BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday that starting guard Avery Bradley is out for Boston’s next two playoff games against the Hawks with a right hamstring injury and ‘‘very unlikely’’ to return for the remainder of the first-round series.
Stevens said Wednesday that he was still awaiting word from an MRI that Bradley underwent upon Boston’s return from Atlanta. Game 3 is set for Friday in Boston.
In addition, Stevens said center Kelly Olynyk is questionable to return to action with a sore right shoulder. Olynyk sat out Game 2 after playing just 12 minutes in Game 1. The Celtics, who have now lost their last seven playoff games, struggled without him and were pushed around by a Hawks interior defense that had 15 blocks.
‘‘I feel bad for those guys because this is the time of year where everybody wants to be healthy, everybody wants to play, everybody wants to get their crack at it,’’ Stevens said of the mounting injuries. ‘‘We’re going to do the very best with the guys that are available.
‘‘We have a lot of good players in this room that have done a lot of good things throughout the year and we’re going to need everybody that’s available to be playing at their best.’’
The only positive news was that backup point guard Marcus Smart, who suffered bruised ribs in Game 2, will likely be able to practice on Thursday.
Boston will not only need production from him, but also from rookies Terry Rozier and R.J. Hunter, who logged 24 and 15 minutes in Game 2.
Steven said he envisions they will continue to see increased playing time with Bradley unavailable and Smart dinged up.
Celtics’ point guard Isaiah Thomas said there’s no time to feel sorry for themselves.
‘‘It’s frustrating, but at the end of the day there’s no excuses,’’ he said. ‘‘You gotta roll with who you got and we’re confident in this group of guys. I know we have some key guys out due to injury but that means those guys gotta step up — including myself — and we all just have to put one good game together to give us some confidence.’’
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