Found March 06, 2013 on
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 average age of 26.2. However, on Tuesday night, Bradley let his play do the talking against the 76ers.
The young man who is widely regarded as the best on-ball perimeter defender in the NBA dropped his age in the win, finishing with 22 points, seven rebounds, and five assists as the C’s held on 109-101. This was a game that Boston absolutely had to have if they’re going to make a push for the fourth seed and earn home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. After playing once in seven days, the Celts now play five over the next week, including four on the road. And while they have won eight straight at the TD Garden (21-9 at home this season), they’ve struggled as the visiting team this season.
They came into this game with a 10-18 record on the road, but if there is any team that the Celtics should be able to handle in any building, it’s the Philadelphia 76ers. A team that was publicly berated last week by their frustrated coach- Doug Collins- after losing their sixth straight with a subpar effort against the awful Orlando Magic. A franchise that is completely distracted and utterly demoralized after trading key rotational players for a young seven-footer who has yet to play a game this season due to his balky knees. In other words, a team that shouldn’t have much fight left after they get hit in the mouth.
Although the C’s led by as many as 15 and won the rebounding battle 49-45, they showed some flaws in a narrow victory. When they could have closed the 76ers out and rested some of their veterans, they allowed Philly to close the third quarter on a 6-0 run and make it a close game at 79-74. Boston’s defense was porous at times, they allowed 19 offensive rebounds, and committed a season-high 22 turnovers. They were only able to overcome these mistakes by shooting a solid 50.6 percent from the field and a startling 57.9 percent from three-point range.
Bradley’s performance (10-15 from the field, 2-4 from downtown) was an indispensable part of this win as the Celtics shot well enough to hold the opposition at bay. Pierce had an excellent shooting night as well (6-10 field goals, 4-4 from deep) and Garnett played well with 18 points and six rebounds. Despite these two veterans combining for 11 of the C’s 22 turnovers, they were able to get out of town with a victory while playing under 30 minutes each.
It’s rough sledding for Boston over the next few games, as they travel to Indiana on Wednesday, and play a key home-game against the (currently sixth seeded) Atlanta Hawks on Friday before traveling to Oklahoma City for a Sunday afternoon game. Good thing their young leader helped them get the easy one out of the way, because they’ll need everything the veterans can muster during their next three contests.
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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...
8 a.m. ET: The Celtics are in for a real test. After taking care of business with wins over the Warriors and Sixers — wins that should be expected — they drive into Indianapolis to face one of the league’s toughest up-and-coming squads.
The Pacers (38-22) are really good, especially defensively. They allow the second-fewest points per game and hold opponents to the lowest field...
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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...
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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.