The Celtics will debut their St. Patrick’s Day sleeved jerseys tonight against the desperate Suns, who are ninth in the Western Conference. Phoenix is two games behind the eighth-seeded Dallas Mavericks with 18 games left. Phoenix welcomes back Eric Bledsoe to the starting lineup. He returned Wednesday after missing six weeks after knee surgery.
The Celtics, meanwhile, welcome back Avery Bradley, who missed 19 of the past 22 games with a sprained right ankle. Bradley will come off the bench.
BOSTON CELTICS (22-43)
PG Rajon Rondo
SG Jerryd Bayless
SF Jeff Green
PF Brandon Bass
C Kris Humphries
Inactives: Keith Bogans, Vitor Faverani, Gerald Wallace
PHOENIX SUNS (36-28)
PG Eric Bledsoe
SG Goran Dragic
SF P.J. Tucker
PF Channing Frye
C Miles Plumlee
Inactives: Emeka Okafor, Leandro Barbosa
Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Ben Taylor Kevin Scott
TV, radio: 7:30 p.m., CSNNE, WBZ-FM (98.5)
• Although Bradley is back, coach Brad Stevens has decided to bring him off the bench, his first reserve role since April 2012. Bradley said his ankle is completely healthy and he has something to play for in the final 17 games, being a restricted free agent this summer.
• P.J. Tucker returns from his one-game suspension for the Suns. He was reprimanded by the league for elbowing the Clippers’ Blake Griffin during a collision in Tuesday’s loss to Los Angeles. Gerald Green, who started Wednesday against Cleveland, will return to the bench.
• Gerald Wallace said his procedure to repair his torn meniscus was different than the one Derrick Rose underwent. Wallace had his meniscus clipped for a faster recovery. Rose had his meniscus repaired but not cut, making for a longer recovery time.
• The Celtics are expected to practice Saturday before hitting the road for games at New Orleans on Sunday and Dallas on Monday.