PHILADELPHIA — Celtics guard Avery Bradley is unlikely to play in Game 6 of the Celtics-76ers series tonight in Philadelphia.
Bradley traveled with the team, but he did not participate in this morning’s shootaround at Wells Fargo Center
“I don’t think I’ll be able to play tonight,” Bradley said, looking dejected and speaking softly. “I’m definitely frustrated. All I can do is keep trying to get stronger for my team.”
Bradley wouldn’t commit to playing in a Game 7 or a potential next series. He sat on the bench and did strength exercises with a rubber band while his teammates went through their workout on the court.
Coach Doc Rivers also said Bradley was unlikely to play tonight.
“He’s a little better,” said Rivers. “Not much. We’ll do what we did the other night. We’ll let him warm up and see what he can do.”
Celtics guard Ray Allen said he rolled his ankle in Game 5, but he said he is OK to play tonight. Allen paticipated in the shootaround. Greg Stiemsma has been dealing with an ankle injury, but he is good to go tonight.
Rivers said he liked the play of Stiemsma (5 for 5, 10 points) in Game 5.
“It’s the first game in the playoffs where he just forgot all the stuff and played, wasn’t second-guessing,” said Rivers.
The Celtics coach said he liked the back and forth between Stiemsma and fellow backup big man Ryan Hollins.
“As this series goes on it’s starting to look for us like Leon [Powe] and Baby [Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis],” said Rivers. “You play one, the other one gets mad, you play the other one. And they push each other. That’s what Ryan [Hollins] and Greg are doing for each other, and that’s a good thing.”