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Wed, 05/23/2012 - 11:31am  

Bradley: 'Right now, I'm not playing' Game 6

PHILADELPHIA -- Celtics guard Avery Bradley said at Wednesday morning's team shootaround that he has felt little improvement in his ailing left shoulder and he will almost surely miss his second straight game of the series as Boston attempts to close out Philadelphia in Game 6 here at Wells Fargo Center. 

"Right now, I'm not playing," Bradley said, as he received treatment from strength trainer Bryan Doo. "I'm definitely frustrated but all I can do is keep getting stronger and keep improving for my team. I'm just trying to get it better. It's been the same. I just have to keep trying to get is stronger everyday. I just want to make sure I'm 100 percent for my time. I'm just taking it day-by-day right now."

"He's a little better, not much," coach Doc Rivers added. "I don't think he'll play. He won't do anything in shootaround for sure, and then do what we did the other night. We'll let him warm up and see if he can warm up and then go from there."

Bradley had the shoulder pop out early in the third quarter of Game 4 last Friday night and missed Game 5 with the injury. Ray Allen started in his place in Game 5 and will start again for Bradley in Game 6 should Bradley -- as expected -- miss Game 6. There is some uncertainty regarding Allen and his ailing right ankle. 

"It is what it is," Rivers said of Allen. "He's a go right now. Obviously, if he can't go, we'll have to go somewhere else."

Greg Stiemsma also reaggravated his foot injury in the second half of the Game 5 win Monday. He was at shootaround Wednesday and is expected to be available off the bench. 

"He's good," Rivers said. "The foot was aggravated again [Monday]. He says he feels much better today. He'll definitely play. He's the definite of the three guys."

For complete coverage from Paul Flannery and Mike Petraglia in Philadelphia, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog.




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