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Avery Bradley back in Celts' lineup

Boston Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley will return to game action on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns, according to the team.

Bradley has missed 19 of the team's last 22 games due to a right ankle sprain originally suffered in late January. Bradley sat out five games, but aggravated the injury returning too soon. He has not play since Feb. 9, sitting out Boston's last 13 games.

Bradley participated in the team's morning shootaround and coach Brad Stevens reaffirmed that Bradley would play during his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub.

The 23-year-old Bradley has put together a quality season, averaging career bests at 14.3 points and 3.9 rebounds over 30.6 minutes per game. He's in line to become a restricted free agent after the season.

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