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Avery Bradley Is (Also) Indispensable

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Two Avery Bradley plays stood out for me in Game 1 vs. Philly, both in the 2nd half:

1) Long rebound. Rajon is on the fast break, right side. Avery starts running to catch up and passes Rondo like RR's STANDING STILL... grabs the ball in mid-dribble flying right by everybody, gets to the rim and WAM, reverse layup for 2. Beautiful.

2) Later, 3:04 to go in the game, Philly gets the steal. Lou Williams is running down the right sideline going for the easy layup. Bradley sees the whole thing and immediately starts running to meet him -- covers the entire length and width of the court, his eyes never leaving the guy with the ball. He measures Williams step for step, and as the red shirt goes up for the layup, there's Avery jumping straight up in the air, way, way high... easily and cleanly blocking the shot. Rondo recovers the ball, and then he and Avery race to other end, except AB's doing a figure-8 on the court and still arrives at the rim all alone, ready for the pass and the easy 2. Rondo finds KG instead, who gets the And-1. No problem. Disaster averted. Just another day at work for the kid.

(You can see most of that 2nd play here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmRdCqPAevs
and starting at 2:38 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLp8L-pntkE )

Avery Bradley is an INCREDIBLE athlete. For all the (real) heroics of Rondo and especially KG, this team needs Bradley to do his thing too. And really, nobody in the NBA can do it quite like AB does. Kid's amazing. A total pleasure to watch.

Be respectful and keep it clean. Thanks.

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