BOSTON Going as far back as grade school, Avery Bradley always saw himself as a good defender.
But somewhere along the playgrounds of his youth, Bradley developed an offensive game that made him one of the most sought-after high school players in the country.
On Wednesday, Celtics Nation got a chance to see both sides of Bradley's game as the C's shook off a rusty start before pulling away for an 89-70 win.
Maybe no sequence of events better explains just how well-balanced Bradley's play was on Wednesday, than a 21-second sequence in the third quarter.
After checking into the game for Rajon Rondo, Bradley drilled a 3-pointer.
But that wasn't the best part.
On the ensuing defensive series, Bradley's suffocating defense was among the factors to contribute to Jordan Farmer losing the ball.
"He came in like a bloodhound; nose over the ball," said Boston's Kevin Garnett. "He was on their guards from the jump; from the minute he came into the game from the time the horn went off."
And it was fitting that Bradley's breakout game (4-for-8, 11 points, 2 assists, 2 steals) began with his play defensively.
"As a young guy, you don't really know what your role is and especially it's the beginning of the year," Bradley said. "But now I understand what my role is and I'm going to continue to come in and do whatever I need to do for my team to win."