The news is in on the status of several players heading into a pivotal Game 4 and it is good for both sides. For the Celtics, Avery Bradley and Ray Allen will both be active.
Bradley appears to be the guy to keep a closer eye on, as the left shoulder injury he suffered has been a source of concern all season according to Doc Rivers:
“He is going to give it a go. We’re just going to kind of see how he feels and just go from there,” Doc continued. “It’s a concern…..a concern tonight and moving forward as well. But we’re just going to throw him out there, we just got the okay about 10 minutes ago, so he’s just going to try to see how it feels.”
When asked about how the injury has popped up all season, Doc became more candid: “It’s happened three or four times and it’s come back in,” said Rivers. “That was the only scary part, that it didn’t go right back in. I guess each time it comes out, you lose strength and you can’t play again until the strength returns.”
“It’s happened three or four times and it’s come back in. That was the only scary part, that it didn’t go right back in. I guess each time it comes out, you lose strength and you can’t play again until the strength returns.”
Moving on to Allen, the sharpshooter was encouraged by how his ankle responded to the day of rest:
“(Saturday), I couldn’t do anything. It was throbbing. I got in and I got treatment. Just all day, it felt like I was pulling my leg around, but I woke up this morning and I was back right where I hoped I’d be. That’s just the cost of doing business, I guess.”
Larry Drew also confirmed in the pregame that Josh Smith will get the start at power forward. Al Horford, who has not played since January 11th when he suffered a torn left pectoral muscle is active tonight and is warming up with his teammates on the floor. No word yet on whether he will see the floor for Game 4 in what would be a very nice surprise for Atlanta.