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Avery Bradley's injury could keep him out until January

Avery Bradley may not return to the court until January due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the NBA Playoffs last season.

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Celtics' Bradley 'ahead of schedule' after surgery

After undergoing surgeries on both shoulders in the offseason, Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is looking to get back on the court earlier than expected, according to a report by Dan Duggan of the Boston Herald on Friday.

With head coach Doc Rivers shooting for a mid-December return for Bradley, the two-year pro out of Texas started conditioning on Thursday, including lifting weights and shooting jumpers, in a continuing effort to see if he can return to action even quicker than that.

"That's what they have right now. I've just got to take it day-by-day and see how I feel," Bradley said in the report. "I'm ahead of schedule now, so you never know."

The tenacious perimeter defender had surgeries in June and July. Prior to those, Bradley had tried to play through the injuries during the Celtics' postseason run a season ago, but was officially shelved during the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Rivers: Bradley may be out until January

It appears that Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley's shoulder injury will cause him to miss far more time than anticipated this season. Celtics coach Doc Rivers told ESPN Boston's Jackie MacMullen that Bradley is "not even close" to returning to action, and he could be out until January.

"I don't like to put a time limit on injuries, but I don't think you'll see him before December -- and there's a chance it could be closer to January.''

The 21-year-old Bradley suffered the shoulder injury late in the 2011-12 regular season. He fought through the pain to play in 10 playoff games before finally being shut down for good after Game 4 of the Celtics' second-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. There was a chance that he might be available for the start of the 2012-13 regular season, but it appears those hopes have been dashed.

Bradley emerged last year as a tenacious defender, allowing Rivers to move Ray Allen to the bench to provide more scoring. Allen has since departed for the Heat, but the Celtics signed Jason Terry and Courtney Lee to fill in as Bradley recovers.

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Avery Bradley Injury Update: Shoulder Problems 'Likely' To End Celtics Guard's Season

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley may miss Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers and, in fact, could be done for the season, according to a report on Wednesday. Bradley, who sat out the last two games for the Celtics, has been dealing with a shoulder injury. In Game 4, his shoulder appeared to come out of its socket for a third time this postseason. Although he played through the pain then, he hasn't been back on the court since.

The report comes from the Boston Globe.

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 its in the percentile is in the "high 90s" that Bradley will be shut down and will perhaps need surgery.

The news came down shortly after the Celtics fell to the Sixers, with Philly forcing a decisive Game 7, which makes it a double-whammy for Boston.

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Avery Bradley Injury: Celtics Guard Out For Game 5 Vs. Sixers

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley will not play for Boston in its Game 5 showdown with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. WEEI's Mike Petraglia also reports that Bradley may be done for the rest of the playoffs with injuries to both shoulders.

Bradley has been a vital piece of the Celtics' rotation in recent months, shoring up a backcourt that can struggle to score from the perimeter with Ray Allen on the bench and carving out a role as one of Doc Rivers' most trusted reserves by stepping up while Allen has struggled to stay healthy this season.

Bradley played 28 minutes in Game 4, scoring eight points and snagging three rebounds for the Celtics. He scored 14 points in his first game of the 2012 NBA playoffs, but has not reached double figures in points since.

The Celtics not having Bradley tonight might screw up a Heat-Celtics Eastern Conference Finals. Bomani Jones wouldn't like that.

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