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Your Morning Dump… Where Avery Bradley dominated on D

RedsArmyAdmin January 24, 2012 Uncategorized 10 Comments

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 Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Bradley took the veteran former All-Star apart for 30 grueling minutes. He forced five turnovers, including an 8-second violation when Nelson couldn’t get the ball over halfcourt. After it was over and the Celtics held the Magic to a franchise-worst 56 points and an unconscionable 16-for-65 shooting in an 87-56 victory, everyone was talking about Bradley. 

Kevin Garnett: “It’s very, very hard to do in this league against a player like Jameer Nelson.” 

Jermaine O’Neal: “I think he’s one of the best on-ball defenders in the game and he does at it a very high level for an extended period of time. You don’t see that.” 

Stan Van Gundy: “His defense set the whole tone for the entire thing. He took us out.”  

Doc Rivers: “That was the whole gameplan. The thing with them is you don’t want to give them a lot of clock. We were just trying to lower the clock as much as we could.”  

For good measure, Van Gundy added, “That’s the most dominating defensive performance I’ve ever had against me.” 

WEEI:  The Celtics we know

Avery Bradley destroyed Jameer Nelson.  He climbed into Jameer's shorts, got nose-to-nose with him, and made him uncomfortable every second they were on the floor together.  

And it just goes to show what happens to the Celtics defense when the opposing point guard is not living in the paint.  I've said it before, but it bears repeating… if the C's front court doesn't have to worry about rotating over to stop a penetrating guard, then they can stay in better rebounding position and they won't foul as much. 

I'm sure the defense was helped last night by a seemingly disinterested Magic team (especially Dwight Howard).  Maybe the C's beat the interest out of Howard.  But they also never allowed a second half run.  They just slowly wore the Magic down until they had nothing left.  They forced Orlando to settle for jumpers that weren't falling.  

It was the Celtics D we remember. 

Related links:  Globe: Neat trick by Celtics  |  CSNNE:  Bradley's full court defense sets the tone  |  Herald:  Bradley pleased with his defense on Nelson

On page 2:  Glen Davis talks about his return


 

So what did Davis think of the montage of some of his finest moments in green? 

“I looked really big, like really fat," Davis said. "I was like, 'Wow, chubby.' I look a little more leaner now. But it was good. It’s always good to see things like that — memories I can never forget. The fans showed love and I appreciate that.” 

[...]Celtics coach Doc Rivers still heaped plenty of praise on Davis. 

"Baby did a lot of great things for us," Rivers said. "He was on the stage when we held up the ball. And so he played a big part of that, he really did. He played his role, especially that year, [and] he was fantastic. He gave us a lot of laughs at times too, which is good for your locker room. But he did a lot of good things. He’s a better player sometimes, I think, than his act — if you know what I mean. I was very hard on him, I still am when I talk to him, about being the player and not the act, because Baby has a lot of good basketball left in him. And when he focuses on that, he does it." 

ESPN Boston: Postgame Notes:  Big Baby's return

Baby had a typically "Glen Davis" game.  His 9 shots were second highest on the team.  Only three of them were within 9 feet of the rim.  

At one point after shooting a couple of free throws, Davis was taking big dramatic breaths to try to calm himself down.

It was a nice welcome back for Baby.  Thanks for everything.  I hated the way you left… and I don't mean that you signed with someone else.  I hated the last, say, four months of your Celtics career, which paved the way for your exit.  But I wish you luck in the future and I hope you can get out of your own head so you can achieve the level of success I know you're capable of.

Related links: Herald:  Baby back in old crib  |  CSNNE:  Now gone, Baby apprciates Doc's ways |  WEEI:  Big Baby:  "The only thing I know is that I got paid a little more money"

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  O'Neal, Howard get into it during game  |  Talking points  | C's band together, shut down Magic  |  Globe:  Howard admits defeat  |  Latest injury is to Mickael Pietrus  |  With Pierce, offense is clicking  |  Herald:  Howard tips hat to C's after ugly loss  |  Celtics work Magic  |  Reliving all the Magic  |  ESPN Boston:  Banged up C's put a hurt on Magic  |  Elbows trigger JO/Howard dust up |  Magic pull disappearing act  |  MWDN:  Magical night for Celtics 

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  • djisinthehall

    The Shrek/donkey game is one of my all time favorite celtic games. They were awesome!

  • CELTICPRIDEFC

    The Celtics CAN win the title this year. They need to get back that championship swagger again behind the veterans. The 2008 title was won on the back of the Celtics D, specifically KG leading the way. This year team still has the 2008 Defensive Player Of The Year plus they have guys like J O Neal, known for his shot blocking presence near the basket, Greg Steimsma who is known to play like the white Mutombo, Paul Pierce, known for having the ability to interrupt LBJ and now the revelation of Avery Bradley who is I believe is starting to come into his own. As we all know, Defense creates Offense (thank you Mr Pavlovic). Along with the rest of the team who can be outstanding on D, there is no reason why they can’t have the most potent defense is the league. LET’S GO CELTICS…

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    ball movement and defense!! call this team old, but when they’re closing teams out in the 3rd quarter that other stuff becomes non-relevant.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lakaiordie555 Nathan

    we’re gunna find out a lot about this celtic team in the re-match thursday in orlando.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    There’s no question Bradley was a difference maker, but in the two games he’s started … only 3-15 from the field. As disruptive as AB and RR could be when paired, their inability to knock down jumpers kills the offense. However, I like the fact he was turnover free last night after posting 6 t/o’s in Washington. That’s the kind of progression we’re looking for. Whether he’s a keeper or trading chip he certainly is increasing his value. Now it’s up to Doc to figure out how to sit a superior player (RA) to make room for younger, fresher, more aggressive legs. If Bradley can improve his shooting and command the offense, as he did last night, the second unit gets that much stronger and collectively the teams’ level play will rise.

  • Classless

    Did Tony Allen kill the offense when he was here? He was equally inept at hitting jumpers but also equally effective in getting to the rim. Bradley is an athletic freak. All he has to do is drive and kick or drive and draw the foul. His defense outweighs anything else he can or cannot do.
    My fear is last night was an abberation because Doc was forced to play all the young guys due to the injuries. You could see the positive results: energy, enthusiasm, hustle…something the ancient starters had none of all year. The young guys pushed everyone to the next level last night. Unfortunately, Doc’s track record is to bury the young guys in favor of all the vets. Expect a loss tomorrow if he does.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    Right on, agreed.. most of that post-season run all together was excellent. For his sake I hope he gets back to that. For ours, I hope he sucks for the rest of his Eastern Conference career at least. The charges, the hustle… everything but ‘the act’. Problem is I think a lot of guys struggle, he doesn’t seem to know how to keep it out of the news.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    For whatever faults, AB set the tempo for that game. He was the one player on the court worth watching and following… even if it was with his defense… it was ABs defense we are talking about today, not the Defensive Player of the Year in DH!!!
    I’m with KWAPT, I am thrilled with how they played last night though am reserving much excitement until they at least get back to .500.
    * was I the only one thinking, ‘what HAPPENED to this Magic team?’ they looked awful

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    I would not compare Bradley to TA who has a size advantage and longer wing span.
    Bradley needs more room to grow to be considered a lock down defender.
    He also played 1 year in college whereas TA played four.
    True both are limited offensively, but from 07'-10' we had a more efficient offense behind KG and Perk triggering transition opportunities.
    In the half court AB remains a liability and the C's rank in the middle of the pack in pts/possessions .
    Sent from my iPad

  • michael

    Bradley proved a lot yesterday. It’s great to see his confidence building. I think Tommy H. was right-on with his comment after Bradley took it to the basket strong vs. D-Ho and got rejected hard. He’ll learn that the shot blocker is coming and figure out how to use an extra step + the rim for protetction, or kick it out to open shooter.
    I don’t hold much hope that he’ll develop a consistent jumper. If he can defend like that consistently against PG’s better than Nelson, develop more court awareness on the drive, and get into a decent FT rhythm, then more good things will come.