So Avery Bradley practiced today… and he went the full session without someone breaking him. That’s great… it means he’s well on his way to return to actual games. But Doc is trying to temper a little of the enthusiasm that is attached to Bradley’s return to the floor.
“We have to be a better defensive team. Avery is going to help us,” Rivers said. “But he ain’t the savior. But he absolutely is going to take a lot of pressure off of guys.”
Ummm… Doc…. didn’t you see the Hallelujah Chorus thing?
Regardless, Doc said today that Bradley will be the starter when he returns, without actually bestowing it upon him:
“Yeah (but) he’s got to get it,” Rivers said of Bradley eventually returning to the starting lineup. “But he’ll have to earn that and get it but I think on paper, it looks better. But you have to wait and see how it works once he gets back.”
And when you consider the praise he had for a Lee/Terry second unit….
“Honestly, Jason and Courtney are really great in the second unit together. They really move the ball. The last three or four games our second unit has really come in and made runs for us.”
… it sure as hell seems like the Bradley-as-starting-two guard is something we’ll be seeing when Avery is ready to go in games in a couple of weeks or so.
By the way, that quote really seems to make Courtney Lee sound less expendable, doesn’t it? Like I’ve been saying, I have a hard time believing the C’s are going to move Lee after a quarter of a season… when they made a 4-year commitment to him.