Avery Bradley returned to the floor on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns, scoring nine points on 4-of-12 shooting in 17 minutes. Bradley had missed 19 of the last 22 games the C's played leading up to his return, battling various right-ankle sprains.
There is usually no rhyme or reason to an athlete's injuries -- usually.
In this case, however, Bradley believes he knows why he missed time: He stopped taping his ankles.
It's a practice that the 23-year-old had grown accustom to before every practice, every game, and even every shootaround.
"More than anything, I just didn't want to tape anymore," Bradley said before his return. "As a result of me not taping it, I injured myself."
Bradley spoke after the game about how he felt (yes, he has gone back to taping his ankles).
"I feel fine," Bradley said. "It's a little sore, but I'm going to ice and I'll feel better tomorrow."
Bradley also said that he didn't feel his old injury influenced his game in any way, though adding that it may take a few games to get back into the rhythm of basketball again.
"No problem," he said of the right ankle. "Confident in it, I tried not to think about it."
Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens spoke about Bradley after the game, saying he thought Bradley played hard and did "a lot of good things."
"Hopefully it's like riding a bike," Stevens added, "he'll come right back into it."
Bradley will be active again tonight against the Pelicans.