Avery Bradley tried playing through his shoulder injuries but eventually had to leave the second round series against Philadelphia, had surgery and didn't return until January of this year.
The Game Changer is now one of the most important players on this Celtics team and sans Rondo, he will certainly be relied on if the Celtics dream of getting anywhere this post-season.
It was always obvious that Bradley gave 100% effort all of the time and he shouldn't feel bad for leaving his teammates with shoulder injuries last year. Still, if he feels like he has to make up for something, a win over a New York team in the first round sure would be sweet.
Via Chris Forsberg