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05/24/2012 - 12:04am
Report: Bradley likely done for playoffs

PHILADELPHIA -- Avery Bradley missed his second-straight game because of injuries to both his shoulders and the Globe reported via a source close to the player that it was, "in the 'high 90's' percentile that Bradley will be shut down and may require surgery."

Before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, which the Celtics lost 82-75, coach Doc Rivers said, "We’re just going to keep saying day to day but we really don’t know. It’s a hard injury with both shoulders now being involved." 

A team source said no definitive action has been decided yet and there were "tough decisions" to be made.

Bradley has been a vital part of the Celtics' resurgence over the second half of the season thanks to his tenacious on-the-ball defense. His injured left shoulder had popped out repeatedly...

05/23/2012 - 11:39pm
Rondo: 'We can't put it all on our defense'

PHILADELPHIA -- The Celtics made just 26-of-78 shots Wednesday and shot just 33 percent as they failed to close out the 76ers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Wells Fargo Center. In forcing a Game 7 Saturday in Boston, the Sixers didn't exactly light it up, as they had just 33 points at halftime and finished shooting 46 percent for the game in an 82-75 win. 

The Celtics defense has been solid in the series, allowing Philadelphia to score just 82, 92 and 82 points in their three wins. But Wednesday night, the Celtics were done in by poor shooting from the floor and 17 turnovers that led to 19 Philadelphia points. 

"We did OK," Rajon Rondo said of Boston's defense. "I think we could've done a lot better. Pick-and-roll defense and then it comes down to individual 1-on-1 defense. We did hold them to 82 but I think we could've held them to 70 or the high 60s."

Rondo and the Celtics were done in by...

05/23/2012 - 11:20pm
KG: C's 'confidence very high' for Game 7

PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Garnett spoke about Philadelphia's fans after a Game 5 win in Boston. On Wednesday, following an 82-75 loss to the Sixers in Game 6, Garnett made another proclamation of sorts for Game 7 Saturday in Boston. 

"Win or go home," Garnett said when asked about the team's mindset heading into a do-or-die Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. "Confidence is very high. We've been here before, very experienced. All out, nothing less."

Indeed, the Celtics have played in five Game 7s in the Big Three era of Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. They are 3-2 in those previous five, beating Atlanta and Cleveland on their way to the title in 2008. They beat the Bulls in seven in the first round in 2009 before losing the next round to the Magic in Game 7 at the Garden. With a chance at an 18th banner in 2010, they lost Game 7 of the NBA finals in Los Angeles to the Lakers. 

"Game 7s are what...

05/23/2012 - 10:52pm
Stiemsma: Injured foot 'as bad as it's been'

PHILADELPHIA -- In the aftermath of the Celtics' 82-75 loss to the 76ers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, backup center Greg Stiemsma had an ice bag propped under his aching left foot. One game after scoring 10 points, Stiemsma managed only one shot in four minutes. His foot injury acted up in the second half of Game 5 and didn't get better between games.

"This is as bad as it's been," said Stiemsma. "I'll stay off it for the next few days. I'll be ready for Saturday."

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


05/23/2012 - 10:36pm
Bruins named SBJ Team of Year
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins were named the Sports Team of the Year at the SportsBusiness Journals' 2012 Sports Business Awards Wednesday. 

Other teams nominated for the award included the Texas Rangers, Dayton Dragons, Sporting Kansas City and Stewart-Haas Racing. The Bruins are the fifth team to win the award. 

The award covered March 1, 2011 through Feb. 29, 2012, covering their Stanley Cup victory on June 15 last year. In addition to their victory in the finals over the Canucks, the Bruins' "involvement in numerous charitable contributions to the Greater Boston community" was also recognized, according to a press release. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


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