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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 02:16

Avery Bradley: Highly Doubtful to Return Before All-Star Break, Will Get Second Evaluation

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Avery Bradley has experienced an up and down first half of the 2013-14 season. An incline due to his offensive production and defensive intensity, but a decline due to a nagging right ankle sprain as of late. 

Bradley, who is having a breakout season offensively scoring 14.3 points per game this season, doesn't seem to optomistic about a return from injury before the All-Star break.

"Highly doubt I'm gonna play the next two games," Bradley said to reporters before Monday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. "I'm just gonna try to see how it feels after All-Star break. I've been trying to play through it."

Bradley is expected to receive a second evaluation on the ankle, and is likely to receive another MRI on Tuesday, as Celtics head coach Brad Stevens eludes to. 

"I don't know if it was just something that added to the discomfort and it's gonna take another day or two to get better," Stevens told reports prior to the game. "Or if it's more significant than that. They're [Celtics doctors] going to go back and make sure.

In the absence of Bradley, Gerald Wallace received the start and Chris Johnson emerged off the bench in Monday's game, expect the same for the final two games before break. 

Mark Loiselle Jr.

Mark Loiselle Jr. is a Celtics beat writer for CLNS Radio. He currently has a radio show called "The Sports Blast" on ESPN Radio in Nashua, New Hampshire, and writes for The Phinsider. In the past, his work has been published on NESN.com, Phinphanatic.com and Atlantic Twine. 

Mark is a Warwick, Rhode Island native who recently graduated from Springfield College with a degree in communications/sports journalism. You can follow Mark on Twitter @mahkeyL34