Avery Bradley "very close" to returning to practice

The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn recently tweeted that Avery Bradley is very close to returning to practice:
This is good news for Celtics fans, since right now we really could use both his defensive abilities as well as the spark he provides.

WEEI's Sean Grande also had some interesting stats to back up the importance of Bradley's presence on the court:
So the Celtics are definitely better when Avery plays more minutes. However, even though Bradley might be close to returning to practice, he might suit up for the Red Claws before taking the court with the Celtics. WEEI's Paul Flannery suggests that Bradley might get a few warm-up games in the D-League before coming back to the NBA:
In any case, the sooner Bradley can return, the better.