BOSTON – Avery Bradley will be back in the Boston Celtics’ lineup tonight after missing the previous four games with a right Achilles injury, head coach Brad Stevens announced a few minutes ago.
The return of Bradley strengthens a Celtics roster that’s already playing some of its best basketball of the season, evident by wins in eight of their last 10 games.
And they face a Charlotte team that has dropped four in a row, and are in jeopardy of slipping below .500 for the first time this season.
The Hornets did not have their leading scorer Kemba Walker available the last time they played Boston.
“But again, the things we have to do remain the same,” said Hornets head coach Steve Clifford. “Our pace and play last game was good. I was surprised at the quality of shots we had. But you can’t have breakdowns defensively.”
Which is where having Bradley back in the mix will bode well for Boston’s chances of extending their current season-long home winning streak to seven.
Bradley’s return isn’t the only good news on the health front for Boston.
Kelly Olynyk, coming off a season-high 26 points in Boston’s 103-101 win at Atlanta on Friday, suffered an ankle sprain prior to the team’s practice on Sunday.
Stevens said it wasn’t serious and Olynyk will be available to play tonight.
The only players out for Boston are Tyler Zeller (sinus infection) and James Young (right ankle sprain).