Avery Bradley was first cleared to practice with the team in Chicago. Bradley had already been playing one-on-one with former Celtic Keyon Dooling who is now the player development coach. He has also had coaches set screens on him which forced him to fight through the screens to test his shoulders.
He had a good practice and afterwards had no setbacks or pain in his surgically repaired shoulders. He had originally wanted to have 2 weeks practice and then make his debut on January 2. But after his first practice, the Celtics posted this tweet:
Doc: "Avery had a practice the other day in Chicago and half the team was asking, 'Why is he not playing tomorrow?' He was that good."
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 20, 2012
After practice today, Doc wouldn't rule out Avery playing on the road trip or even on Christmas Day. "There's a chance, but I don't know what the chances are. Again, I haven't talked to anybody. I mean the fact that he went through today's practice, but I don't know. I just try to stay out of that. It's close. I don't want anyone to feel like I am pressuring them. Avery wants to play. He wants to play the next game."
Bradley's return can't come soon enough for Rajon Rondo, who feels that Avery will be the key to winning a championship this year. He is certainly the key to getting the defense back to where it should be. I'll keep wishing and put Avery's return in the Brooklyn game on my Christmas list and who knows, maybe that's just what Santa will bring.