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“It’s all about confidence. Sometimes I would go into games thinking twice about shooting. Now, if I’m open, I’m open and I’ll shoot it.”
Which is easier at “shooting” guard.
“Obviously you can tell he’s far more comfortable at that position (shooting guard), and unfortunately for him in a lot of ways, we have to play him a lot at the other position,” Rivers said. “But I think it gives him confidence. One of the things I’ve said consistently all year is he can shoot the ball. And, you know, he was making me a liar for most of the year, and it was great to see them go in.
“I thought there was a point where it was clearly confidence, because you see him in practice he makes them. Then he gets in the game, and he just needed one to fall.”
At 6-2 and 180 pounds, Bradley is undersized for a shooting guard. Quickness is his number one asset. It allows him to ball-hawk on defense and, as we witnessed last night, run super-sharp cuts on offense.
But… bigger guards like Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant would man-handle him in the post. Just look at the size of any starting shooting guard. I would say the average size is 6-5, 210 pounds.
Let's fast forward to next season. Could the Celtics role out a starting backcourt of Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley? Even if Bradley develops a solid jumper, can that duo co-exist defensively?
Related links: WEEI – How good can Avery Bradley be? | Globe – On this night, Bradley's a shooting star | ESPN Boston – Bradley making most of his shot | CSNNE – Bradley has career night for Celtics |
On Page 2, Greg Stiemsma's laundry list of injuries.
He has a bone bruise in his right foot, plantar fasciitis in his left, a jammed thumb and a dislocated finger. Yet, he still put the best half of his young NBA career on display last night with 10 points and seven rebounds in the first 24 minutes of the Celtics’ 88-76 win against Washington.
“There’s all of those bumps and bruises you get, but with the way things are right now you don’t have a choice,” Stiemsma said. “I’ve worked too hard to get to this point to let a couple of little injuries keep me off the floor. It’s been a journey to get here, so I’m not going to let something keep me off the floor. You kind of feel it in the warmups and on the bench, but once you get out there you get into the flow of the game. You try to limp through it. There’s not a good second option.
“The feet are a little bit sore, but no time to rest them. I’m getting a little treatment, and I feel good.”
Stiemsma's list of ailments reminds me of the scene in Road House where Dalton gives the doctor his dossier of medical records.
He's playing tough and doing everything required of a legit back-up NBA center.
Stiemsma is a smart kid. He's been thrust into the spotlight because of the injuries to JO and Chris Wilcox. Even if he's not in the Celtics plans next season, he's putting on a show for other teams. He can't let injuries limit this opportunity.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Pietrus diagnosed with concussion | Celtics home in, defeat Wizards | Herald – Doc says Pietrus improved | Plenty left in reserve | CSNNE – Game recap | Why Garnett calls Hollins a friend | ESPN Boston – KG, Hollins talk friendship and intensity | W stands for Weird | Is Rondo passing up shots? | WEEI – KG: I don't make a lot of friends |