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If Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley doesn’t start at some point in the near future once he returns from his shoulder injury, then there must be serious problems. Head coach Doc Rivers has to have seen enough from the Courtney Lee and Jason Terry duo starting games in the first unit. Lee has been brutal and Terry is much better coming off the bench. Terry is also a very poor defender so Bradley will certainly help balance the first unit more effectively than the other two players. The team took off last season when he was inserted into the lineup and he will also provide the team a lockdown defender in the backcourt.
Will Bradley in fact start when he returns? He definitely should, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Rivers eased him into the lineup a little bit before immediately giving him 30-35 minutes a ball game. I wouldn’t have too much of a problem if this happened as it will be tough for him to just immediately start playing a ton of minutes without having played a full game at all this season. He will certainly need time to get acclimated. Practices are obviously helpful, but they do not simulate live game situations. Playing against the same guys in practice all the time is all well and good, but going up against players like Dwayne Wade and Russell Westbrook is an entirely different scenario. This is especially true when you are unfamiliar with the plays those teams will run for them.
Avery Bradley will make a huge impact in due time for the Celtics and the organization has to be ecstatic to get him back shortly.