Originally written on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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 Avery is one of the best on the ball defenders but I'm afraid this team needs more than that to right the ship. But it sure was great to see Avery back on the court. Tommy was optimistic about Pierce's hot shooting early. Too bad he didn't have the legs to continue it in the second half. Pierce sinks his 3rd straight 3 in the 1st: "Well, he was having trouble in the last two ballgames, but tonight, he finds the rhythm!" — Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) January 3, 2013 This tweet is worth noting because Tommy takes back his criticism of the ref after watching the replay. A rarity indeed. "There's a bad call. Because it was Gasol who was pushing and shoving...Wait, looks like he had him by the jersey. I rescind my statement." — Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) January 3, 2013 Pierce worked on the boards last night, grabbing 5 of the teams 10 rebounds in the first half. He finished with 7 rebounds for the game. My question is this: if a 6'7" 35 year old can grab 7 rebounds, why can't a 6'9" or 6'10" or even 7' player (Bass, Green and Collins) grab more than 2? Rebounding take effort and we just aren't getting it from some players. Pierce grabs a rebound off of Gasol: "He got prime real estate on that one." — Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) January 3, 2013 Avery Bradley is such a pest on defense that he does indeed get into players heads. He makes them think twice about making a pass or about where he is on the court. If only his defensive intensity becomes infections. "They get so concerned about Bradley, they take their eyes off their teammates...Even when he doesn't make a steal, he's in their heads." — Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) January 3, 2013 More on the Celtics rebounding. When a 6'1" guard can steal a rebound from the trees around him, something is wrong with the effort from the bigger players. Our bigs, other than KG and Sully just don't put out the effort on the boards. "They get so concerned about Bradley, they take their eyes off their teammates...Even when he doesn't make a steal, he's in their heads." — Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) January 3, 2013 I just love the way Sully is in there battling for rebounds. He doesn't give up. In time he will get more respect from the refs. He gets some bad calls from the refs. He just needs to keep battling and he'll be something special. "Sullinger did a nice job when he was in there. He's gonna leave the floor thinking he didn't accomplish much tonight, but he did." — Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) January 3, 2013 And tonight's Tommy Award goes to Avery Bradley. The kid hustles and works hard every minute he's on the court. I loved the Rondo to the cutting Bradley connection that resurfaced tonight as well. Glad he's back. "Well, just for showing up tonight...There's not an ounce of 'non-hustle' in his body." Avery Bradley is welcomed back with the #TommyAward! — Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) January 3, 2013 [Discuss on CG Forums!]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Chuck Pagano: Colts 'further ahead than ever before'

Somehow, the Patriots are going to be just fine

Dwight Howard says he's 'still a champion' after playoff exit

WATCH: Klay Thompson takes knee to head from Ariza

DeSean Jackson skips Redskins OTAs, goes to Cavs game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Texans to be featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

WATCH: Ducks score controversial goal

Report: Ray McDonald arrested for violating restraining order

Braves, Dodgers complete six-player swap

USA Soccer, CONCACAF losers in FIFA’s ‘World Cup of fraud’

Report: Tom Brady suspension appeal date not set yet

Golden State of Being: Ugly win a beautiful thing for Warriors

Six moves that made the Warriors NBA title contenders

Lil B takes credit for Harden's terrible game, lifts curse

Riley Curry steals show at postgame news conference

Warriors beat Rockets in Game 5, advance to NBA Finals

Kentucky fan in Louisville has 38-1 sticker on car

Nick Kyrgios talks sex before tourneys, dating female players

Jared Dudley: 'Melo is most overrated player in NBA

Garrick Sherman bashes NCAA in epic drunken Twitter rant

Adrian Peterson denies reports that he wants to be traded

Report: Bulls players told Tom Thibodeau will not be back

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders "gets it"

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Six moves that made the Warriors NBA title contenders

USA Soccer, CONCACAF losers in FIFA’s ‘World Cup of fraud’

The 3-point shot has become a divisive metaphor in the NBA

Corey Crawford is the weakest link for the Blackhawks

Star player missing OTAs? Keep calm...

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Cano's slump: The good news, bad news

Disappointments of the MLB season

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with misconduct issues

Long's great reaction to Bears releasing McDonald

Crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs

Royals' Guthrie sets records in blowout

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.