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Boston Celtics Trying to Make Things Work in the Back-court

January 22nd, 2014 at 11:17 AM
By Sean Melia

Suddenly, the Boston Celtics are scrambling for back court players. It was not long ago that it seems jam packed at the point guard and shooting guard position. Then Courtney Lee was shipped out, Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks were traded for a big man, then  Jerryd Bayless sprains a toe, and Avery Bradley sprains an ankle.

'Avery Bradley and Jordan Crawford' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license:

Conspiracy theorists might argue that Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley purposely hurt themselves because they can't stand sharing the court with each other. Only two games into Rondo's return and Bradley is missing games. He will not play tonight against the Washington Wizards. Considering the Celtics play five games in the next eight nights, it might be plausible that Avery Bradley will miss more than just tonight's game.

Another indicator of how long Bradley will be out is the fact that the Celtics immediately signed Vander Blue (one of the league's best names) to a 10 day contract from the D-League. 

Blue will likely see plenty of playing time over the 10 days considering Rondo and Pressey are the only healthy guards on the roster. Jeff Green and Chris Johnson might have to spend some time at shooting guard in this time of need. 

The unfortunate part of all these injuries and trades is that Rondo cannot be over-extended too early. The NBA has lost three stars to injuries that people believe happened because they didn't rush back (Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, and Russell Westbrook). So Brad Stevens is going to have to be careful. His rotations will be different and some players will have to step into roles that might not be the most comfortable.


Tags: Avery Bradley, Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens, Chris Johnson, NBA, Rajon Rondo

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