Originally posted on Celtics Green ...a boston celtics blog.  |  Last updated 1/3/13
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!]
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