WALTHAM, Mass. -- Rajon Rondo (general soreness), Avery Bradley (ankle) and Vitor Faverani (knee) were held out of practice Thursday by the Boston Celtics. All three are listed as day-to-day moving forward, according to coach Brad Stevens.
"Avery, Vitor and Rondo won’t practice today," Stevens said. "In Rondo’s case, it’s nothing structural. He’s just sore from the continued extended minutes and also the burst that he played with [Wednesday] night [during a win in Philadelphia]. He really played with a great burst. Avery is day-to-day. From everything I’ve heard, it’s nothing structural, just a little bit aggravated last night. Sore from last night. And then Vitor is day-to-day with the knee."
Rondo and Bradley were out early getting up shots before the team's afternoon practice. Faverani tweaked his knee while playing for the Maine Red Claws during his latest D-League assignment on Tuesday and was scheduled to undergo additional testing on Thursday.
Pressed on the availability of those players for Friday's visit from the Sacramento Kings, Stevens said, "I expect that it’s going to be day-to-day with all those guys. I wish I could say otherwise. That’s what [team trainer] Ed [Lacerte] just said."
SPOTLIGHT ON GREEN (AGAIN)
Coming off a 36-point performance in Wednesday's win over the 76ers -- his second 30-plus-point outing of the past two weeks -- Jeff Green's production was a hot topic of conversation at Thursday's practice. Green acknowledged that the return of Rondo -- and the point guard's high level of play the last two games -- has opened things up a bit more for his own offense.
"All the focus isn’t necessarily spotlighted on me anymore," Green said. "You have to know where Rondo is. You’ve got to do your studying on him as well. It’s just another weapon that we have that we’re glad to have back."
Asked if he was getting easier shots now, Green added, "Yeah, for sure. That’s all a credit to [Rondo]. Some of the plays [Wednesday], with me cutting in transition, come from him. I’m going to continue to find little ways where I can try to get a good start with easy looks through him."
Despite Green's propensity to disappear at times, Stevens remains steadfast in his support for a player that leaves Celtics fans frustrated by his inconsistencies.
"I think that at the end of the day, he’s really having a great year from the standpoint of statistically," Stevens said. "You look at him from an efficiency standpoint, you look at him from a scoring standpoint. Obviously, when people have 39- or 36-point games, that opens everyone's eyes. But again, Kevin Durant doesn’t average 36 points per game. LeBron James doesn’t.
"People are going to have great nights, but hopefully he can continue to build. I think he’d be the first to say that he’s had some games that he’d like to have back. But also, he’s had some really good moments. I think sometimes we undervalue the good moments and over-exaggerate the bad ones. My job with him is to do a better job from my standpoint of helping him find success and find those shots on more nights than not."
Read on as the Celtics react to the shorthanded Lakers playing Wednesday's game with a player that had fouled out:
Rule No. 3, Section I, Part A
The Lakers dressed only eight available bodies on Wednesday night in Cleveland and, impossibly, were down to just four players when Robert Sacre fouled out with 3:32 to play in the game. A little-known rule allowed Sacre to play on (at risk of a technical foul with each of his next infractions) in order to maintain 5-on-5 play and the Lakers emerged with a 119-108 win over the Cavaliers.
Stevens learned a little something new about the NBA game while watching an odd situation from afar.
"I did not know that rule. I would have thought that you just played with four," Stevens said. "I played in a summer league game. We actually started with seven and had two ankle injuries, fouled a guy out and finished the last nine minutes with four guys once. Luckily, we had the best player on the court. But I’ll tell you, what an unbelievable story. Just watching it from afar."
Added Stevens: "When we had that game at Washington a couple weeks ago where we didn’t have that many [players out], but we were down a few guys [due to injury and a trade]. Guys know they’re playing. Guys are going to play freely and confidently. And coaches don’t have any alternative. You just coach and play and that’s who’s going to be out there. It’s kind of a free way to play and coach. And it’s kind of fun those games, even though you’re out-manned from a numbers standpoint."
Gerald Wallace said a similar situation occurred during his time in Charlotte so he was aware of the rule.
"We ran out of players," Wallace said. "I think it’s cool, because you gotta have five players. You’re already at a disadvantage because you’re technically disqualified, but if you’re going to continue to play with it, it’s a technical foul."
Asked if he took advantage of Charlotte's vacant bench by sprawling out like Lakers big man Chris Kaman did, Wallace laughed.
"No, I didn’t do that," he said. "I was still playing."