Davis' injury 'nothing serious'; will be out 3-5 days

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Davis' injury 'nothing serious'; will be out 3-5 days

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

WALTHAM For a change, the Boston Celtics got some relatively good news on the injury front.

The strained Patella tendon in the left knee of Glen Davis wasn't nearly as serious as feared.

"It's sore. It's really sore, but I'll be OK," said Davis, who did not practice on Thursday.

In fact, coach Doc Rivers said Davis will likely return to action in less than a week.

An MRI performed Thursday morning on Davis' left knee showed no significant or structural damage.

"He may be out three, four, five days, but it's nothing serious," Rivers said.

Davis said he has been battling tendinitis in his left knee dating back to the NBA Finals last season.

He was hopeful that he could make it through all 82 regular season games, but admitted to feeling some relief when it was determined that his injury would not keep him sidelined too long.

"It's a sigh of relief," said Davis, who aggravated the injury in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 115-103 win over Phoenix. "But you don't want to be hurt, anyway. You don't want to sit out. But it could be worse. I'm just glad I'm here, I'm getting healthy and getting ready to play."

Davis' injury should afford newly acquired Troy Murphy and Jeff Green an opportunity to get some much-needed experience with the current Celtics.

"I'll be playing the four (power forward) a little more. I might be playing the 3 (small forward)," Green said. "No matter how many minutes I play, I'm going to give it my all and try to produce in the time I'm in."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

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Celtics-Raptors preview: DeRozan, Lowry a challenge for Bradley, C's

Celtics-Raptors preview: DeRozan, Lowry a challenge for Bradley, C's

BOSTON – Avery Bradley doesn’t mind being a standout, but this is probably not what he had in mind. 

Injuries have ravaged the Boston Celtics’ starting five to the point where only one player, Bradley, has been with the first unit in all 22 games this season. 

Just like Bradley was looked upon to step his game up in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (right groin) at Orlando on Wednesday, he will once again be challenged to lead Boston (13-9) to victory tonight when the Thomas-less Celtics face the Toronto Raptors. 

Bradley’s emergence as a two-way talent this season has overshadowed at times what has been another season of elite play defensively. 

And he’ll need to be on top of his defensive game tonight against a Raptors All-Star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. 

Both Lowry and DeRozan present a different kind of challenge for Bradley who will spend time defending each of them at various points during the game. 

Lowry has good size, strength and deceptive quickness in addition to an under-rated perimeter game that will keep Bradley on his toes for sure. 

This season he's averaging 20.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and a career-high 7.6 assists while shooting 42.9 percent on 3's which is also a career mark. 

And DeRozan is having the kind of season that might get him a few league MVP votes. 

His 28.0 points per game ranks fifth in the NBA, but making his numbers even more impressive is that unlike most guards DeRozan doesn’t generate much offense from three-pointers.

DeRozan averages 1.8 three-point attempts per game which is the fewest attempts among any player ranked among the league’s top-25 scorers.

The 6-foot-7 All-Star is the master of the mid-range game which accounts for 31.5 percent of the points he scores. And when he’s not shooting the mid-range, he’s working a defender in one-on-one iso-situations. 

That helps explain why 76.4 percent of his two-point made field goals are unassisted. 

But here’s the thing about Bradley. 

As much as we give him props for what he does defensively, it’s his offense that has put him on the map as a potential All-Star this season. 

Bradley is averaging a career-high 17.9 points while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. He’s also averaging a career-high 7.8 rebounds per game in addition to shooting a career-high 40.7 percent on 3's.

But for Bradley, individual accolades are only going to come his way by the Celtics winning games; preferably against above-average teams like the Toronto Raptors.

And that would make both Bradley and the Celtics stand out this season.