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Celtics’ Guard Bradley Status Unclear

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(Avery) Bradley underwent another MRI on the ankle that revealed the new sprain. After meeting with team doctors, the Celtics decided to shut him down through the All-Star break, but coach Brad Stevens said it’s unclear if he’ll be ready when the team resumes play next Wednesday.

“We did another look at it, he’s out tonight, and then possibly will be out after that,” (Coach Brad) Stevens said before Wednesday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. “Hopefully it’s going to be something that’s not long term, or doesn’t look like it will be. It looks like it’s just the same as the first one, so not a long-term thing.”

Stevens said the team operated with caution after the first sprain, ensuring that Bradley was 100 percent before putting him back on the floor, and said they’ll do the same this time around.

via Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston

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