BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Celtics need plenty of help on the floor, but they should get a bit of a boost on Sunday when they host the Orlando Magic.

Guard Avery Bradley is expected to return from a right ankle sprain that has kept him out for the last week.

“I don’t see any reason why right now why he wouldn’t play on Sunday,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said after Boston’s 95-94 loss to the 76ers on Wednesday.

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The Celtics have gone 1-4 in Bradley’s absence, dropping each of their last four. Boston has missed his strong play on the defensive end, with opponents averaging 101.2 points over the last five games. Bradley is also having a career year on the offensive end as well, averaging a career-high 14.5 points  and 4.1 rebounds per game.

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Plenty can change between now and Sunday, but the return of Bradley would greatly help Boston on both ends of the floor and give Rajon Rondo a little more breathing room on the defensive end as the star point guard gets back to form.



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