BOSTON – Avery Bradley will continue to play limited minutes for the Boston Celtics, although head coach Brad Stevens said the 6-foot-2 guard would see a “slight” increase in his playing time tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Bradley played 15 minutes in Boston’s 114-98 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, his first game back after missing the previous 18 and 22 of 23 with a right Achilles injury.
Against the Hawks, Bradley had six points on 2-for-4 shooting to go with a game-high three steals.
Having Bradley for more minutes will be important to Boston’s goals of knocking off Cleveland, which has beaten the Celtics in each of the last three games.
And in those games, the Cavs have scored more than 120 points in each matchup.
The return of Bradley to the starting lineup has meant rookie Jaylen Brown is back to coming off the Celtics bench.
Against Atlanta, Brown had 15 points which was one of his best scoring games this season coming off the bench.
While Boston’s rotation has changed frequently, Brown’s play has been good enough to where he’s inching closer to becoming a regular fixture good enough to log steady, consistent minutes.
He comes into tonight having scored in double figures each of the last three games, a first for him in his career. In his last eight games, he has averaged 10.8 points per game.
“Jaylen has really been playing well,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “I think he’s made a strong case to stay in that rotation. We’ll just continue to play like that.”
GERALD GREEN UPDATE: Stevens said Gerald Green (heel) is unlikely to play tonight, but is progressing to where he’ll be available to play in the very near future. Tonight would be the fourth straight game Green has missed with the injury. While appearing in 36 games this season, Green is averaging 5.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.