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The Savior is still a few weeks away

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) December 18, 2012 Avery Bradley, Injuries 10 Comments

As the Celtics get ready for the Bulls tonight, Avery Bradley is trying to get himself back in the mix.  The good news is that after a couple of days working out, all is going well… but he’s not coming back for a little while.

“We’ll try to get a few weeks of practice under my belt before I start thinking about playing in a game,” said Bradley, who underwent offseason surgery on both shoulders. “Right now we’re taking it day-by-day still, just seeing how I feel. As of now, I feel great.”

Celtics coach Doc Rivers had similar thoughts on Bradley’s first full-contact practice with the team in about six months.

“He practiced great, didn’t need a lot of rest,” Rivers said. “The good thing about a shoulder injury is that your legs could stay in shape.”

We’ll see what that means.  The past few months has consisted of Bradley giving his own updates as to his recover and seemingly surprising Doc Rivers with them.  This could be another one of those, or a little bit of a ruse coordinated by the team, or the truth.  Regardless, we’ll have to wait and see how a few more practices treat Bradley.

As for this “savior” stuff…

I’m sick of media outlets over-simplifying things into one-sentence questions that can be horribly mis-interpreted.

Calling Bradley “the savior” makes it sound like we expect him to become LeBron James and carry the team out of the doldrums himself.  What we are saying… and I say “we” because I know I’m not alone here… is that Bradley does the things the Celtics need done, and when he does them, other guys don’t have to.  And when those other guys don’t have to, they can go back to doing their own job.

I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but it’s not Bradley alone that “saves” the Celtics.  It’s the fact that Bradley allows the rest of the team to do better things that helps save the Celtics.

It’s semantics… sure… but saying “savior” carries with it connotations that only sustain talking heads on TV, and carry no weight in any real Celtics discussion..

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  • eddysamson

    I think you’re saying hes not a savior type like LBJ because those types of players carry the game offensively. When it all comes down to it thats how you win in its simplest form, points.

    What do you call a player, then, that could potentially be in MVP talks for his defense alone? Okay maybe not, but if they are saying JJ Watt has a chance at MVP in the NFL, why not?

    I guess what I’m saying is that people never look at strong defenders in the same way they look at “saviors” because saviors make game winning shots and thats flashy.

    I think your break down of what he does for the team is exactly the reason WHY he could be a “savior” type player, hes just a different flavor than LBJ.

    • Me

      yea because they are more offensive thinkers but for me, personally I call AB’s D alone “saviour” I really don’t care if he shoots threes or runs the alley oop with Rondo, just give me that great, intense D and save this team from their Defensive troubles and whatnot. Man, can’t wait for him to get back on court

  • Raphael

    I guess people don’t look at AB’s potential, the Kid can be the next Jason Terry with mad defensive skills and athleticism. KG said once that when AB is on the floor he inspires guys, for a HOF like KG to say that about a 3 year player — really says something about the kid.

    • Me

      lol JT a defensive beast?! c’mon now and AB shoots threes every now and then but really? a great 3 point shooter?…..

  • terlo

    too much pressure on this young man shoulders. from teammates, fans.. hope he delivers

  • RedsLoveChild

    Bradley, Rondo, Sullinger are Boston`s 3 solid “building blocks”.

    Surround them with a couple of athletic bigs with young legs, a couple of savvy vets…and this team will pop!

  • screaming jay

    Oh hell yeah…2 seconds left in the 3rd quarter, Rondo steals the ball, GREAT camera position for a highlight! Please make a GIF of this, I would if I knew how to do it.

  • Aaron

    Putting a lot on a guy who had half a good season. Ahhhem. See jermemy Lin. Idiots.

    • eddysamson

      Jeremy Lin had an explosive 2 weeks, went through a horrible injury, and is now trying to establish himself. He isnt doing terrible but he isnt playing like those 2 weeks. Probably due to his recovery, but who are we to say?

      Avery Bradley single-handedly turned the season around last year. Not only that but he kept up his spectacular play while seriously injured. He blocked shots, fought through screens, dunked the ball, shot the ball, all with serious shoulder injuries.

      It all depends on how he recovers from that. If the shoulders arent a problem, I dont think we’re going to be dealing with a Jeremy Lin type case here.

  • KGino

    Avery Bradley is to defense what derrick rose is to offense