Celtics guard Avery Bradley sat out his second consecutive game with a strained right Achilles’ when his team lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 111-102, at TD Garden Friday night.
Bradley also won’t play Saturday when his team travels to Detroit to face the Pistons, according to coach Brad Stevens.
“For whatever reason it’s been aggravated and the doctor said [Thursday] that he has to sit two more days, which is frustrating because you want those guys to play together, for him and for all of us,” Stevens said before Friday’s game.
Bradley’s Achilles’ started bothering him in the first half of the Celtics’ loss at Chicago Monday. He didn’t play the second half of that game, nor has he played since.
Including Friday’s and Saturday’s games, Bradley will have missed 21 games because of health issues since Jan. 22.
Bradley recently missed 19 games, including 13 straight, with right ankle woes, though he has insisted that his ankle is no longer an issue.
Even though the Celtics will have just five regular-season games remaining after Saturday, Stevens said they have no plans to shut Bradley down.
“I think that if he could play, he’d be playing,” Stevens said.
“If they gave him the OK, he’d be playing. I’m hopeful that he’s going to play as much as possible over the [remaining games].”
Guard Jerryd Bayless again started in place of Bradley and scored a team-high 23 points.
McCarty passed up
Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty said he was contacted by Boston College about its vacant coaching position, but McCarty said he never received an interview.
BC announced Thursday it hired Jim Christian of Ohio University.
Was McCarty disappointed?
“Not really,” he said. “They are who they are. I think I could’ve been really successful with some things that they were in need of, but obviously they had a different [direction] that they wanted to go.”
Former Celtics forward Leon Powe returned to Boston Friday to attend the Red Sox’ home opener as an ambassador of the Celtics, bringing with him the 2008 championship trophy.
“It feels good. It feels like home, and it is home for me,” said Powe, who played three seasons in Boston (2006-09), averaging 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds off the bench. “I love these people here, Boston people. I know they love me and the hard work I put in to help bring this team a championship with my teammates. It’s been real fun coming back.”
Of the event at Fenway Park, Powe said, “I wanted to represent my teammates and represent the Celtics organization well, and I felt I did that. And just represent the victims from the Marathon. Talking to them was a blessing.”
Powe recalled watching from afar as the Marathon bombings unfolded last year.
“I was deeply saddened by it, hurt, mad, angry,” he said. “But all that is, is they’re trying to break our spirit. They try to break the tradition we have every single year, as far as the marathon.
“I told everybody on the West Coast — that’s not going to break the people’s spirit in Boston. They’re so strong, that’s just going to bring us together even more.”
Honor for Stevens
Stevens will receive an honorary doctorate from Butler University at its spring commencement ceremony on May 10, the school announced.
Stevens spent 13 years at the Indianapolis private school, the final six as head coach before he was hired by the Celtics last summer.
“I got called about a week ago and, as you’re still in the midst of even the slimmest of chances of making the playoffs, I couldn’t say that I could for sure be there,” Stevens said.
“But once we were eliminated — it’s an honor to be there. That place does mean a lot to us, so for them to do that for us, we’re thrilled to have that opportunity.”
Stevens won 166 games at Butler, the most in college basketball history for someone in his first six years as head coach. He led the Bulldogs to consecutive NCAA title games in 2010 and 2011.
“Last July, when the Boston Celtics hired Stevens as their head coach, we didn’t have a formal opportunity to thank him or celebrate the many contributions he made to the Butler community,” university president James Danko said in a release.
“So for us, this will be that chance. He was a dedicated member of the Butler community for more than a dozen years, and still maintains close ties to the University.”Baxter Holmes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @BaxterHolmes.