|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 4, 2013 at 5:30 AM|
He looks surreptitiously, ready to take the ball from your fingertips. He nods his head over at KG, and then dives right into his work. Death drips off the head of the enemy with ball pressure designed to put fear in anyone's mind who challenges anything different. Bradley's rope of circumscription closes in, and the confidence that anyone may have had on him faded away with every stab at the ball. Bradley has slowly molded his game into a nice balance of scoring, and All-NBA type defense. The only issue with Bradley's rise has been the lack of non calls. The refs seem to be ready to blow the whistles.
The refs haven't done their homework when it comes to Braldley. In Avery's recent game, he was guarding the streaking Steph Curry. Bradley averages 2.7 fouls per game while playing 28 minutes per game so far this season. Bradley, and Pierce share a team high 2.7 fouls per contest. The difference between the two comes down to minutes played. Pierce is on the floor at least 6 more minutes per game then Bradley. In Avery's past 10 games his average has gone up to 3.5 fouls per game. That's an extra foul a game, but his increase in minutes may play apart in that. Bradley has averaged near 33 minuets per game in the past 10 games.
I think the numbers don't show what's behind the issue. Not every game has been an issue, but Bradley has faced foul trouble more than once this season, and the NBA needs to send a memo to the refs. They need to be fair, but it seems as if he's getting rookie calls, and not getting respect yet from the refs.
Will Bradley finally find an escape from his captor? Who has mistreated him severely. For reasons unknown. He's that good, and more than half the calls that are given to Braldey have no merit in my eyes. What do you think about Bradley's short comings with the refs?