When news broke early in the week that Avery Bradley had a fractured thumb (in his non-shooting hand) many felt it might impact Bradley’s play. Thankfully the thumb hasn’t been an issue as Bradley continued to impress in a 104-100 win over the Nuggets at the Garden on Wednesday.
Bradley scored 17 points and helped the Celtics stave off a surging Nuggets team in the final minutes of play. With the Celtics up by 2 and only 23 seconds remaining, Jae Crowder picked off an inbounds pass from Wilson Chandler.
Crowder then dished it to Bradley who was fouled and ultimately knocked down two huge free throws to seal the win. It was all too fitting, given that The Patriots and Super Bowl Hero–Malcolm Butler were in attendance.
Three Observations From The Game
Marcus Smart is The Future–It kind of goes without saying at this point, but I get so giddy when watching Smart. He got the start again last night, playing 41 minutes and he really was all over the place. Guy seems to do everything well (even grabbed 10 boards last night) and he’s only going to get better.
Sully Needs a Personal Driver–Can someone get this guy his own personal UBER Driver or wake up call–please? For some reason Sully has shown up late for two practices this week. Yes, the roads in Boston have been an absolute disaster, but that hasn’t stopped everyone else from getting there on time. Stevens has thankfully been consistent and won’t stand for any tardiness.
How Long Before Brian Shaw Gets the Ax?–It won’t be long. While his team put in an admirable second half, there is certainly internal turmoil within. The players don’t want to play for a guy that’s talking smack about them. Plain and simple.
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