We often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics. Here’s a look at some enemy chatter from northern California.
The second reason Curry impressed me is what he did to Avery Bradley. It can’t be overstated how great an on-ball defender Bradley is. He has achieved near-legendary status in Beantown already, in parts of 2 injury-riddled seasons. And since Rondo went down, he has stepped into the breach and helped this Celtics team go on an amazing run.
Curry destroyed him. I’m not joking. His shot clearly wasn’t available, as tightly as Bradley was covering him, but Curry took the challenge and got the better of Bradley. How? By making him pay for his overplays with clever lean-ins, on dribble drives, on three point shots, and simply bringing the ball up the court. Curry put 5 fouls on Bradley by early in the third quarter, and went to the free throw line 10 times as a result. On other nights, with a team coming along for the ride, Curry’s effort might have been enough to steal the game.
Interesting perspective. One that could also be labeled as wrong and hilarious.
I’ll lay out the head-to-head numbers and you be the judge:
- Curry and Bradley were on the floor together for 7:06.
- Curry had 1 point, 0-1 FG, 1-1 FT (technical), 2 TOs and 0 fouls drawn on Bradley
- Curry and Bradley were on the floor together for 6:17
- Curry had 7 points, 1-4 FG, 5-5 FTs, 1 TOs and 2 fouls drawn on Bradley
- Curry and Bradley were on the floor together for an even 4 minutes.
- Curry had 2 points, 0-2 FG, 2-2 FTs and 2 drawn fouls on Bradley
- Curry and Bradley were on the floor together for 32 seconds.
- Curry had 0 points, 0-1 FG
- Curry and Bradley were on the floor together for 17:55.
- Curry finished with 10 points, 1-7 FG, 8-8 FTs, 3 TOs and 4 fouls drawn on Bradley.
Upon further review, I think Mr. Feltbot might want to edit his blog post and replace “destroyed.”
Editor’s Note: My data is calculated with ESPN’s play-by-play game breakdown. It’s quite possible my math is a bit off, but the teachers at Wyman Elementary school in Warwick, RI were pretty damn good in the late 70s and early 80s.