Bradley 'fine,' will play Saturday

Bradley 'fine,' will play Saturday
December 27, 2013, 2:00 pm
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WALTHAM — One of the few constants with the Boston Celtics this season - Avery Bradley - will remain intact after missing part of Thursday's practice following a knee-to-knee collision.

Bradley, one of just two players (Jeff Green is the other) to start every game this season, said he will be able to play in Saturday afternoon's matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I just banged [the knee] with Gerald [Wallace]," Bradley said following Friday's practice. "I'm fine."

Bradley, who was able to fully participate in Friday's practice, spent the latter part of Thursday's practice session icing the knee down.

"I could have finished, but everybody was like, 'Just sit out,' " Bradley said.

His role has been one that has expanded this season from being a defensive stopper, to a viable scoring option for the Celtics. Bradley is third on the team with a career-high 13.9 points-per-game average.

"I just been fortunate enough to make shots," Bradley said. "Just playing hard on both ends of the floor. That's what gets my offense going a little bit, is playing hard on defense."

Jordan Crawford who starts in the backcourt with Bradley, has been among those pleased at Bradley's progress this into being more of a shot-maker.

"When he's making shots, he opens up things for other people," Crawford said.