Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce seem quite impressed with Bradley’s heart, though Rivers is concerned Bradley won’t be able to stay on the court for the remainder of the postseason. (WEEI and Boston Herald)
“It came out and went right back, which is crazy. It’s a tough thing what he’s going through. A lot of players would not be playing, I’ll say that,” Doc Rivers said. “He’s dealing with stuff. It’s just tough. It really is. I swear a lot of people would not be playing and the only reason he is, is because he wants to. I am concerned at some point that he may not be able to anymore. We don’t know what game that is, we don’t know what day he can finish it and we can keep going all the way and he can play and tomorrow could be his last game.” …
“It just says who he is,” said Celtics forward and captain Paul Pierce. “A guy who wants to be out there. A guy that wants to win and do anything he can to help this ball club. What more can I say? A lot of young players would probably sit down and worry about their futures or careers or contract situations, but at the end of the day Avery has to do what’s best for him and his family and possibly for the long run. Hopefully, he doesn’t have any longterm injuries due to the fact that he’s playing. I think it’s a fine line.”
The list of 21-year old NBAers tougher than Avery Bradley:
No, I didn’t write anything in white font. That’s the whole list.