Boston Celtics hit by injury to key man

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The Boston Celtics will have to cope without their most inform player for "a couple of weeks", according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

Starting shooting guard, Avery Bradley, suffered an injury in the second quarter of the Celtics' 93-86 loss to the Heat Tuesday night when trying to cut of Mario Chalmers in transition.

Despite trying to continue it quickly became apparent Bradley would play no further part and, after intentionally fouling Chalmers to allow a change, he was unable to return to the game.

Now it seems the injury will keep the 23-year old out for up to seven games, at a time when the Celtics are struggling already to maintain a healthy roster.

With Rajon Rondo on a minutes restriction as he continues to recover from his own injury, and Jerry Bayless out with a sprained toe, Bradley's injury affords an opportunity to recent 10-day contract signings Vander Blue, and Chris Johnson, who played 25 minutes against the Heat.

Bradley himself had been playing some of the best basketball of his pro career, topping the team's scoring charts since December with an average 15.9 ppg

The Celtics match up against the Washington Wizards tonight will be the first game Bradley has missed all season having started the previous 43.

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