Avery Bradley Injury: Updates on Celtics Guard's Hip and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) waits for a foul shot during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is dealing with a hip injury that required him to miss multiple games. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Bradley Active vs. Grizzlies

Sunday, Jan. 10

The Celtics confirmed Bradley is active versus Memphis and will start at shooting guard.

Bradley Has Struggled With Injury in 2015-16

Bradley sat out two games earlier in the season with a leg injury and has played more than 70 contests in only one year of his career.

He will be missed on the offensive end because of his ability to stretch the floor with his three-point shooting, but Boston needs his defense if it hopes to reach the playoffs for the second straight year. Bradley is frequently asked to defend the opponent’s best guard and is versatile enough to defend the ball-handlers and scorers.

Fortunately for the Celtics and their fans, the team has a number of guards who can shoulder more of the load if Bradley is limited in his return or once again goes down due to injury.

Marcus Smart can fill into Bradley's defensive role as a perimeter disruptor, and Isaiah Thomas can serve as a primary scorer. Boston also has a number of young players, including James Young, R.J. Hunter and Terry Rozier, who would see more minutes.