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Celtics' Bradley guts it out

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Celtics player who needs a break the most this postseason isn't 34-year-old Paul Pierce, who's nursing a knee injury. Or 36-year old Ray Allen, who's got bone spurs in his ankle. Or even Kevin Garnett, who turned 36 on Saturday but is playing like he did a decade ago.

It's Avery Bradley, 21, who is determined to stay on the court despite a left shoulder that has popped out of its socket four times so far during the season.

"He is a guy who wants to be out there; a guy that wants to win and do anything he can to help," Pierce said. "A lot of young players would probably sit down and worry about their futures or careers or contract situations. Hopefully he doesn't have any long-term injuries due to the fact that he's playing."

Bradley dislocated his shoulder in Game Three of Boston's first-round series against Atlanta, but has not missed a game because of it.

"He's dealing with stuff and it's tough," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said on Sunday before practice, which Bradley sat out.

The Celtics resume the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers with Game Five tonight (7 p.m., TNT). The series is tied 2-2.


Fisher targets Lakers

OKLAHOMA CITY -- After chasing championships for so many years with the Los Angeles Lakers, Derek Fisher now finds himself standing squarely in their way.

Fisher joined up with the Oklahoma City Thunder after getting traded away by the Lakers during the season, choosing to buy out of his own contract with the Houston Rockets and sign with a team he thought had a chance of winning the NBA title.

Fisher has already won five championship rings with the Lakers, but now his new team is a victory away from knocking Los Angeles out of the playoffs. The Thunder get their first chance in Game Five tonight in Oklahoma City (9:30 p.m., TNT).

"As much history as we have, there's no holding back in terms of trying to advance to win the championship," Fisher said.

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