In the Bonus: Bradley thrives vs. Atlantic foes

In the Bonus: Bradley thrives vs. Atlantic foes
March 26, 2014, 3:15 pm
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BOSTON — Avery Bradley has been having a breakout season shooting the ball, especially against teams in the Atlantic Division.

The 6-foot-2 guard has averaged 16.9 points per game against his division rivals, a noticeable jump from his 14.2 points per game average against the rest of the NBA.

His improved scoring is fueled by a more balanced attack offensively.

Against the Atlantic, his percentage of shots from three-point range (25.2 percent) is the same as it is in the paint (25.2 percent). But against the rest of the NBA, there's a clearer distinction between the two shooting zones. Bradley takes 21.6 percent of his shots from three-point range against the rest of the league, and 29.2 percent from within the paint.

Although he's taking fewer shots percentage-wise in the paint against the Atlantic as opposed to the rest of the NBA, he's shooting noticeably better in his seven games against Atlantic teams versus the rest of the NBA.

Against the Atlantic, Bradley is shooting 63 percent in the paint compared to 49.7 percent against the rest of the NBA.

"I've been working on shooting the ball from everywhere, and not just the corner," Bradley said. "I've been able to knock them down. It shows that hard work pays off. Even though it's towards the end of the season, I can go into the summer with something to work on."