All 15 Boston Celtics are expected to play during Game 3, but that doesn’t mean they’re healthy.
Paul Pierce has obviously been hobbled by his injured knee, Ray Allen is shooting 29 percent from the arc during the postseason, Mickael Pietrus has a swollen knee and remaining fear stemming from his concussion, and Avery Bradley’s shoulder could pop out at any second.
“It’s just not regular,” he said. “It just makes everything harder on me. I just got to be careful. Last game, seeing that it popped out, I had to really be careful. Try not to think about it. If it pops out it pops out, all I can do is keep rehabbing and do whatever is best for me and the team.”
I don’t think we can overstate Bradley’s toughness. How difficult must it be to play his aggressive style of hoops while knowing “shit, at any time I could collide with somebody and my shoulder might pop out of its socket, leaving me in a mountain full of pain?” I’ll go to war with that kid any day.