BOSTON – Avery Bradley has made the most of his playing time of late, knowing his time on the floor would be capped due to a previous right Achilles injury.
Well the cap has been lifted for Bradley, who will play today with no minutes limitations for the first time since returning from the Achilles injury. And the timing could not be any better with the Celtics hosting the Chicago Bulls who are led by a pair of dynamic wings in Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade.
Bradley will spend time guarding both players tonight, with his defense being a key to the Celtics (41-25) getting back on track after losing three of their last four, which includes a 119-99 drubbing at Denver on Friday.
When told how his teammates must be pleased that he’ll be able to play his usual minutes, Bradley told CSNNE.com, “I’m happy too.”
Bradley, who is averaging a career-high 33.4 minutes per game this season, missed 18 straight games with the Achilles injury. He has played in five of the Celtics’ six games since returning (he did not play in the first game of a back-to-back set of games at Phoenix and the Los Angeles Clippers).
Bradley comes into tonight’s game having scored 16 points against the Nuggets, his best scoring game since returning to the lineup following the injury. For the season, Bradley is the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 16.9 points per game in addition to being the team’s second-leading rebounder with 6.3 per game.