Found December 18, 2012 on Boston Sports Then & Now:
Avery Bradley returns to full practice Many fans had high hopes for the Boston Celtics this season with key additions to the roster and added talent. This season has been far from ideal and consistent thus far however for the Celtics. You would have to think it would take a little time for the team to bond and play with the chemistry of a championship caliber team with all of the new faces on the roster. They all need to get accustomed to their role on the new team. However, just over a quarter of the season has passed with 23 games played and the Celtics have a 12-11 record and sit in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division. Not what we were all hoping for as Celtics fans! As many fans remember last year the Celtics made a strong run through the playoffs before eventually falling to the Miami Heat in the Conference Finals. You probably don’t recall much else from last season other than the lockout taking away part of it. Do you remember how the Celtics started the season? Were they a powerhouse all season just tearing through to the Conference Finals? Although the NBA did have a shortened season last year, 23 games into the season the Celtics had a 13-10 record. Not much different than this year. With that being said don’t count them out yet even if they haven’t met your expectations this year so far. With a full season this year there are still many games to play and the talent is there for them to still succeed. The added skills from new members making their way onto the court including Jason Terry, Courtney Lee, Jared Sullinger and the return from Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox they have the talent to beat any team in the league. With veteran leaders in Pierce, Garnett and Rondo who know what it takes to win you can be sure that the Celtics still have some fire for the rest of the season! Avery Bradley made his return to the court for practice this week after having surgery on both shoulders and missing seven months of basketball. This is another reason you should not count the Celtics out yet. Look for him to make his debut in the near future with his lockdown defense to hopefully help give the C’s that spark they need. Bradley proved himself last year to be a key part to the team. He was the backup for Rondo most of the year, and even found his way into the starting lineup towards the end of the year replacing Ray Allen. Doc Rivers has mentioned he likes Lee and Terry coming off the bench because they have produced well in that role, leaving the starting shooting guard spot open for Bradley upon his return. The C’s don’t play a team with more then 13 wins in the next four games but that does not prove that they have easy matchups. The Celtics have lost to Milwaukee twice this year already and Brooklyn once. They take the hardwood tonight against Chicago who they beat back in the middle of November. The Celtics have what it takes and will turn this season into a successful year, so don’t lose hope!

Avery Bradley is practicing today!

We’ve been waiting for word as to when Avery Bradley would be ready to get back onto the floor. Well, the word has come.  And that when is today. Celtics guard Avery Bradley, sidelined since mid May due to shoulder issues that required a pair of offseason surgeries, is scheduled to engage in contact activities for the first time during the team’s offday workout on Monday in...

Doc says Bradley ‘on paper’ should become starter when healthy

While the Celtics work through their rotation issues, another piece was added to the mix today with Avery Bradley returning to practice.  While it is still estimated that his return will be in early January, it does open up the discussion of minute distribution, specifically at shooting guard.The Celtics primary problem this year has been rebounding, much of which has stemmed from...

What can the Celtics expect from Avery Bradley?

Avery Bradley is expected to return to practice floor for the Celtics this week.  The team could certainly benefit from the defense and energy that are the calling cards of the 3rd year guard out of Texas.  Bradley will need a few weeks of practice to shake off the rust, get into game shape and [...]

Celtics’ Avery Bradley Returns to Practice

According to the official Twitter of the Boston Celtics, guard Avery Bradley will practice with the C’s today in Chicago for the first time this season. Doc Rivers tells the media that Avery Bradley will practice with the team for the first time this season today in Chicago. — Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 17, 2012 [...]

Avery Bradley back to practice today

Avery Bradley will practice today #celticsabout 3 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®ReplyRetweetFavorite@GwashNBAGlobegary washburnAt the very least, this certainly makes the ****** loss to the Spurs seem considerably less important.

Avery Bradley Returns to Practice, No Timetable for Return to Games

Avery Bradley practiced on Monday for the first time as he continues his progression back from double-shoulder surgery last spring. The third-year guard took part in the Celtics’ full 90-minute practice in Chicago, according to multiple reports, without any setbacks or incidents. The Celtics play the Bulls at the United Center on Tuesday night, but Bradley is not expected to be...

The Savior is still a few weeks away

As the Celtics get ready for the Bulls tonight, Avery Bradley is trying to get himself back in the mix.  The good news is that after a couple of days working out, all is going well… but he’s not coming back for a little while. “We’ll try to get a few weeks of practice under my belt before I start thinking about playing in a game,” said Bradley, who underwent offseason...

Avery Bradley’s Return Will Not Solve Celtics’ Defensive Issues Without Other Fixes

Avery Bradley may want to get fitted for a white 10-gallon hat, or maybe blue tights and a red cape, because if he truly ends up rescuing the Celtics from their current defensive crisis, it will be a feat worthy of the Lone Ranger or Superman. When the Thunder visited Boston last month, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks could not find enough nice things to say about Bradley. The third...

Avery Bradley Returns To Practice

Celtics guard Avery Bradley, sidelined since mid May due to shoulder issues that required a pair of offseason surgeries, is scheduled to engage in contact activities for the first time during the team’s offday workout on Monday in Chicago. Bradley has been rehabbing with a mid-December return to practice in mind. He has hesitated to put a timeline on a return to game action, stressing...

Celtics Minute with Molly McGrath - 12/18/12

Molly previews the return of Avery Bradley as he participated in contact drills at Celtics practice for the first time this season yesterday. Check out our video vault for more Celtics videos, mixes, and previews.

Avery Bradley Returns To Celtics Practice

Celtics coach Doc Rivers told Boston media that guard Avery Bradley would return to practice on Monday in Chicago, marking the first time he has practiced with the team this season. Bradley has been sidelined with shoulder injuries since last May, when he elected to have surgery on his dislocated left shoulder and missed the remainder of the Celtics playoff run. He also had surgery...

Avery Bradley’s Return Will Improve Celtics’ Defense, But Team Needs More to Regain Championship Form (Podcast)

Avery Bradley is on the comeback trail, and for many Celtics fans, he can’t travel it fast enough. Without the shooting guard in the lineup this season, the C’s have yet to find their defensive identity, and the team’s inconsistent, up-and-down play has persisted much longer than many would have anticipated. With plenty of new faces in the mix for 2012-13, some growing pains...

What Celtics fans want for Christmas

With the Celtics hovering around .500 this holiday season, fans will have plenty of wants. There are the obvious ones: Wins, Avery Bradley back on the court and in a recent Bleacher Report article, Paul Pierce said he wants a championship for Christmas. The Celtics haven't been very "good" this year, so Santa probably isn't leaving a ring under the tree. Here...

Your Morning Dump…where the Celtics D is flat out awful

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. “We’re not sustaining defensive effort for four quarters, getting outworked,” Pierce said. “It’s pretty much every night. Right now we have no identity. I mean, that’s just simple and plain. We’re...

Doc: 'We're going to have to get in better shape'

The season is no longer young, and the Celtics have yet to take off the way many thought they would before the season began. 12 wins to their credit with just a week remaining before Christmas has left Doc frustrated with his talented, yet inconsistent team, per Where I think people get mixed up, there's a difference between a veteran team and a lot of veterans on...
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