Avery Bradley has been ruled out as his Boston Celtics prepare to face the Detroit Pistons tonight at TD Garden in Boston.
After Bradley went against the Nets with a bruised left hip both Marcus Smart, himself recently returned from injury, and Evan Turner saw upticks in playing time.
Turner took his place in the starting lineup on the second half of the home-and-home against the Nets and netted 12 points and 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. Smart played 24 minutes and contributed seven points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Smart missed 19 games with a left knee injury and the team has been careful with his minutes. In the four games since his return, he has played 13, 11, 24 and 24 minutes, respectively. Smart averaged 29.1 minutes per game prior to his injury.
Bradley is known as a tenacious perimeter defender and has really grown as an offensive force in recent years. He is shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc on 5.7 attempts per game.