Avery Bradley says he hopes to play tonight against Washington but says that his status will not be decided until later tonight.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 2, 2014
Avery Bradley on learning from injuries: "One thing I did learn is just being able to listen to your body. If you can't go, you can't go."— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 2, 2014
The window to evaluate how well AB and Rondo play together is closing and it's still a big question mark whether or not they're the future back court of the Boston Celtics. They've shown flashes of chemistry in the last few weeks including two breakout performances from Bradley with back-to-back 20+ games, but the pair have only shared the court for 257 minutes and are a dismal -32 together.
There's no doubt that Bradley's defense is some of the best in the league, but this summer, Danny will have to determine how much that's worth. As A. Sherrod Blakely points out and Kevin suggests in today's experimentation article, Chris Johnson has filled in well when given the opportunity as another 3-and-D guard and his contract couldn't be more friendlier with the remaining three years non-guaranteed. There's also Jerryd Bayless to consider. He's been very candid about his desire to make a home in Boston. A lot of fans see Bradley as a third guard or sixth man on a championship team, but if Bayless' price tag is less (and it probably will be), these final eight games could be Bradley's last in green. Throw in the fact that Ainge has two picks in this year's draft and Bradley's future with the Celtics becomes a little murkier.
If Avery sits tonight, it won't signal anything about how management feels about him. They could be playing it safe by putting his health first in a rebuilding season or it could mean that they'd rather see what they have in Johnson, Phil Pressey, and Chris Babb. What say you?
Avery Bradley will not play tonight due to a strained right Achilles' tendon.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 2, 2014
UPDATE: Bradley's day-to-day.