BOSTON -- Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley underwent a second evaluation Friday with the team concerned he might have suffered a concussion after a hard collision in Wednesday's season-opener, but tests were negative and the third-year guard is in the starting lineup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Bradley collided with Toronto's Kyle Lowry midway through the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss and hit the ground hard. He stayed in the game, but the team held him out of practice on Thursday while testing him for a concussion. Both initial tests and a reevaluation on Friday were negative.
"He was reevaluated this morning, no concerns moving forward," said coach Brad Stevens.
Asked about the scare, Bradley offered simply, "I'm fine."
The Celtics will trot out the same starting 5 from Wednesday's opener in Bradley, Gerald Wallace, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, and Vitor Faverani.
"Obviously, both teams are going to be hungry to get into the win column, so we’re going to have to play really well," Stevens said of a matchup of 0-1 foes. "We’re going to have to do a great job of defending their scorers, particularly from behind the arc. And then trying our best to manage the interior with these guys and hopefully we pick up on where we left off on the first and third quarters on Wednesday on the offensive end."
The Bucks are playing without guards Luke Ridnour (back) and Brandon Knight (hamstring). Gary Neal gets the start, but Stevens gushed about rookie backup Nate Wolters.
"It’s a really interesting thing. First of all, I think Brandon Knight’s really good; I think Ridnour’s really good," said Stevens. "But the guy I think that makes everybody better at the point for them is Wolters. It’s an interesting thing, I’m a big fan of Wolters. I have been, I’ve watched him play for a long time. He is a tremendous savvy guy, he can pass the ball, he can drive, he can score it, he can shoot off the dribble. I don’t know where he was ultimately picked, but he’s a heck of a pick because he can play the game. And I think he’s going to have a career here for a long time based on what I can see."