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Celtics Morning Joe: Bradley's confidence is high

Posted by shawn cassidy on April 20, 2012 at 5:20 AM

Wednesday night Bradley reminded me of Monta Ellis on some plays. Avery tied his career high 23 points Wednesday. Avrey showed his full bag of tricks, and he looked like a star. Their are still concerns with Bradley, but he keeps showing us something new, and unique. His offensive game keeps improving.Monta Ellis was also a player who had a rough rookie season, but turned it around the following year, and Ellis won the most improved player award.

“It just comes from confidence, just playing,” Bradley said, slightly exasperated. “That’s what helps you to make shots.

Bradley looks like a veteran out there on the floor. His defense was ready last year, and this season it's a different level for Bradley. Bradley has saved the Celtics this season, and I can't tell you how many times I have posted that. His growth has been something I look forward to. His impact will be needed in the playoffs, when the games count.

Bradley's 3-point streak is truly the most amazing part of this streak. Bradley has buried 11 3-pointers in the last four games, shooting 72 percent (11-for-15) from beyond the arc in the process. He just added the the 3-poiint shot, and it's big for him, because the defense needs to take him serious. If they guard him on the 3-point line, he can take the ball to the rack. Bradley has been one of the reasons for the Celtics coming to life in the second half of the season. Without him, it's hard to say where the Celtics will be.

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Reply paul
8:12 AM on April 20, 2012 
Now Ray Allen is talking about wanting to go to another team that appreciates him, and about wanting to be 'greedy' for the sake of his family. Ordinarily I would dismiss such comments with the sneer they deserve. The notion that by asking Allen to be sixth man we were disrespecting him is absurd. I'm beginning to wonder if he hasn't been exaggerating his injury a little out of pique, pique at what he should see as an honor. The few days he actually did play the role, he seemed to give us exactly what we've been needing, some offensive firepower off the bench. Is Harden being disrespected in OKC?

And this crap about his family needing the money is just nauseating. I remember Chris Paul saying that he needed to 'put food on his family'. Half of America is made up of families that are struggling to make it. More than forty million households are on foodstamps, right? Please, I don't want to hear about multi-multi-millionaires and their poor little richy rich families.

But I won't say all that about Allen. Because Allen has every right to less than happy with the constant humming of the Ainge Express in his ears. Keeping him should have been a walk in the park. Earlier this year Allen was talking about how much he loved playing here. Well, we still may be able to keep him, but it's going to cost us now.

But already the blog and media wagons are circling around Danny. They'll praise him for making the most of a bad situation EVEN THOUGH HE HELPED CREATE THE SITUATION. And when we go down early in the playoffs this season, they'll praise him, again ignoring the impact his constant trade threats had on the cohesion of a team whose hopes depend absolutely on their cohesion.
Reply Franklin
10:48 AM on April 20, 2012 
I hope we don't go down early in the playoffs Paul. As for Bradley, he will be perfect along side Rondo, and I can't wait to see how this works in the playoffs. As for Ray, I would understand him leaving after Ainge almost traded him.
Reply Celticslifer
11:07 AM on April 20, 2012 
Over the past 16 games, Bradley has averaged 14.8 points, and his shooting percent is over 50%. That's insane. Bradsanity. I hope he can perform in the playoffs.
Reply Laker hater
11:10 AM on April 20, 2012 
Celticslifer says...
Over the past 16 games, Bradley has averaged 14.8 points, and his shooting percent is over 50%. That's insane. Bradsanity. I hope he can perform in the playoffs.

It's some good stuff coming from Avery. I think he will shine. He has some fearless gene inside.