Rondo, Bradley uncertain to play Sunday against Mavs

Rondo, Bradley uncertain to play Sunday against Mavs
February 8, 2014, 2:00 pm
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WALTHAM -- The Boston Celtics held a light practice on Saturday, making the return of Avery Bradley (right ankle) and Rajon Rando (rest) all the more uncertain.

Coach Brad Stevens said the Celts will have a better idea shortly before they gather tomorrow afternoon as to whether one or both will play Sunday evening against the Mavericks.

"That's how we usually do it," Stevens said.

Bradley, who was unavailable for comment Saturday, has missed six of Boston's last eight games because of the ankle injury.

"He feels a little better this morning than he did yesterday," Stevens said.

Following Boston's 114-108 win at Philadelphia on Wednesday, the last game Bradley played in, he acknowledged that he had been dealing with some discomfort since he returned to the court.

"It's been feeling sore the last two games," Bradley said after the Sixers win. "I've just been trying to fight through the pain."

The potential for Rondo to not play in a second straight game has to do with general soreness, and not his surgically repaired right knee.

"I'm fine, just a little sore," Rondo said. "It's been a while since I played. It's a little sore, nothing major. The knee is fine."

But when asked if he were playing on Sunday, Rondo said he wasn't sure.

"I don't know yet; talk to my doctors, talk to my teammates and see how it goes," he said.

If Rondo does not play Sunday, it would likely mean that he will play on Monday at Milwaukee.

Stevens said earlier he was hopeful Rondo would play on Sunday against the Mavericks. But Stevens added that if Rondo played, he likely wouldn't play against the Bucks the following night.