After ‘good first step,' Bradley (Achilles) ‘still taking it one day at a time'


WALTHAM, Mass. -- Avery Bradley was able to practice with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, but his status remains uncertain for Wednesday's game against Toronto.

Bradley has missed 11 of the last 12 games with a strained right Achilles injury.

"It was a good first step in getting back," said Stevens who added that Bradley would have a minutes restriction if he plays against the Raptors.

 Said Bradley: “It felt good to be out there again. Still taking it one day at a time, but today did go well.”

Bradley is hopeful that he’ll be cleared to play against the Raptors on Wednesday, but there’s still some things he has to do in order to satisfy the medical staff that he’s healthy enough to set foot back on the floor.

“I have to do what the medical staff thinks,” Bradley said. “Whatever the smartest move is, that’s what I’m looking to do; making the best decision for myself and for the team.”’

Even if Bradley returns in a somewhat limited capacity, that’s huge for a Celtics team that has been without at least one member of their starting backcourt out in each of their matchups with the Raptors.

Knowing how Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan can get going in a hurry, having another body from a defensive standpoint is a boost for Boston.

“That would help a lot,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “But we can’t put all that pressure on Avery, especially coming back from an injury. A lot of guys will guard him but coming off an injury. It would definitely help us

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