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Injury sidelines Celtics’ Avery Bradley again

WASHINGTON — Avery Bradley is scheduled to meet Celtics team doctor Brian McKeon Thursday in Boston after Bradley sat out Wednesday’s game with a sore right Achilles’ tendon.

Bradley didn’t play in the Celtics’ 118-92 loss to the Wizards for precautionary reasons after his Achilles’ started bothering him this week.

“It just got stiff,” Bradley said. “One of the movements I made, it kind of gave out on me. It has nothing to do with my ankle. It’s just more my Achilles’. It’s just kind of stiff.”

Bradley is a game-time decision Friday against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden, according to Celtics coach Brad Stevens.


Bradley started the Celtics’ first 43 games but has missed 19 games since Jan. 22 because of right ankle woes.

However, even though the Celtics’ season is winding down, Stevens said they won’t shut Bradley down for the final seven games so that he can rest and heal up.

“That would not be what we want to do,” Stevens said. “What we want to do is for our guys to play and play together — and play well and compete. It wouldn’t be positive in my opinion. We haven’t had any discussions like that amongst coaches and front office.”

Bradley’s injuries have hindered an otherwise fine season in which he’s averaging a career-high 14.2 points in 30.4 minutes. He is set to become a restricted free agent this summer.

Making a list

As Stevens nears the end of his first NBA season, he said he “hasn’t been perfect by any means.”

“In fact, I’ve got a list of things that I want to do better, I’ve got a list of things that I would probably do a little bit differently,” he said.

How long is that list?

“It’s long,” he said with a wry smile. “I’d be happy to share it, but we don’t have time to share it. I have lists at the end of every year, but it’s obviously longer when you lose this many games.”


Still, he said, “I’ve learned a lot. I think I’m a better basketball coach as a result of this. But it’s not easy to go through; that’s part of what makes you better at it.”

Stevens added, “These guys have gotten better too. I’ve been pleased with our resiliency from a competitiveness standpoint because we’re officially out of the playoffs now but we haven’t been trending that direction . . . for much of the year but they’ve brought the right intensity most of the time.”

The Celtics were officially eliminated from the playoffs Monday, much later than many might have expected.

“That has a lot more to do with where the Eastern Conference is than where we are,” Stevens said.

Visiting hours

The Celtics and Red Sox visited injured veterans Tuesday at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“Just awfully humbling and honored to go over there and to be invited over there,” Stevens said. “Everybody I met was vibrant and you could sense, nothing is going to bring them down. They’re tougher than that.”

Stevens also had a chance to meet Red Sox manager John Farrell for a brief moment.

“He said he’s been watching us and rooting for us,” Stevens said. “I wished him the best and that was it.”

Baxter Holmes can be reached at baxter.holmes@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @BaxterHolmes.