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Friday, December 27, 2013
Practice: Bradley fine after knee bump

By Chris Forsberg

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley and forward Gerald Wallace were full participants in Friday morning's practice, one day after the two bumped knees and did not complete Thursday's workout.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had downplayed the collision Thursday, even as Bradley wore an ice wrap around his right knee and received post-practice treatment. Bradley confirmed it was a non-issue after Friday's session.

"Oh, it's fine. I just banged with Gerald. I'm fine though," said Bradley. "I just iced it down and sat down in practice. I could have finished, but everybody was like just sit out."

Bradley's offensive emergence was a popular topic of chatter. The fourth-year guard is averaging a team-best 16.1 points per game on 50.8 percent shooting in the month of December. Bradley is shooting 57.1 percent beyond the 3-point arc and has shown great confidence in his mid-range shot.

Coach Brad Stevens sees even more room for growth from Bradley, particularly in extending his range out past the 3-point line from the top of the key.

"He’s comfortable in his role and clearly understands what he’s supposed to do, where he’s supposed to be, how he can best pick his spots," said Stevens. "I do think he’ll grow and get better and that will be something that will happen now and over time. I think he’ll get incrementally better as we move throughout the season. And I do think expanding and extending that range at the top of the key will be kind of the next step for him, to shoot those shots consistently, whether it’s off the bounce or off the pass. But he’s really picking his spots and shooting the ball exceptionally well."

Bradley downplayed the uptick in his offense, pointing to his defense as the catalyst.

"I've just been fortunate enough to be able to make shots," said Bradley. "And just playing hard on both ends of the floor, I feel like that's what gets my offense going -- playing hard on defense."

A few more notes from the Celtics' offday session at HealthPoint: