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Bradley hopeful recovery time quickens with patient approach

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Bradley hopeful recovery time quickens with patient approach

WALTHAM Patience is the lesson that keeps on teaching when it comes to Avery Bradley who once again finds himself out with an injury heading into training camp.

It seems to be paying off, as Bradley remains on the mend from surgery to both of his shoulders.

During the Boston Celtics' media day on Friday, Bradley said that he is "months ahead" of schedule in his recovery.

If that's the case, there's a chance that he could be back on the floor for the C's sometime in November.

"At first they (doctors) said I was coming back in January, but now they say I'm months ahead," Bradley said. "That makes me feel good that I am making progress."

Bradley hasn't been cleared to do any shooting yet, but instead has been working to strengthen both shoulders and, "try not to do things I'm not supposed to be doing; listen to the doctors. They're so proud of me because I haven't been trying to do too much."

He added," I know if I touched a basketball, I probably would have shot it. I've just been taking my time, listening to everything they tell me to."

And in Bradley's case, doing less means a quicker return to the floor.

The 6-foot-2 guard emerged last season as one of the best on-the-ball defenders in the NBA.

The injuries bothered him throughout this past season, but became too much to handle during the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat last season.

"Throughout the year, I just kept pounding it down," Bradley said of his right shoulder. "My right one started to come out at the beginning of the year and I kept playing through it. Then there was a period I wasn't playing at all so the right one kind of healed itself. Once I started playing, my left one started to I tore everything. It was hard, but I wanted to keep playing. But it got to the point I couldn't play."

In his absence, the Celtics will go with Courtney Lee who was acquired via sign-and-trade this summer from Houston. Bradley understands he will have his hands full if he is to resume his starting job once he's healthy enough to start playing again.

Still, Bradley is adamant in stating that he will not rush his return to the lineup.

"I'm just trying to lay low, not rush anything back," he said. "Just take it day-by-day so that when I come back, I come back strong."

Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

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Marcus Morris targeting Oct. 30 game vs. Spurs as date for Celtics debut

WALTHAM -- It appears Marcus Morris’ debut for the Celtics will be when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 30.
 
The 6-foot-9 forward confirmed to reporters on Monday that, for now, that’s the target date.
 
Morris spent time after practice playing some one-one-one against rookie Jayson Tatum.
 
“I’m trying to push on it a little more,” he said. “Felt pretty good beating the rook’s ass one-on-one.”
 
The addition of Morris to the lineup can’t come soon enough for the Celtics (1-2).  They have already lost Gordon Hayward (ankle) for the season, and Marcus Smart (ankle) missed Friday’s win over Philadelphia. Smart said he would probably be in uniform for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. 
 
Those injuries have forced the Celtics to dig deeper into their roster, resulting in several first-year players seeing action. 
 
Having a veteran like Morris on the floor would bode well for the Celts in their quest to remain among the better teams in the East this season. 
 
Morris, who went through the non-contact portion of practice on Monday, joined the Celtics on Oct. 5, shortly after he and his brother Markieff (who plays for Washington) were acquitted of assault charges involving an incident in Phoenix in January of 2015. He appeared in one preseason game, scoring seven points on 3-for-6 shooting from the field.

Coach Brad Stevens said Morris was having some knee discomfort when he showed up for training camp. That, combined with showing up late to training camp because of his court case in Phoenix, resulted in him not having the level of conditioning he’s used to at the start of training camp. 
 
“It’s not that I’m in bad shape,” he told NBC Sports Boston earlier. “It’s just that I’m not where I expect myself to be conditioning-wise, right now.”
 
Morris echoed similar sentiments on Monday. 
 
“I’m in great condition,” he said. “I just want to be a little better. My conditioning has never been the problem. It’s the soreness in my [left] knee. It’s gotten a lot better over the past 10 days, so I feel I can play now. But be cautious because it’s a long season.”
 
Morris was acquired in the summer by Boston from Detroit, in exchange for Avery Bradley. The move was done to not only ensure there was enough salary cap space to sign then-free agent Gordon Hayward, but also for the Celtics to add a versatile player who can play both forward positions.