Bradley Remains Questionable with Achilles
WASHINGTON – Avery Bradley's status for tonight's game against the Washington Wizards remains uncertain due to a sore right Achilles. Bradley, who exited Monday night's game in Chicago during the second quarter, walked through Boston's shootaround Wednesday morning and will decide whether or not to play shortly before game time.
"I'm going to just see how it feels tonight," Bradley said. "If I'm able to play then I'm going to go. If I'm able to move good, I'll play."
Bradley went on to admit that the final decision of whether or not he will be available to play will be made by head athletic trainer Ed Lacerte. Lacerte, along with the Celtics coaching staff, is likely to make a careful decision regarding the shooting guard's status.
"You’re always appropriately cautious," said head coach Brad Stevens. “So you always want to make sure health, especially long-term health, is never sacrificed in any which way.”
Added Bradley, "One thing that Ed said is that he doesn't want to mess around with it. It just doesn't make sense."
Bradley also clarified that he is only experiencing pain in his Achilles, not in the previously injured ankle that forced him to miss 19 games from Jan. 22 through March 12.
"It doesn't have anything to do with my ankle anymore," said Bradley. "It just comes from not playing for a while and now playing full speed. My ankle's not loose and it ends up giving me tendinitis."
Bradley's experience with the original ankle injury prepared him mentally for what he is dealing with now. He does not want to make the same mistake he made on Feb. 2, when he admittedly attempted to come back far too soon.
"Deep down inside I knew that I was hurt still," Bradley said. "I thought it would be fine but it ended up, the second MRI, it ended up being worse."
He learned a lesson through that situation, and he is applying it to his current injury.
"One thing I did learn is just being able to listen to your body," said Bradley. "If you're not able to go, you're not able to go. Obviously I don't want to force myself to play. We only have a few more games left and (I could wind up) hurting myself more."
That’s the last thing the Celtics want to happen to their starting shooting guard. They’d love to see him on the floor tonight against the Wizards, but not at the expense of his future.