PHILADELPHIA — The Celtics are not expected to have Avery Bradley for the rest of the season because of a left shoulder injury. A source close to Bradley told the Globe that the percentile is in the “high 90s” that Bradley will be shut down and will perhaps need surgery.
The source said that it’s “highly likely” Bradley’s left shoulder would pop out again — it has popped out twice in the series against the Philadelphia 76ers — and playing further would put him at risk of “serious structural damage.”
Bradley has missed the past two games with soreness in both shoulders, and the team’s brass along with Bradley’s representatives appear close to deciding to sit him for the remainder of the playoffs. Celtics coach Doc Rivers called Bradley’s injury “day to day” but said he was not sure when he would return.
Bradley, the source said, will make the ultimate decision, so there is a slight possibility he could return, but the question is whether the organization would allow one of its top young players to play under such circumstances.
“He’s looking at surgery in the face,” the source said, adding that if Bradley did further damage to the shoulder, he could take one year to recover.
Bradley has been a critical part of the Celtics’ defense and took over as the team’s starting shooting guard in April. The second-year guard has been the team’s most improved player and turned into a potential franchise cornerstone after an injury-plagued rookie season.