Found March 06, 2013 on
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Avery Bradley has always been known to be a knack on the defensive end — whether it is on-ball defending or full-court rundown blocks — but Tuesday’s 22-point performance against the Philadelphia 76ers was a true testament to his demeanor.
Last year in his rookie campaign, he wasn’t able to flourish mainly due to multiple shoulder injuries. This year, the 22-year-old guard has successfully achieved a complete turnaround. He is highly active on a consistent basis, and arguably one of the most valued players on the green team.
With the Celtics in 2012-13, Bradley is averaging 9.2 points, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game, but some, if not most of the pronounced plays he makes don’t show up in the box score.
The former Longhorn has brought a ton of leverage to the table where it is needed. In Tuesday’s contest against Doug Collins’ team, the explosive guard applied the scoring and defensive mentality as captain Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett received rest playing a combined total of 58 minutes.
No. 0′s performance against Jrue Holiday and company was beyond outstanding. From his explosions to the basket to taking 12-foot jumpers, the 6-foot-2 guard was unstoppable.
“My teammates have confidence in me and I have confidence in myself,” Bradley said after Tuesday’s 109-101 victory. “When I have an open shot, I have to take it. That’s how we play on this team. It helps us when I do that.”
Bradley’s defensive mentality has gone through various teammates, specifically fellow guard Courtney Lee. Throughout his five-year career, Lee has been an exceptional defender, but this year he is even better because the 27-year-old is feeding off of his teammate. In the past 10 games, Lee is averaging 1.2 steals per game.
The second-year guard’s presence on both ends of the floor is extremely vital if the Celtics want to rise up the Eastern Conference playoff ladder, but if he keeps increasing the production him and Jeff Green will most certainly be in the running for the 2013 Comeback Player of Year.
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Avery Bradley is starting to feel it offensively and that's bad news for the rest of the NBA.
Bradley scored a season-high 22 points last night against Philadelphia and as ESPN's Chris Forsberg points out, those points didn't come from just one aspect of Bradley's 10-for-15 game.
Bradley did a little bit of everything on the offensive end, knocking down a couple...
Avery Bradley was the Boston Celtics' top scorer against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night with 22 points, leading the Celtics to a 109-101 victory and their 3rd straight win. Boston is now only 1 game behind Atlanta for the 6th seed in the East, and 1.5 games behind both Chicago and Brooklyn (#4 and #5, respectively). Highlights above, box score below.
As tough as this might be to comprehend considering what he’s able to do out there, both Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers said today that they don’t think Avery Bradley is 100% this season:
“Although he isn’t really loud, he’s very vibrant,” added Garnett. “I don’t think he’s 100 percent [healthy], which is scary. I think he’s still working through some things with...
The Game Changer, Avery Bradley, had his best performance of the year last night as he registered season highs of 22 points (on 10-of-15 shooting), 7 rebounds and 5 assists in leading the C's to a convincing 109-101 road victory over the Sixers. Not to mention AB's tenacious, hound-like D on Jrue Holiday (18 points on only 6-of-17 shooting) and the overall energy he pumped...
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Celtics 109, 76ers 101
Avery Bradley stepped into the role of defensive leader and communicator over the weekend as Kevin Garnett (along with Paul Pierce and the rest of the 35-and-over crew) missed practice to rest up in preparation before another stretch of five games in seven days. According to ESPNBoston, the 22-year-old found his voice while leading a practice group with an...
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Avery Bradley broke out with 22 points while Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett each logged less than 30 minutes, so any criticism of the Celtics’ victory over the Sixers on Tuesday needs to be tempered with those three facts. Any time Doc Rivers‘ guys can earn a “W” without forcing their aging All-Stars to carry a heavy load — particularly on the first leg of a road back-to...
Good road win for the Celtics. The Sixers have had it rough with injuries this season. Poor Sixers fans want to root for a loss for more ping pong balls but they hate the Celtics so much that they are torn about it. Great game by Bradley. I've highlighted a few favorites. What are yours?
All the teams are tanking right now. Very hard to make progress in draft order...
The Celtics entered tonight's game in Philadelphia in a very intriguing position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. While the Miami Heat are certainly out of reach, and the Pacers and Knicks are in great position to grab the #2 and 3 seeds - the Celtics suddenly found themselves just one game back in the loss column of the Bulls, Hawks, and Nets. So while they have been...
Tonight, the Celtics continued their great play with a 109-101 victory over the Sixers. They didn't dominate as much as I thought they would, but I won't complain about this one. Going into it there was no guarantee that they would even win, so I'm happy. Avery Bradley was definitely the C's best player, with a team-high 22 points. The old guys Garnett and Pierce...
Paul Pierce had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Avery Bradley scored 22 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 109-101 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Kevin Garnett scored 18 points to help the Celtics continued their push up the Eastern Conference standings. The Celtics entered in seventh, but were no more than two games behind the next three teams ahead in the...
Tip: 7PM Court: Bankers Life Fieldhouse Watch it: CSNNE Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Rodney Mott, Brian Forte and Mark Lindsay
Tickets to this and other great Celtics game
On road: 11-18
At home: 25-6
Streak: Won 3
Streak: Won 2
Buckets: Pierce (18.6 ppg)
Buckets: David West (17.7 ppg)
The C’s pulled out an ugly 109-101 win over the 76ers, much to the happiness of the Sixer fans. Most of the fans were rooting for a loss to try and land some favorable Ping-Pong balls for the upcoming draft. The majority of comments were bashing Turner/Hawes and praising Moultrie and a lot of them were pretty witty. Continue on to check the misery of 6er Nation.