Speaking with Celtics coach Doc Rivers Saturday at the Cs training facility, Rivers said that Bradley didnt practice and would be doubtful for tomorrow but there was a but.
but he may play. I mean, hes so young so who knows. They just didnt want him doing anything. He just sprained his ankle, its not a severe sprain.
And clearly, its not severe enough for Bradley who insisted several times that he would, in fact, play tomorrow.
It feels better today, Bradley said. I rolled it a little bit, but Ill be fine for tomorrow.
After hearing Rivers prediction, Bradley smiled and said, Yeah, 100-percent Ill be out there tomorrow.
I just tweaked it a little bit, it swelled up, but Ill be ready for tomorrow.
With the swelling down and Bradley certain hell play, he looks forward to the matchup with some kid named Jeremy Lin you may have heard of him.
I know Jeremy is a good player, hes real crafty, Bradley said. Like I tell everybody, hes a good player. I already knew he could play; he just got his chance to make the most of it. Were just going to be prepared tomorrow and execute our game plan on how were going to hold him, how were going to defend him, and not only him but the other good players on their team.
Bradley did spend time on Lin the last time the Cs and Knicks played. The two entered the game with 2:38 to play in the first quarter. They played roughly seven minutes on each other Lins only playing time of the game. During that span, Bradley stole the ball once from Lin (leading to a layup) and blocked one of his shots. Lin missed three shots, and went to the line once (Sasha Pavlovic fouled him with under a second to play in the first quarter), and hit both free throws.
But thats been pretty much the extent of their on-court time, as it never happened before the pros.
No. We work out together in Vegas. Before the draft we worked out together, Bradley said. Were friends, were familiar with each others game.