Pietrus to return against Hawks

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Pietrus to return against Hawks

BOSTON Mickael Pietrus was at the Garden early, getting up a few shots.

It was yet another sign that the 6-foot-6 wing was close to returning to the floor after suffering a concussion.

"We'll see," he said when asked by CSNNE.com when he would be back on the court. "Hopefully soon."

Apparently "soon" meant tonight, with C's coach Doc Rivers announcing that Pietrus would in fact be in the lineup tonight against Atlanta.

"We're not going to play him much," Rivers said. "Maybe 5, 10 minutes. But he's been cleared. He worked out yesterday. This is good to ease him in instead of just throwing him in. That's how we're going to do it. The sooner we can get him on the floor, the better."

Rivers had said he was hoping Pietrus would return in time for the playoffs, which begin in a couple weeks, a timetable that Rivers thought was a bit optimistic on his part.

"I didn't expect to see him, maybe this year," Rivers said. "So anything is good. I'm very surprised."

His return comes at a good time for Boston, with Ray Allen out with the same ankle injury that sidelined him for six games last month.

Rivers said he expects Allen to play on Friday at Toronto, but acknowledged his growing concern with Allen once again re-aggravating his ankle injury.

"It just swells, I don't know," Rivers said. "It is what it is."

Rivers said he does not know if the ankle will at some point need surgery, but added, "I'm just more concerned that this is the second or third time that it's happened. So that's concerning."

Pietrus suffered a concussion on March 23 at Philadelphia, a game in which he was in the starting lineup in place of Allen who was out with an ankle injury.

In a phone interview with CSNNE.com the day after suffering the concussion, Pietrus said he did not remember what happened after he landed hard on the court.

"Every time I see it, it just makes me cry," Pietrus said at the time. "Because I know it could have so much worse for me."

Report: Celtics fail to make trade at deadline

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Report: Celtics fail to make trade at deadline

At first, hopes for a superstar coming to Boston were dashed . . . 

And then, hopes of anyone coming to Boston were dashed . . . 

Of course, is this is true, the breakdown of the George 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.

Boston Celtics, Avery Bradley, Jaylen Brown, Brad Stevens, Toronto Raptors, A. Sherrod Blakely 
 
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.”