Posted May 23, 2012

Boston Celtics’ Avery Bradley not expected to play against 76ers

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Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley told reporters at the team’s shootaround this morning that he doesn’t expect to play tonight in Game 6 with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to a video taken by ESPN Boston‘s Chris Forsberg.

Bradley missed Game 5 and is battling a left shoulder injury.

A tweet earlier today by the Celtics Twitter account said that coach Doc Rivers didn’t expect Bradley to play.

After Game 5, Rivers told reporters, “The strength just won’t return right now. It’s pretty bad.” But Bradley traveled with the team to Philadelphia, raising hopes he would be available.

Ray Allen started in Bradley’s place Monday night but scored only five points in 33 minutes.

Bradley started 18 of Boston’s final 19 regular season games and all 10 playoff games before Game 5. “He’s an extraordinary defensive player,’’ Allen said. The Boston Globe reported the Celtics are 35 points better this series when Bradley is on the floor.

The Celtics can close out Philadelphia in Game 6 tonight.