.
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5:11 - Tom Curran and Tom Giles talk about Bill Belichick and how he has actually improved as a coach and GM in the past few years compared to his earlier seasons with the Patriots.
10:36 - Kyle Draper joins BST with Curran, Holley, and Smith to discuss Isaiah Thomas not getting surgery on his injured hip, if that is the best option for him, and how it could affect the Celtics.
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