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After missing the last 13 games and 19 of the last 22 due to a nagging ankle sprain and bone bruise, Avery Bradley returns tonight against the Suns.

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Finally.

Finally, we get to see what was once the back court of the future in Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley play together again.  We've seen them in fits and starts already, but the next 17 games (realistically, 13 because Rondo does not plan on playing in back-to-backs) could either solidify them as the starters for next season or put Avery's restricted free agency in question.

Rajon Rondo & Avery Bradley - The Future (via zero1two3four5six)

Finally, we get to see if they can create that spark from 2011-2012 that ignited that injury-ravaged team to get to the Eastern Conference Finals and more importantly, made Ray Allen leave town.  Jerryd Bayless has been good in the starting lineup, but I like him more as a sixth man and the first guard off the bench.  Rondo will be able to free up Bradley for open jumpers and find him with those back door cuts.  They're a terror defensively, too.

It'll be a great test tonight, too.  Rondo and Bradley will be matched up against Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe as the overachieving Suns come to the Garden.