BOSTON (CBS) – The Celtics get back to work Friday night where they’ll take on the Phoenix Suns at the TD Garden.

Coach Brad Stevens made his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak program Friday afternoon and revealed that guard Avery Bradley (ankle) will be back in action.

“We will have Avery, although it will be somewhat limited tonight. Nothing scientific from an exact minutes standpoint, but Avery will play tonight.”

Bradley has missed 19 of the previous 22 games with a sprained ankle and has not suited up since February 9th.

As for this weekend’s slate of games, the C’s will be sporting a much different look than what we’re used to seeing.

The sleeved jersey trend that’s sweeping the NBA (to mixed reviews) will be on display for their games versus Phoenix (3/14), at New Orleans (3/16) and at Dallas (3/17).

Brad Stevens admits he was unaware of the change.

“Just shows you how much I pay attention. I’m impressed with all the gear we get anyways. I don’t know, I look forward to seeing them in person.”

Stevens doesn’t know what all the fuss is about with the sleeved jerseys after players like LeBron James have spoken out against them.

When he was growing up in Indiana, the University of Evansville was the first school to really employ that style of jerseys and used them all the way up until the 1990s, adding, “It’s been interesting to see the reaction to them in the NBA.”

Stevens didn’t have an answer for Gresh and Zolak last week when asked about Rajon Rondo’s status for back-to-back games. But it appears that after consulting with his medical staff that Rondo will not see the second game in those instances.

By that logic, with 17 games to go, Rondo will play in the 13 of those contests.

Listen below for the full interview, including the recent play of Jeff Green and much more:



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