WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley engaged in some light shooting before the team's practice Saturday afternoon, but remains a game-time decision for Sunday's visit from the Dallas Mavericks.
Bradley, who missed five games last month after spraining his right ankle in Miami, twisted the same ankle in his second game back on Wednesday in Philadelphia and elected to sit out Friday's win over the Sacramento Kings.
"Other than if you had to get taped for some reason, [Saturday] is an untaped kind of light workout, so I think he'll see how he feels and we'll go from there," Stevens said of Bradley. "I think he feels a little bit better this morning than he did [Friday]. Again, we'll kind of see how it goes. He'll shoot. He'll go through all the light stuff early."
Bradley's status for Sunday's game will be re-evaluated before the team engages in a game-day shootaround at TD Garden.
Stevens applauded the way his players responded without the starting backcourt of Bradley and Rajon Rondo against the Kings, but noted that's what he expects from them.
"I hope you never hear [Boston lean on missing bodies] from the excuse standpoint," said Stevens. "Everybody here is paid to be a professional. Everybody here is paid to play basketball. And when somebody's not available, you step up and you fill that void. The big football term is, 'Next man up.' I believe in that. But at the same time, it is difficult when you don't have everybody available, and it is great that guys did step in, and all 10 guys that were available played and played pretty well."
WALLACE SORE AFTER LATEST CRASH
Gerald 'Crash' Wallace lived up to his nickname on Friday night, spilling hard to the floor midway through the fourth quarter. That didn't prevent him from flirting with a triple-double (8 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists) in Boston's win over the Kings, but the 31-year-old admitted he was feeling that spill (as part of 40 minutes of floor time) on Saturday.
"I’m sore. My whole body is sore," said Wallace. "You’ve just got to rest, take care of yourself, keep going. I’m used to it. This is the first time I’ve felt like it this season, playing that type of game. It’s just something I’ve got to deal with and move on from it."
Wallace, who made a spot start Friday for Bradley, admitted he was aware of how close he was to his first career triple-double (Jeff Green was alerting him from the sideline as he waited to check into the game). But that fourth-quarter spill took Wallace's mind off the box score.
"I think after that fall, I kind of wore down," said Wallace. "Me and Jeff were talking about it, because he was preaching from the sideline about what I needed. I think after that fall, I kind of slowed down a little it. I'm not worried about it. As long as we got the win. ... I’ll take the win over the triple-double any day."
Wallace said the NBA schedule does a number on a player's body even with just typical bumps and bruises.
"It’s brutal. You’ve just got to know how to take care of your body," he said. "You’ve got to rest. You’ve got to get treatment. You’ve got to do the things that you’ve got to do keep your body going, because, regardless of how your body feels, the games are going to keep coming. And you’ve got to prepare yourself for that. I think it’s more mental than physical, even though you have the bumps and bruises. At the same time, preparation helps out a lot in helping take care of your body."
Read on for a few more notes from Saturday's practice access:
THE GERMAN ASSASSIN: Wallace on the ageless Dirk Nowitzki: "Dirk is Dirk. He’s a German assassin. He’s going to do what he does. I don’t think he has the talent that he’s used to having around him, but we know how great of a player he is. We know how he can get going. And the main thing to control on their team is kind of controlling Dirk."
SULLY CHATTER: After Jared Sullinger put up a career-high 31 points to go along with 16 rebounds in Friday's win over the Kings, there was plenty of lingering chatter about the second-year big man. Said Rondo: "The hard thing in this league is to be consistent. And right now he’s been very consistent for us. It’s not easy what he’s doing." Asked if he was impressed by Sullinger's outing, Wallace said, "It's not impressive to me because I feel like he can do it all the time. I feel how dominant he can be on the block. He’s one of the best offensive rebounders I’ve played with. When he’s focused and zoned in, he’s pretty good down on the blocks."
GETTING OVER THE HUMP: Kris Humphries sat out the first 20-plus minutes of Friday's game, with a report that he had been late to the team's shootaround. Stevens put the situation in the rearview mirror while steering clear of it on Saturday. Asked about Humphries' limited playing time, Stevens said, "It was really more of a coach's decision, and it was based on the fact that I wanted to see Joel [Anthony] guard [DeMarcus] Cousins."