Garnett blogs about loss, season

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Garnett blogs about loss, season

Kevin Garnett did not speak to the media after the Celtics were eliminated by the Heat in Game 5. He did, however, take to his Anta blog today to reflect on the loss and the season:

"As you know, we were knocked out of the playoffs by Miami.It's unfortunate that we are out and in my mind didn't reach our potential.Taking the last couple of days to think about things and the season was long.Their were ups and downs all season and dealing with teammates, leaving teammates, gaining teammates.Long hours, flights, practices, workouts, etc...Another season under my belt, but not satisfying.I'll be getting back to the "lab" (workouts and court work) to work on my craft, so I can keep improving.I will be working on my skills and constantly trying to get better.

"Quick shout out to my man Shaq, who is the best.He worked hard all season, but couldn't get his achilles right.

"Amazing to think that I was playing with so many potential HOF (hall of famers).I will remember these times, on and off the court.This will be a memorable season!!!

"Thank you all so much for your constant support and encouragement throughout the season.Hanging in with us through the ups and downs of the season.Your support gets me through and pushes me to be better.I will be back in China sometime in July or August, so stay tuned.I met so many of you all last summer, that it will be exciting to meet more."

Garnett finished the regular season averaging 14.9 points at 53-percent from the field, 8.9 rebounds, and 31.3 minutes per game (71 games).

In the postseason he averaged 14.9 points but shot just 44-percent while grabbing 10.9 rebounds in 36.4 minutes per game (nine games).

Garnett is going into his last year of a three year contract extension he signed with the Celtics before the 2007-08 season -- he had two years remaining on his contract before the extension.

There was some speculation as to whether or not he would consider retirement, but there was no mention or signs pointing toward that in his blog.

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

BOSTON – Wednesday’s 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks was the fifth time in the last six games that Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley was out because of a right Achilles injury.

Well, it appears the 6-foot-2 guard may miss a few more with this injury.

“I can see him missing a little more time,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said following Wednesday’s loss. “I just think maybe he came back a little bit too early, whatever the case may be.”

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Bradley was expected to play against the Knicks, but was a last-minute scratch.

Celtics big man Al Horford said he didn’t find out Bradley was out until the team was on the floor doing pre-game warmups and he didn’t see him.

“He was really sore,” Stevens said of Bradley. “Went through our walk-through and then came on to the court and did some stuff and was more sore today than he has been. I think he did treatment the whole game.”

This latest setback for Bradley is part of a growing narrative that has dogged him throughout his career which has included him missing games to injury in each of his six-plus NBA seasons.

Bradley came into this season once again hoping to be as injury-free as possible, only to see that dream dashed with this right Achilles strain he's suffering with currently.

Still, there’s no downplaying the significance and value the Celtics have in the 26-year-old. This season, he is second on the Celtics in scoring at 17.7 points per game and leads them in rebounds with 6.9 per game with both being career highs. In addition, he averages just under 35 minutes per game which is also tops on the team.

Marcus Smart has been Stevens’ choice to replace Bradley in the starting lineup when Bradley has been unavailable, and that’s not likely to change between now and Saturday’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.