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Avery Bradley makes return to Celtics lineup

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Avery Bradley used to tape his ankles before games, practices, shootarounds, etc., but this season, the Celtics guard decided to stop.

“More than anything, I just didn’t want to tape anymore,” he said Friday.

But then Bradley sprained his right ankle against the Heat in mid-January, tried to return too soon after a five-game absence and aggravated his sprain, which kept him sidelined for 19 of the past 22 games entering Friday.

“As a result of me not taping, I injured myself,” Bradley said before he finally returned to action against the Suns at TD Garden.

Though Bradley has started 43 games this season, coach Brad Stevens elected to bring him off the bench and play him limited minutes as the guard shakes off the rust after having not played or practiced for weeks.

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