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Despite Avery Bradley being in his fourth season with the Celtics and considered starting caliber for two of those years, Sunday was just the 30th time he and Rajon Rondo were in the starting lineup together.
Injuries to both have delayed the Celtics’ ability to determine whether this combination could be effective long term. The Celtics took a couple of years to determine Bradley wasn’t a point guard and he was left in limbo because he wasn’t considered a good enough shooter to be considered a shooting guard.
Those days are past, and against the Magic in a Sunday afternoon matchup at TD Garden, the duo combined for 36 points on 15-for-23 shooting with 12 assists, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals in the 96-89 win.