The Celtics are 5-1 since Avery Bradley returned to the lineup on January 2nd. Dating back to the beginning of last season they are 31-13 when he starts, and 38-40 when he doesn't (including the playoffs). Before Bradley came back Boston was allowing an average of 98.1 points per game. In the 6 games he's played they are giving up just 85.8 PPG. There is no doubt his presence on the floor has had a dramatic impact. So what I'm wondering is, why isn't Bradley on the court more? He's averaging just 23.2 minutes per game so far, and often sitting in crunch time in favor of Jason Terry or Courtney Lee. I posed this question on twitter to MetroWest Daily News beat reporter Scott Souza, who had this in response:
@lucidsportsfan Doc did say in past week "by the playoffs" he hopes Avery Bradley is getting fourth quarter minutes. Won't take that long.
— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) January 13, 2013
Souza gave me this quote from Doc Rivers in reference to Bradley during a pregame inte...