Celtic guard Avery Bradley was scheduled to undergo surgery on his left shoulder Friday, coach Doc Rivers said. Bradley will miss the remainder of the playoffs.
“It’s disappointing whenever a player goes down, especially what Avery has given us this year,” Rivers said before practice in preparation for Saturday’s Eastern Conference semifinal playoff Game 7 against Philadelphia.
“His growth has been terrific. He’s become a very valuable piece to our team. His ability to guard the best guard at ‘1’ or ‘2’ has really taken so much pressure off of (Rajon) Rondo, in particular, and not having him means Rondo has to go back to that role and run the team. And that’s hard, especially against the team we’re playing, that has two guards that attack.”
A source told the Globe this week that it’s “highly likely’’ Bradley’s left shoulder would pop out again - it has popped out twice in the series against the 76ers - if he continued to play. Playing would put him at risk of “serious structural damage.’’
Rivers said the team is ready to move on.
“Listen, we’ve been a team all year that stuff happens and you move forward,” he said. “That’s the way we’ve been and that’s the way we have to be tomorrow.”