The Celtics defense right now sucks. I mean… it flat-out sucks. It will get better, but watching plays like this just make me want to vomit.
I know it will get better, because the Celtics’ best defender will be back next month. And there’s no way guys on the court can play lazy, terrible defense when Avery Bradley is out there hounding guys full court.
Just ask Jason Terry… who was one of the guys last season that begged Bradley for some breathing room on the court.
“If it wasn’t me, it was (Mavericks teammate) Jason Kidd, and (Bradley) would literally pick us up full court,” Terry said. “One time I asked him in the middle of the game, ‘Come on, young fella, you’ve got to back up a little bit,’ and he said, ‘Man, this is the only way I can stay on the court.’”
Bradley had figured out how to stay on the floor for coach Doc Rivers. He wasn’t going to change. And as he later discovered, Bradley had disrupted Dallas’ scheme.
“I didn’t know this because I was so into the game, but (Terry and Kidd) didn’t want to bring the ball up the court,” he said. “They had Dirk (Nowitzki) bringing the ball up the court.”
I love that Bradley response… “this is the only way I can stay on the court”.
Once again, we turn to video guru Jay (a.k.a. MrTrpleDouble10) who read that same Herald piece and compiled a little video of what real defense looks like, from that Celtics-Mavs game in question.
Ahhhhh…. isn’t that nice to see? Active feet, hustle, great instincts. So great… even though he got called for b.s. foul when he clearly drew a charge at the :49 mark.
We know the drill by now. The C’s need time to get their defensive act together. But part of that time is the time it will take for Bradley to return. His effort is infectious out there. The Celtics need him.