Bradley to start vs. Wizards


Bradley to start vs. Wizards

BOSTON We've seen how Avery Bradley has responded when given a chance to start in place of Rajon Rondo.

He's once again playing the role of fill-in starter, only now it will be in place of Ray Allen (ankle) who is expected to be out tonight against Washington as well as Monday's game at Charlotte. Boston will be without Mickael Pietrus (concussion) as well, with no indication as to when he will return to the lineup.

There are a series of tests players with a concussion have to take before they can return to the court, and Pietrus is yet healthy enough to take the tests.

Bradley, who helped the C's to a 6-2 record in Rondo's absence, is playing with a sore ankle as well.

"It's kind of bothering me a little now, but it's not taped up," Bradley told "But it'll feel better once I get it taped up. I'll be ready to go."

Bradley added, "I know my team needs me to play. We have some guys that are hurt. Right now, I feel I can play on it."

With Bradley to start, the C's will also look to rookie E'Twaun Moore to provide help in the backcourt. Marquis Daniels and Sasha Pavlovic, but they were never really considered options to start in place of Allen.

"(Jordan) Crawford's a quick, two-guard," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "So I don't think that's a hard decision."

"This is what me, E'Twaun (Moore), Sasha, all of us, live for," Bradley said. "We know we have to step up for our team. We all feel comfortable out there. We just need to do what we can do, and that's play good team basketball which I know we can do."

Having previous experience as a starter can only help, Bradley said.

"It definitely does," said Bradley, who at the time had not been told for sure that he was starting. "I'm sure Sasha (three starts this season) feels the same way. It makes you feel more comfortable out there, knowing what the usual starters want from you and what Doc (Rivers) wants from you. It definitely helps."