Ankle bothering Celtics' Bradley again

Ankle bothering Celtics' Bradley again
February 5, 2014, 11:45 pm
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The ankle injury that sidelined Avery Bradley for five games is once again an issue for the Celtics guard.

Although he was one of five double-digit scorers in Boston's 114-108 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday, Bradley was limited to just 26 minutes.

After the game, Bradley said the injury wasn't aggravated by any particular movement or contact on Wednesday.

"It's been feeling sore the last two games," Bradley, who had 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting in the win over the Sixers, told reporters. "I've just been trying to fight through the pain. It just gave out on me a little bit."

When asked where he now stood with the injury, Bradley said, "I don't know. We'll see."

Coach Brad Stevens noticed Bradley didn't look like himself and opted to sit him down.

"I just didn't think he looked like he had the same bounce," Stevens told reporters.

It is too soon to determine if Bradley will miss additional games with the injury.

There's no such thing as a good time for any player to be hurt, but the timing of Bradley's ankle injury is about as bad as it gets.

With more than half the season in the books, the Celtics are eager to see Bradley and Rajon Rondo play together.

After returning to the Celtics roster on Jan. 17, Rondo has improved his overall play seemingly from one game to the next.

On Wednesday, he had a near triple-double with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. And that came on the heels of a 19-point, 11-assist, 6-rebound performance in a Celtics win over Orlando on Sunday.

Injuries to both Bradley and Rondo the past couple of seasons have limited the amount of court time they have seen with one another.

Depending on the severity of Bradley's latest injury, that pairing might once again be delayed.

This season, Bradley is averaging a career-high 14.6 points per game, along with 4.1 rebounds, which is also a career-best for the fourth-year guard.