In the Bonus: Rough February for Bradley

In the Bonus: Rough February for Bradley
February 26, 2014, 3:00 pm
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BOSTON — The return of Avery Bradley to the Boston Celtics lineup isn't expected until the end of this week at the earliest.

When that time comes, he'll be looking to bounce back from what has been a less-than-stellar month of February.

After seeing his scoring average rise each of the first three months of the season, Bradley's scoring dipped to just 12 points in February. The sample size is small, just three games, after an ankle injury has kept him out of action for most of the month.

Often a player's greatest strength can at times develop into their greatness weakness. That has been the case with Bradley whose ability to knock down mid-range jumpers most of the season, has actually been at the core of his more recent shooting struggles.

In the month of February, Bradley has shot 28.6 percent on mid-range jumpers, the ninth-lowest shooting percentage in the NBA.

The numbers clearly do not mean much to Bradley, who has adopted the mentality of most NBA scorers - keep on shooting.

In fact, Bradley took a higher percentage of mid-range shots (70 percent) in February than he did in November (50 percent), December (46 percent) or January (49.2 percent).