It is wonderful to see Jeff Green emerge. It is essential to get Pierce and Garnett back on the court. It is really nice to see the bigs starting to step up. But Avery Bradley is still one of the biggest reasons that the Celtics will be headed to the playoffs. That's a rare position for a guy that earns his paycheck on the defensive side of the ball.
But oh man what a defender. You don't have to trust me or even your own eyes. Just listen to what opposing point guards have to say about him. The latest was John Wall.
"He just cuts you off one way, and when you dribble behind your back he’s already at the next spot," the Wizards point guard said. "There’s no playing around with him. You just get by him. He does a great job of cutting people off and getting a lot of steals, so you just have to get by him.
"Not too many that will guard you 94 feet the whole game," Wall said. "I don’t know how he finds the energy to do it." Said Bradley: "I love it. We love battling against each other. He's a very good player. This is what I play the game for, every single night to play against players like John; He's very talented, very good."
Yup, and he's a Celtic. Hopefully for a long, long time.