Avery Bradley will play Wednesday night vs Memphis. So is our
savior starting two guard ready?
Any returning-to-action jitters for Bradley?
“No, not really,” he said. “At first I was — as I started to get closer and closer. But now I’ve just been trying to prepare, just focusing more than anything, not getting antsy. Just knowing my dates and where I need to be, when I touched those dates, and that’s been my main focus right now.”
Many have pegged Bradley as a potential savior for a struggling Boston squad that’s lost its familiar brand of defense. Bradley will aid the search for defensive consistency, but he again downplayed his ability to individually right this ship.
“I try not to worry about [expectations],” said Bradley. “All you can do is go out there and play hard and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s all I know, that’s how I play. So just go out there and leave everything out on the floor and tomorrow that’s what you guys will see.”
Despite Bradley’s return, the Celtics might still be a man down in the backcourt. Rajon Rondo’s hip remains a problem:
When you’re getting beat down the court by a big, it’s frustrating,” Rondo said. “I’m OK. I’ll be fine. It’s not like I need surgery or anything. It’s just a bruise.”
Rondo was wearing slippers and sweatpants as the Celtics took the floor for practice, and while he said he hopes to play Wednesday, Rivers wondered if that’s a good idea.
“I didn’t think he was very aggressive [Sunday],” said Rivers. “When his guy scores 27 and he scores two, that tells you all you need to know. He couldn’t move much.”
Doc has yet to decide if Bradley will start or come off the bench. I’m sure, Rondo’s availability will affect that decision.
Regardless, I’m really looking forward to Bradley harassing opposing guards.