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Report: Avery Bradley to return to Celtics practice in 10 days

Dec 6, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

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Celtics fans, it hasn’t been the best start to the season. You deserve some good news.

So how about this — Avery Bradley could be back practicing in 10 days.

That’s what A. Sherrod Blakely of is reporting. That would mean Bradley would be back on the court in game action around the first of the year.

“Avery is coming along really well,” C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told “He has had no setbacks.”

Bradley’s return to action was believed to be in the middle of this month, but Ainge said, “we’ve adjusted the timeline by a week or so just to make sure his shoulders are completely strong enough and balanced.

The return of Bradley — with his strong perimeter defense and ability to knock down the three — not only fits well with the starters but also makes the bench stronger by moving Jason Terry back there. It gives Boston some of the depth they expected but have lacked this season.

  1. barkley4life - Dec 6, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Does nothing to change the flaws of this team. Ainge put together a flawed team, that outside of injury to the Heat has no chance to be a real threat.

    Started with throwing money at Jeff Green, thinking Courtney Lee and Jason Terry where upgrades over Ray Allen, and having no competent replacement for Garnett when he goes to the bench.

    Bradley is a nice player but this isn’t changing anything.

    • eagles92 - Dec 6, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      you couldn’t be more wrong. A courtney lee and jason terry ARE upgrades over ray allen. Terry is coming along nicely and Lee does something ray allen didn’t he plays defense. And Avery Bradley is a major upgrade over ray allen hence the reason why he started over allen last year. This team is starting to come together very nicely. It started off shakey because it was pretty much a brand new team. And o I don’t think you’ve been watching that celtics latley because Jeff Green has been playing very good these past few games. The dude had open heart surgery if you thought he was gonna come right back and be lights out then you’re retarded.

      • barkley4life - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        Spoken like a biased homer Celtics fan. Courtney Lee has been a dissapoint and his defense has been subpar. Terry has been Terry but does not significantly change the offense he is role player best suited off the bench.

        The Celtics are a jump shooting with no post presence…get destroyed on the glass and outside of Rondo on the break they are terrible in transition.

        You idiots need to learn how to watch basketball. Have you seen the plus minus when KG goes to the bench. Please insult basketball intelligence everywhere when you think Brandon Bass/Jared Dudley/Chris Wilcox is a scary frontcourt.

        You have no answer on the perimeter for SF’s etc. Bradley started over Allen at the end of the year because the Celtics had nothing coming off the bench to score and in the end it blew up in the Celtics face. Bradley was so great that if the Celtics traded Ray Allen for O.J. Mayo last year he would be starting in Bradley’s spot.

        Courtney Lee…lol
        Playing 25 mins a game avg 6 pts shooting 25% from three. Played 20 mins last night…had 2 pts

        Ray Allen
        Playing 25 mins a game avg 13 shooting 45% from the floor 50% from the 3.

        MAJOR UPGRADE from Ray Allen

        Next your going to tell me that they can defend the Heat well now out of the post with Lebron at the 4 with Jeff Green and Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger.

        Not to mention, the Celtics are the worst rebounding team in the NBA -4.5. You want to talk to me again about upgrades blah blah blah.

        Thanks for playing.

    • horsnoises - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      I’m replying to this because it doesn’t let me reply to the other comment but regardless, you are still completely wrong. Yes, Courtney’s offense isn’t quite up to par with what it should be, but he plays outstanding defense and hustles. They may not show up on the boxscore, but they are essential to winning basketball. You also completely left out Jason Terry, who is scoring 11pts a game and shooting 45%, which one of the highest of guards (behind and Rondo and Ray Allen if I remember correctly, but not too much behind Ray). Also, you mentioned an “overpayed” Jeff Green…. The past few games he has been averaging somewhere around 16pts, I’d like to see someone else come off open-heart surgery and do that. The only thing I will give you is that the Celtics do not have an intimidating frontcourt besides KG (and you said Jared Dudley and I’m pretty sure you meant Jared Sullinger), but by no means is it bad. If Avery can come back and keep up what he was doing the end of last season, they will win the championship.

  2. GT - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    We won’t really know what this Celtics team is until after the All Star break.

    • barkley4life - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      We already know…they are the same Celtics team from last year. Soft, jump shooting team that outside of Rondo is slow on the perimeter and in transition. KG is a beast but Father Time is undefeated and their Frontcourt has no presence or legit depth.

      No different then the Lakers who are showing the exact same problems from last year. Can’t guard the perimeter terrible in transition.

      • legend72 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        Yep, same team that took the eventual champs to the brink in the conf championship. Quite a bit different from the Lakers actually. How many years in a row will it take for people to realize that the C’s manage the regular season to be tip top come April?

      • savoirlaire - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        You’re an idiot who knows nothing about hoops, let alone what Boston will be like in a month or two. Avery Bradley is all about guarding the perimeter, they will be a much better team with him.

      • barkley4life - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        Yes I love how you left out the fact that they didnt play with Bosh for almost 5 games…and the last two…with Bosh healthy were wiped off the court….I mean by all means leave that nugget out to keep your theory going. Homers kill me.

      • barkley4life - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        Game 6 Heat 98 Boston 79
        Game 7 Heat 101 Boston 88

        Man the Celtics were in it to the end….

        Homers kill me.

        Thanks for playing.

      • legend72 - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        The C’s had Bradley for 0 games… he neutralizes Wade. But whatever supports YOUR theory.

        Haters always going to hate.

        Got a funny feeling you’ve only played with yourself.

  3. misterdreamer119 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Brandon Bass is a stud, jeff Green will step up, the man almost died man give him time. Cs do need one more big because Wilcox is ok only.

    • barkley4life - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Brandon Bass is a jump shooting 4 who is better suited playing with a post up 5. Theres a reason why with him and KG on the court they get beat the hell out of the gym on the glass. When his jumper isnt falling consistently hes a liability and the Celtics become woefully one dimensional. Nice player but stud? Stop it. Paul Milsap is stud, Bass is a role player.

  4. paulhargis53 - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Not to mention that Green and Wilcox were out, seriously hampering their depth. That and the fact that Allen’s ankles were shot and Pierce had a knee injury that limited him. They did quite well for themselves considering.

    Barkley has been ripping on both the Lakers and Celtics….wonder who he’s a fan of…..

    • GT - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      Mhm. His opinions can be described as a “round mound” alright.

      • barkley4life - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM

        Awwwww did I ruin Homer Celtic night on PBT. Because Green Wilcox Bradley were the reason they lost the year before to the Celtics as well.

        Yes again morons overvalue role players and make every excuse in the world about how this that and whatever.

        With that thinking I bet Hawks fans are saying if Horford wasnt out the first two. Or Smith missing a GM they would have beaten you in the first round…..

        Get a clue morons. Your relying on an injured role player to put you over the top?

        And I love the fact how not one of you homer idiots has yet to talk about how to neutralize Lebron…..fact is you havent had answer in two plus years….coincidentally since Tony Allen left.

        But again dont let fact get in the way of your green colored homer glasses…because then again Chris Wilcox is the greatest journeyman role player of all time and would have put you over the top.

        Shut up already.

        I guess those three would have stopped Lebron in Game 6…please say yes so you can finally look like the idiots you are.

        Homers kill me.

  5. barkley4life - Dec 8, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Man did you guys see Courtney Lee tonight….what an UPGRADE

    That 3 point air ball in crunch time was just what the Celtics needed.

    You were saying?

    Yup I’m a hater for pointing out the obvious.


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