Bradley to return to starting lineup soon

Bradley to return to starting lineup soon
March 16, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Avery Bradley, still working his way back into a rhythm following a right ankle injury, will come off the bench  tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans.
 
But Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said the 6-foot-2 shooting guard will return to the starting lineup very soon.
 
“Based on how he feels, he’ll be back in it tomorrow (versus Dallas),” Stevens said.
 
However, Bradley’s return will not allow Boston (22-44) a look at the team’s starting backcourt of Bradley and Rajon Rondo.
 
Rondo, who returned to the Celtics lineup following a torn ACL injury on Jan. 17, has not played in back-to-back games this season and is unlikely to do so.
 
While both are expected to be available for Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat, Stevens wasn’t sure if the two would start together.
 
Bradley had nine points on 4-for-12 shooting in Boston’s 87-80 loss to Phoenix, his first game back after missing the previous 13 with a right ankle sprain.
 
Afterwards, Bradley said he “felt fine” but knows he can’t push himself too much, too quickly.
 
“The coach, he knows better than me,” Bradley said. “I have to get back into a rhythm. I was a little rusty. He has to limit my minutes …”