Breaking Down How Boston Celtics Will Replace Avery Bradley

September 25th, 2012 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »
Avery Bradley's emergence as a starting-caliber guard in 2011-12 was the best news the Boston Celtics received during their checkered run up to the exceptional postseason we should have known they had in them.

Now comes the bad news.

After having shoulder surgery in July, the 21-year-old could miss significant time before returning to the floor. Head coach Doc Rivers appears to be preparing for the worst (via ESPN Boston's Jackie MacMullan):

"I don't like to put a time limit on injuries, but I don't think you'll see him before December—and there's a chance it could be closer to January," Rivers told

So what exactly does preparing for the worst entail?

The most likely solution is to start Courtney Lee and bring Jason Terry off the bench in the sixth-man, spark-plug role he's thrived at for so long.

It may seem tempting to start Terry based on his name and brand alone, but Boston's bench has the greater need for a scorer who can create his own offense. After all, with assist-machine Rajon Rondo in the starting lineup, just about anyone looks like a serviceable scorer—including Br ...

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