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Your Morning Dump… Where Avery Bradley was a Player of the Month candidate

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) April 28, 2012 Uncategorized 1 Comment

Avery Bradley dunks in okc gameEvery 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.

He didn't land the honor, but Celtics second-year shooting guard Avery Bradley was one of six Eastern Conference players nominated for the final Player of the Month award of the season. 

Bradley, who averaged 15.1 points while shooting 52 percent from the floor in 15 April appearances, lost out to New York's Carmelo Anthony. Atlanta's Josh Smith and Joe Johnson, Indiana's David West, and Miami's LeBron James were also nominated. 

ESPN Boston:  Avery Bradley nominated for Player of the Month

Just another step in Avery Bradley's march to national notoriety.  

Whenever I mention to other people who haven't been watching the Celtics as closely that Bradley is a great defender and a difference maker for Boston, they scoff.  But time after time, after the Celtics have played their teams, they become believers.  

Avery Bradley is the real deal.  That is the exact opposite of what I was saying in January.  But in a matter of months, he has been unreal.  If the Celtics had acquired him in a trade at the same time something clicked with him, the basketball world would have been abuzz with "Linsanity-lite" type of nicknames for Bradley.  But because he was already here, his emergence has flown under the radar. 

Now he's a Player of the Month candidate and getting ready to show the Atlanta Hawks what's up.  Because now, every one of the 5 starters on the floor for the Celtics is dangerous.  You can't sleep on any of them, because every single one of them will burn you somehow.  

Fired up for tomorrow yet?

Related links:  WEEI: Avery Bradley is ready for playoffs

On Page 2: The Big 4's group interview with CSNNE

 

CSNNE

The Big 4 sat down for a rare group interview (in fact, I don't know if I've seen all four of them sit for something like this).  They talked about the possible end of the road for this group, the doubters, Doc Rivers, how lucky Rondo feels to be part of the group, and more.

Wait till you get to KG and the rest of the guys talking about the Garden:  "This place is as electric as it gets."  You'll get pumped. 

It's almost 12 minutes long, but it's worth the watch.

The rest of the links: 

Herald:  Matchup by committee  |  Fading hopes for Ray Allen in game 1  |  KG not done yet  |  CSNNE:  The "Celtics Way" starts with mentoring at the top  |  WEEI:  KG and Josh Smith: The non-center matchup  |  Sean Grande's awards ballot  |  Allen's status in doubt for playoffs   |  Globe:  Allen still hobbling, availability uncertain  |  Eastern Conference capsules  |  Western Conference capsules  |  Globe staff predictions  

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  • sev

    did rondo get a player of the week honor recently…i know kg and pierce have this year, but how can rondo not be considered. Player of the week would make less sense than player of the month, as he has been on that assist tear where he would have passed cousy if it wasn’t for a shortened season and sitting for health reasons. How could that historic run be ignored, but yet bradley has a post talking about consideration. Don’t get me wrong I love bradley, but Rondo is getting double digit assists not even close to ten and for like 25 straight games or so, not to mention all of his triple doubles. He gets recognition, but I still think he is underrated, as he can get quite a bit out of 2nd unit players. If I’m wrong and he has earn that award without me knowing, my bad, but I usually pay attention to everything celtics. Him and Kg the big reasons IMO for the record, but thats hard to say when you need pierce, bass, steamer and bradley doing what they do. Sorry long message