Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bradley Out With Elbow Injury

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Celtics guard Avery Bradley did not travel with the team on Thursday due to a left elbow strain. The veteran will miss Friday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Bradley sustained the injury during the first half of Wednesday's win over the Utah Jazz. He briefly ran to the locker room, only to return moments later with a shooting sleeve, and logged 36 total minutes while finishing with 13 points (5-of-13 shooting) and 7 rebounds. Team doctors initially ruled it a contusion after the injury occurred, as of today it's been changed to a strain officially.

The Celtics are in New Orleans to start a three-game mini road trip, that heads to Orlando then Miami. It is unknown if Bradley will re-join the team later on.

Brad Stevens will most likely insert newly acquired Isaiah Thomas into the starting lineup at the point or two-guard along with rookie of the month; Marcus Smart in the backcourt. The Eastern Conference player of the week will see increased minutes along with Evan Turner, and possibly more James Young as well.

In 58 games this season Bradley is averaging 14 points (on 43-percent shooting) at over 31 minutes per game.

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