Celtics starting Bradley; Lee, Hunter sit out vs. Pelicans

Published Dec. 7, 2015 7:25 p.m. ET

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Avery Bradley is starting against the New Orleans Pelicans despite an illness that was bothering him on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Boston is without forward David Lee and guard R.J. Hunter.

Lee is missing his second straight game with a bruised right heel. Hunter strained a muscle in his left hip area during practice on Sunday.

Stevens says Lee and Hunter attended Monday morning's shootaround, but ''didn't feel quite right.''

Stevens says Lee realized during the stretching period he wasn't well enough to play, while Hunter pulled himself out during drills.

Stevens says Tyler Zeller and Kelly Olynyk are expected to see more playing time with Lee out.