Found January 03, 2013 on
These aren’t the Celtics. They can’t be.
That’s likely the agonizing response of many C’s fans throughout this losing streak, which was extended to four games Wednesday night when the Grizzlies showed up to TD Garden and controlled play for four quarters en route to a 93-83 victory. And the fact of the matter is that the Celtics have some serious flaws.
The C’s now sit at 14-17, which is a far cry from where many expected Doc Rivers‘ squad to be at this point. After all, the Celtics pushed the Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals last season, and appeared to add plenty of depth during the offseason.
Rivers isn’t ready to panic, though. Instead, he’s focused on getting his team to make necessary adjustments in the hopes that the C’s will soon hit their stride. In fact, the Celtics already received somewhat of a boost on Wednesday with the return of Avery Bradley, who should provide some much needed defensive help along the perimeter.
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Avery Bradley made his return to the court Wednesday in the 93-83 loss to Memphis, and he brought a little reality with him.
The team did show some flashes of confidence with number zero back and had more fight in them than the previous few games, but one thing became clear as the game progressed: Avery Bradley is not the savior of the Celtics.
Granted, he only played 20 minutes...
Avery Bradley was back in uniform for the Celtics on Wednesday, re-assuming his title as the league’s best perimeter defender. His return did not keep Mike Conley from going off for 23 points or prevent the Grizzlies from shooting better than 60 percent in the first half, but the Celtics were encouraged by Bradley’s play in his season debut nonetheless. Conley admitted he felt...
Another home game and we are treated with Tommy Heinsohn's tweets. He was very excited for Avery Bradley's return and had some high praise for him before the game.
Ready for the return? "Avery Bradley is probably the best on-ball defender in the entire league...THAT is how good he is!"
— Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) January 3, 2013
I agree with Tommy that...
According to ESPN, Boston Celtics’ guard Avery Bradley is expecting to make his debut on Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies. “Just like any other day,” Bradley said before the team’s practice. “I’m going to prepare today, we’re going to go through practice, go over the plays, make sure I know what’s going on. And tomorrow [...]
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Molly previews the return of Avery Bradley tonight and the Celtics match-up with the Grizzlies.
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During practice Tuesday, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said the team will be graced with the return of Avery Bradley, who hasn’t played in seven months and is coming off surgery on both his shoulders, for Wednesday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bradley said he hasn’t felt any pressure, he’s just happy to be back.
“Just like any other day, I’m going to prepare today...
WALTHAM, Mass. — Avery Bradley must have left his green-tinted halo at home, because the Celtics’ supposed savior was missing his angelic glow on Tuesday. Bradley has not played competitively since May 18, yet many fans and observers seem to be counting on him to rescue the Celtics from their current slide.
Bradley has heard those folks’ cries for help, but as he prepares to...
Avery Bradley returns on Wednesday for the Celtics and could be the spark they need
The Boston Celtics are struggling in 2012-2013. As the schedule turns from 2012 to 2013, the Boston Celtics are two games below .500 and their troubles are highlighted by a post-Christmas west-coast swing where they lost three games to the Warriors, the Clippers and the Kings by an average of 21 points...
After every game, we’ll take stock of how each individual performance affects the player’s overall value.
Offense: Defense: Overall:
Whether by injury, by choice, or by a lack of ability, Rondo’s defense has regressed badly. Avery Bradley started out on Mike Conley, putting Rondo on Allen, and Allen promptly exploded for a 6-8 shooting...
BOSTON — The Celtics started Friday’s game like every other since their post-Christmas hangover began. They missed makeable shots, fired up 3-pointers early in the shot clock and looked all-around lost on offense.
A funny thing happened when they looked up at the scoreboard at the end of the first quarter, though. Despite shooting 29 percent from the field and committing as many...
Rajon Rondo might not be ready to return to action for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, but fellow guard Avery Bradley expects to play for the first time this season. Bradley underwent offseason surgery on both shoulders. Rondo bruised his right hip Thursday, didn't play Saturday, then struggled through 36 minutes Sunday, scoring two points. "I'm excited, the team...
7:59: The Pacers will get lucky tonight as they will face the weak Boston Celtics. Avery Bradley, coming off his bad debut Wednesday, will play again tonight with high expectations. The only lineup change to report is that Brandon Bass will start instead of Jason Collins, who will play off the bench. The Celtics' fans' tolerance bevel is decreasing so they really need a win...
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“I think Doc is probably going to try and tweak the lineup again and do some things different. We’ll just try to be patient with this team as long as we can,” said the president of basketball operations.
Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 93-83
Still looking affected by his hip injury, Rondo was unable to penetrate as well as he normally would. Played great help defense, but with Bradley off the floor he was unable to keep up with Conley's speed due to his hip. Jumper was completely off today, and made...
Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley talk after the Celtics big win Friday night vs. the Pacers.
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