|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 26, 2012 at 8:15 AM|
Problems, problems everywhere the Celtics look. It's either rebounds,or another injury of some kind. The problems always exist here and there. No solutions have been found until today. Their was a time were Bradley felt trapped. As if he had nowhere to go. Scared to make a step, or leap to the basket. What if it's the wrong way, that's what it looked like on his face. He looked petrefied. Words of wisdom are there to comfort him. Stepping out of his box was the first step. HIs team doesn't want Bradley to be scared because his value means so much.
The Celtics don't want Bradley to look back. They want him to just move forward. They want Bradley to give it all he has.
Friendships come and Friendships go Like waves upon the sand. Teammates come and go. Like day and night Like snowflakes when they land on your head, and they melt away. But Rondo, and Bradley are something else. Their friendship's here to stay. I have been calling for both Rondo, and Bradley since Bradley started for Rondo during an 8 game stretch when Rondo sat out with an injury. I wasn't a fan of Bradley, but he won me over this season. By each play, and by each game. I haven't called for Bradley over Ray in the starting unit. But I have called for more playing time with Rondo. I feel like Rondo needs a player who can keep up with him, and in the first quarter it was their for the world to see.
They have a connection, one of a new type of affection for each other on the court.. They seem like one undying and complete always banded together one that will last forever. Untouchable to thieves who desire to steal Bradley from the Celtics. Two hearts of passion for the game of basketball connected to minds so alike. It looks like they have connected like living and laughing together never known to fight for any such reason. In harmony perfected they abide. Running , together taking each stride. Connected to the point where words don't explain what's really happening. As if the words printed before were printed in vain. Connections neither can break what's happening right in front of us.
"One of the things I’ve said consistently all year is that he can shoot the ball and he was making me a liar for most of the year," said Rivers. "It was great to see them go in. I thought there was a point that it was clearly confidence, because you see him in practice and he makes them, then he gets in the game and he just needed one to fall."
Bradley entered Sunday's game as a question mark, hobbling a bit as he navigated the locker room in Philadelphia after spraining the left ankle that made him unable to return in the second half of a loss to the 76ers on Friday night. With Allen nursing a bum ankle of his own, Bradley didn't just play, he got thrust into the starting lineup and produced his finest offensive game as a pro.
Bradley made all seven shots he took in the first quarter, including only the third 3-pointer of his career (No. 2 had come two nights earlier in Philly), and single-handedly outscored the Wizards with Boston on top 27-12 thanks to his 15 points after one frame. Teammates fed off his energy and pushed the lead to as high as 25 before the intermission and coasted from there.
Bradley acknowledges his confidence has grown this season as shots have started to fall.
"It’s all about confidence," he said. "Sometimes I would go into the game thinking twice about shooting. Now, if I’m open, I’m open -- I’ll shoot it. And I’ve been making them."
His teammates showered him with praise after the game, especially on a night that both Allen and backup shooting guard Mickael Pietrus (concussion) were unavailable.
"We know he can play the position," said Pierce, who overcame some early shooting woes of his own to chip in 21 points. "He’s just gaining more and more confidence as the year goes on, with his shot and his ability just to play out there with any lineup at the 1 or the 2. It was good to see.”
Added Kevin Garnett: "I thought he was aggressive. We encourage him to be aggressive often. I thought at the same time, he took shots that were there for him. I don't think he did anything that was out of the offense or out of the ordinary. And he played solid. He played very, very solid for us."
Bradley will have another go tomorrow with Rondo, and it's the real test. Can they prove to us that it will work? I hope so!