NBA: Celtics guard Bradley out for playoffsBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Fri, May 25, 2012 7:00 PM EDT
Boston Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley will miss the rest of the postseason after undergoing shoulder surgery Friday. Bradley had the surgery to repair small tears in his left shoulder. "It's disappointing," coach Doc Rivers told ESPN.com. "Obviously when a player goes down, that's disappointing, especially on what Avery has given us this year. His growth this year has been terrific, and it's been great, and he's become a very valuable piece to our basketball team." The Celtics will meet the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The second-year player has had a history of ankle and shoulder injuries since he was drafted as the 19th overall pick in the 2010 draft. The surgery comes after Bradley had his three shoulder dislocations during the postseason. It was determined by team officials he risked greater injury if he played after the third dislocation, which he sustained during Game 4. --Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard said Thursday he did not try to get Stan Van Gundy fired. "I hate to see anyone lose their job," Howard told TMZ.com in Beverly Hills, Calif., in his first public comments since Van Gundy was dismissed. The Magic fired Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith on Monday. It ended a tumultuous season that included a trade demand by Howard and friction between the team's star and the front office. "Me and Stan ... we had our ups and downs ... but for the most part we had one goal: to win a championship in Orlando," Howard said. "But we fell short." Howard said he appreciated Magic CEO Alex Martins for saying Howard did not spark either move. "I'm glad (Martins) confirmed I had nothing to do with it," he said. Van Gundy, 51, served as coach for five years and compiled a 259-135 regular-season record. His teams made the playoffs five times and won three division titles and one Eastern Conference championship.
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