WALTHAM, Mass. — Avery Bradley must have left his green-tinted halo at home, because the Celtics’ supposed savior was missing his angelic glow on Tuesday. Bradley has not played competitively since May 18, yet many fans and observers seem to be counting on him to rescue the Celtics from their current slide.
Bradley has heard those folks’ cries for help, but as he prepares to make his season debut Wednesday against the Grizzlies, he has tried to tune them out.
“I try not to worry about it,” Bradley said Tuesday at the Celtics’ practice facility. “All you can do is go out there and play hard. That’s all I know how to do. That’s the only way I know how to play, just go out there and leave everything on the floor, and [Wednesday] that’s what you guys will see.”
Within the team, the expectations for Bradley are tempered by the reality of his injuries and the length of his layoff. Celtics coach Doc Rivers pointed out that even if Bradley completely shuts down one opposing guard, the Celti...