According to ESPN Boston, Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley will be out for the season. Bradley will reportedly undergo surgery to repair small tears in his left shoulder.

The Celtics look to play without him on Saturday night as they plan to get past the Philadelphia 76ers in a pivotal Game 7.

"It's disappointing," said head coach Doc Rivers. "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."

ESPN Boston reports that Bradley will likely go under a four-month rehab. 

Bradley made a nice rebound in his second season, filling in well at the starting shooting guard position for Ray Allen. It's a big blow to see him out.

"Avery's a big blow, yeah, there's no doubt," Rivers said. "If I'm the other guys on any other team, and the fact that I don't have to play against Avery Bradley, I would sleep a little better. No one wants to play against Avery. Our guys don't want to play against him in practice. He's a pain in the (butt) defensively. That's what he does."

If the Celtics win Game 7, they'll face the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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