The Boston Celtics could see the return of guard Avery Bradley on Wednesday, but he might have to make his debut while Rajon Rondo sits on the sidelines.
Bradley has yet to play this season as he has been rehabbing from shoulder surgery, but coach Doc Rivers said he will enter the starting lineup once he is healthy enough to play. Bradley has said that he is preparing as if is just a regular game day for him. Last season Bradley established himself as one of the best defenders in the league. The Celtics hope his return can help bolster a struggling defense and put an end to a three-game losing streak.
Ending that losing streak will be a lot harder if the Celtics have to do it without Rajon Rondo, who sat out of practice with a hip injury. Rivers said, "with Rondo and his hip, we don't even know what Rondo's going to do. We know we're not going to practice him today, and not sure if he'll play tomorrow." Rondo sat out on Dec. 29 against the Warriors and didn't look like himself in a Dec. 30 loss to the Kings.
If Rondo is unable to play, Bradley may have to help take some of his ball-handling duties on Wednesday when Boston hosts the Memphis Grizzlies.