|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 28, 2013 at 1:10 AM|
Avery Bradley and Gerald Wallace practiced Friday morning, one day after the two bumped knees and did not complete Thursday's practice. We should be thankful that it's nothing more.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens had downplayed the collision Thursday, even as Bradley wore an ice wrap around his right knee and received post-practice treatment. Bradley confirmed it was a non-issue after Friday's session.
"Oh, it's fine. I just banged with Gerald. I'm fine though," said Bradley. "I just iced it down and sat down in practice. I could have finished, but everybody was like just sit out."
Bradley's offense has improved this season, and especially after the slow start he had this season. Coach Stevens is good with Bradley, but expects more from his shooting guard as the season moves on.
Coach Brad Stevens sees even more room for growth from Bradley, particularly in extending his range out past the 3-point line from the top of the key.
"He’s comfortable in his role and clearly understands what he’s supposed to do, where he’s supposed to be, how he can best pick his spots," said Stevens. "I do think he’ll grow and get better and that will be something that will happen now and over time. I think he’ll get incrementally better as we move throughout the season. And I do think expanding and extending that range at the top of the key will be kind of the next step for him, to shoot those shots consistently, whether it’s off the bounce or off the pass. But he’s really picking his spots and shooting the ball exceptionally well."
Bradley downplayed the uptick in his offense, pointing to his defense as the catalyst.
"I've just been fortunate enough to be able to make shots," said Bradley. "And just playing hard on both ends of the floor, I feel like that's what gets my offense going -- playing hard on defense."
Baby steps, I thought Bradley would never hit the three ball like he has. He was short last year, and at the start this season. He finally found his spot in the corner. His confidence shows and I tihnk Stevens is setting some real goals for AB.
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