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Jeff Green looks to come back in style
The Celtics will survive only as long as they are fully healthy. Here's a look at the well-being of some key cogs in the Celtics lineup.
Avery Bradley, SG
Last season, Avery Bradley became a crucial facet of the Celtics' strategy. He brought consistent defensive energy off the bench and later proved to be an effective slasher who could hit an open three-pointer.
When the shooting guard left Boston's unlikely Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 victory over the Heat favoring his shoulder, it was a significant blow to their Finals chances. Not only did it leave Ray Allen with the responsibility of guarding Dwayne Wade, but Bradley's absence also majorly slowed the Celtics in transition.
In order to ensure that a Bradley-type injury doesn't ruin hopes at the end of this season, the Celtics added guard depth by signing veterans Jason Terry, Leandro Barbosa and youngster Courtney Lee.
According to Nick Borges of ESPN Rumor Central, Avery Bradley is eyeing a mid-December return. His recovery will be the most important determinant of whether the Celtics will reach full strength this season.
Jeff Green, SF
After making the trip over from OKC in the currently infamous Kendrick Perkins trade, many Celtics fans questioned the reasoning behind GM Danny Ainge's decision.
Green then missed a full season due to a heart condition, weakening the Celtics' depth chart severely.
This season, Jeff Green is fully healthy once more and looking to prove to his franchise that investing in him two years ago was the right decision.
His return comes at a much-needed time considering that Boston will be without youthful defenseman Bradley for a significant portion of the season.
Big man Chris Wilcox is also returning from a heart ailment and will be with the team for the opener. Paul Pierce appears fine after suffering a sprained MCL during the 2012 postseason, but he tweaked his ankle against the Nets during the preseason.