The Celtics held the Magic to 56 points last night: and Off The Dribble takes a look at the man and the technique that revived their defense. More hometown coverage of Avery Bradley's effort here.
posted by yerfatma to basketball at 03:05 PM - 4 comments
My kid got up from the supper table last night and said he didn't dare watch the Celtics game because he couldn't stand the beating. I started watching only because there was nothing else worth watching on the tube. Lo and behold, the "dead certain lock" factor was in operation. Bradley's defense seemed to be contagious. Just about everyone who was on the floor for Boston played hard on D, and just let the offense take care of itself. The play of the night was after an Orlando defensive rebound when Brandon Bass left Glen Davis with no alternative but to throw an errant pass. Bradley hustled to pick it off, headed down the lane and found Bass at the side of the basket for an easy lay up. Holding a team-any team- to 56 points in the 24-second clock era is almost unheard of.
posted by Howard_T at 04:34 PM on January 24
Ha, it was the first time I've watched more than a small part of a game in weeks. I only left it on to try to figure out what was happening. Never did.
posted by yerfatma at 04:44 PM on January 24
The play of the night was after an Orlando defensive rebound when Brandon Bass left Glen Davis with no alternative but to throw an errant pass.
I do not approve of LSU-on-LSU violence.
Kidding aside, you have to wonder whether the aging Celtics will have the legs to keep this up over the course of the season, particularly with a condensed (albeit shortened) schedule. I think the challenge for them will be trying to get to the playoffs with (hopefully) a four-seed and be in good enough shape to be able to have a string of these pull-out-the-stops games.
posted by holden at 05:01 PM on January 24
No, given how they've looked so far, I think it's more likely this was just an awesome blip on a 8 seed's season, but I don't know. It would take a ridiculous amount of gas to pull this off for a full season (unless Ray Borque left his lungs behind when he left Boston). Be interesting to see how they use Avery Bradley going forward once everyone's back & healthy (assuming that happens).
posted by yerfatma at 06:13 PM on January 24
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