Garnett: Lee 'played great tonight'

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Garnett: Lee 'played great tonight'

BROOKLYN, N.Y. Prior to Boston's 102-97 loss to Brooklyn, Courtney Lee talked about his role with the C's this season.
"All of us new guys are adjusting," Lee told CSNNE.com. "We all know that you might have one role for one game, and it might be different for another game. You just have to stay ready to help when your number is called."
And on Thursday, Lee put on the kind of performance that showcased why the Celtics were so giddy as a franchise in being able to swing a deal to land him.
Lee tallied 13 points and nine rebounds, both season highs, off the C's bench.
"Courtney just came out and played," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "He didn't think about if he was starting, or not starting, how many minutes, who's playing. He played basketball tonight. When he does that, he's a great basketball player."
Kevin Garnett was among the Celtics who recognized Lee having one of his stronger performances as a Celtic.
And it could not have come on a better night with Rajon Rondo (right ankle) unable to play.
"With Rondo out, everybody had to pitch in and do different things tonight," said Kevin Garnett. "Courtney played great tonight. His energy, and the fact that the was going from Joe (Johnson) to Deron (Williams) to whoever else had it going, I thought his energy was good tonight."
But the energy Lee brought to the floor Thursday night has to become more consistent.
Not only with him, but with the entire Celtics roster.
"Like I said, it's a process," Lee said. "And we're all getting better, getting to know each other's game and how to play well with each other. We'll be fine."

Report: Pacers decide not to trade Paul George

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Report: Pacers decide not to trade Paul George

Well, so much for that . . . 

Of couse, is this is true, the breakdown of talks isn't such a bad thing:

More to come . . . 

Avery Bradley returns to practice, but injury status remains uncertain

Avery Bradley returns to practice, but injury status remains uncertain

Avery Bradley was back on the practice floor after missing the Celtics' past 16 games, but it's unclear if he'll travel to Toronto for Friday night's game.

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WALTHAM, Mass. – Avery Bradley was back on the practice floor briefly at the first gathering of the Celtics since the All-Star break.
 
Now returning to the floor in an actual game? That remains a bit up in the air.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley practiced in a limited fashion on Thursday, adding that his status for the Friday night game at Toronto remains unclear.
 
“Avery practiced about a third of the practice today which was about what our medical staff determined was the appropriate progression,” Stevens said. “He [Bradley] told me afterwards he felt really good.”
 
As far as his availability for Friday, Stevens said he did not have an update and was not told by the medical staff whether Bradley would be traveling with the team to Toronto when they leave later this afternoon.
 
Bradley is dealing with a right Achilles' injury that has kept him sidelined for the past 16 games and 20 of the past 21.
 
The news is much better when it comes to the health of Jaylen Brown.
 
Brown missed the past three games, but said he was feeling better and would be traveling with the team to Toronto.
 
“I’m looking to play in Toronto,” he said.
 
The return of Brown can only help a Celtics team that’s looking to pick up where they left off prior to the break.
 
Boston’s ascension to the No. 2 spot in the East has been fueled by wins in 11 of the past 13 games.
 
Despite that success, Stevens knows all too well that a roster change of some sort could go down at any minute prior to today’s 3 p.m . trade deadline.
 
“When you’re in position where you’re playing at a pretty good level, you don’t anticipate much change,” Stevens said. “But certainly there could be small things; there may not be. At the end of the day, my job is to try and focus on the 15 guys that are here.”