Rondo and Bradley both out vs. Kings

Rondo and Bradley both out vs. Kings
February 7, 2014, 7:15 pm
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BOSTON — Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley are back together again, but this is certainly not what the Boston Celtics had in mind.

Rondo (rest) and Bradley (right ankle) will both sit out tonight's game against the Sacramento Kings.

Phil Pressey and Gerald Wallace will get the starting nods in the backcourt, joining a first team that includes Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger.

Those who buy into the Celtics looking at ways to "tank" games this season will see resting Rondo as a move by Boston to help their cause, especially after seeing him participate in some light shooting prior to the team practicing on Thursday.

But Celtics head coach Brad Stevens insists that Rondo, who returned to the floor last month following a torn right ACL injury on Jan. 25 of last year, is out tonight because of general soreness.

"He's played nine games in 20 days and hasn't done that for a year," Stevens said. "It's a cumulative effect of that; nothing structural."

In fact, Stevens said Rondo is expected to play against Dallas on Sunday but will likely be held out of Monday's game against Milwaukee but be available for Boston's last two games prior to the All-Star break.

As for Bradley, who already missed five games due to a right ankle sprain, came in for treatments this morning and went on to the floor to test out the ankle prior to Boston's pre-game shoot-around this afternoon.

"It didn't feel good," Stevens said of Bradley's ankle injury.

It isn't clear if Bradley, who has missed significant time throughout his pro career with an assortment of injuries, will be healthy enough to play on Sunday against Dallas.

When asked if he thought Bradley's injury will linger this season, Stevens said he didn't think so.

It's a twisted ankle on top of a sprain," Stevens said. "Obviously anytime you have a sprained ankle, there's a concern of it lingering. It (his most recent injury) was more of an aggravated thing that happened during the game, then it is necessarily something that's lingering."

Their absence affords guards such as Jerryd Bayless an opportunity to play more, something that isn't lost on the veteran reserve.

"It's your job; you have to be ready," Bayless told CSNNE.com. "Everybody says you have to be ready when you're name is called. I think that's a lot easier said than done."

This is especially true with teams rebuilding and minutes more often than not, fluctuating.

"Most guys do a pretty good job with it, especially on this team," he said. "It's just kind of the way it is with the makeup of this team. You just have to keep yourself locked in and if you get a chance to play, make the most of the opportunity."