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Celtics Avery Bradley needs surgery; 4 months recovery


Not only is Avery Bradley out for the Celtics for the rest of these playoffs, he could be lost to them up to the start of next training camp.

Bradley likely needs shoulder surgery on his bad left shoulder, Celtics GM and decision maker Danny Ainge confirmed that to ESPNBoston.com (via CSNNE.com).

“We’ll probably find out more here in the next few hours, but it’s looking that way,” Ainge said during his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. “I think these reports are accurate — at least the reports I’ve read. Someone said it was a 90 percent chance that he’s done for the season, and it’s looking that way.”

The surgery is needed to repair small tears that have compromised the structure of his left shoulder, according to a league source.

If you don’t know how much Bradley means to the Celtics, you didn’t watch the Sixers’ Jrue Holiday carve them up in Game 5. Bradley’s defense contained Holiday in the Celtics wins, without Bradley there it was Holiday getting the Sixers enough offense to force a game 7.

Another issue is the recovery time for this could be four months, which means Bradley would miss summer workouts and basically bounce back just in time for training camp. That can stall the development of good young players.

But he’s got to get it right, and that means he is going to have to go under the knife.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist taken to hospital after shoulder injury

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

We likely won’t know more about the extent of his injury until tomorrow, but if it was serious, that would be a major loss for the Hornets. Kidd-Gilchrist is their best perimeter defender and an important piece if they hope to compete for a playoff spot this year.

Derrick Rose expected to rejoin Bulls on Wednesday

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CHICAGO — Derrick Rose is nearing a return to practice with the Bulls. After undergoing surgery on Wednesday to repair a fractured left orbital suffered in practice on Tuesday, Rose’s recovery is going as expected and he’s expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday.

“The follow-up [exam] went very well,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said after practice on Saturday. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that site heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”

Rose won’t be able to participate in practice for another week after that — Hoiberg said the previously announced two-week timetable for returning to basketball activities remains on schedule — but with a radically different offense, there’s a lot to learn, and just being around the team to watch practices and learn the new play sets is important.

“We’re going to actually get over there and watch some film with him today,” Hoiberg said. “Because again, like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house.”

The two-week timetable puts Rose’s return to basketball activity around next Wednesday, October 14. From there, it will be a matter of getting him back into game shape before Hoiberg is comfortable playing him in games.

Hoiberg said earlier this week that he is optimistic Rose will be able to play when the Bulls kick off the regular season at home on October 27 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.