Bradley (Achilles) leaves game vs. Bulls

Bradley (Achilles) leaves game vs. Bulls
March 31, 2014, 11:15 pm
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Avery Bradley did not return for the second half of Boston's 94-80 loss at Chicago, and it's unclear when (if at all) the 6-foot-2 guard will be back in the lineup.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens took Bradley out with 1:22 to play in the half and Boston ahead 48-46.

"I took him out and he was limping," Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters. "He looked like he landed funny or did something. It didn't sound like a long term thing from what they told me at halftime. It sounded like his Achilles was very sore. He couldn't get it loose."

Said Bradley: "It's just tendinitis in the Achilles. It just comes from not playing for a long period and coming back full speed. It's been bothering me, but I've been playing through it, just getting treatment. But tonight it got the best of me."

It remains to be seen if the injury will sideline Bradley in any or all of the team's remaining eight games.

He said he hasn't given the idea of shutting it down for the rest of the season any thought as of now.

"Whatever Ed (Lacerte, the Celtics' trainer) says, that's what I'm listening to," Bradley told reporters.

If he is unable to play going forward, "We gotta find other guys that can," Stevens said.

Bradley suffered a right ankle sprain earlier this season that resulted in him missing 19 of 22 games before returning to appear in the last nine.

This latest injury only adds to the long list of setbacks Bradley has endured since the Celtics drafted him in 2010.

In his first three seasons, he played no more than 64 games which may become an issue for teams besides the Celtics express interest in signing him this summer.