Mar 25, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Avery Bradley (0) drives to the hoop against Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
The big story of last night's game had to be the play of Avery Bradley. Bradley scored a career high 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Bradley attributes his big night to his teammates, in addition to his increased confidence:
"I was fortunate that my teammates were able to find me in transition and get me the ball,’’ Bradley said. "I think it’s just a confidence thing. I feel more confident out there, my teammates make me feel more comfortable. Sometimes I would go into a game thinking twice about shooting. Now, if I’m open, I’ll shoot it, and I’ve been making them.’’ ...
"Definitely, when you make shots like that you feel that way,’’ Bradley said. "I think I got back-to-back layups, and that’s when I knew if you play hard, especially when you’re on the floor with [Rajon] Rondo, the ball will find you.’’
Perhaps the highlight of the season so far has been seeing Bradley transform from a player many labeled as a "bust" to a solid contributor. Coming into this season, many of Danny Ainge's critics had pointed to Bradley as a "miss" in the draft, while others had pleaded for patience. A few short months later, it seems that the majority of fans see Bradley as a rotation-caliber player at worst, who plays very good to elite defense.
Seeing nights like last night from Bradley, it makes you wonder if he'll be able to put his offensive game together consistently. If Bradley could ever become a 13 to 15 point scorer on a nightly basis, he could go from a nice player who is ultimately expendable, to a legit building block.