The need for Avery Bradley is growing exponentially with each embarrassing Celtics defensive performance. Once again Bradley’s name surfaced as a possible salve following the Celtics’ stunning 118-96 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday at Sleep Train Arena.

Bradley is expected to return for the Celtics’ next game, Jan. 2 against the Grizzlies, and his defensive prowess is needed. The Celtics have allowed an average of 108.3 points in the past three games and yielded seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter Sunday.