Bradley cutting things up for the Celtics

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Bradley cutting things up for the Celtics

WALTHAM When the Boston Celtics drafted Avery Bradley, he was billed as an athletic combo guard who could score.

But little did anyone know at the time that Bradley's best means of generating points for the C's wouldn't be with him knocking down jumpers, or by beating defenders off the dribble lay-ups.

It would be lay-ups, courtesy of some really crisp cutting to the basket.

Yes, it's such a very basic play. But it has become a bread-and-butter bucket-maker for the Celtics, who hope to continue that trend tonight against the San Antonio Spurs.

The C's have spent a good chunk of this season teaching the 6-foot-2 guard how to cut to the basket effectively within their system.

Teaching him how to do it, is no longer needed.

"He's not learning anymore," Rivers said. "He knows how. He had the instinct and didn't know it. And now he's doing it. Now, he's just doing it on his own instincts. It's all him now."

And it could not have come at a better time, with Bradley seeing an increased role with the Celtics due to Ray Allen's right ankle injury.

In Bradley's first stint as a fill-in starter, he replaced Rajon Rondo who was out for eight games with a wrist injury.

Part of Bradley's responsibilities then included initiating the offense, which to a large degree made it difficult for him to be an effective scorer cutting to the basket.

Plus, at the time, Bradley wasn't nearly as comfortable doing it as he is now.

"I'm just trying to keep working hard and doing whatever I can to help my team win games," Bradley told CSNNE.com. "If that's playing good defense, scoring, whatever it is, I'm willing to do. As far as scoring, my teammates are doing a great job of finding me."

Bradley has had a number of solid games scoring, but none compare to the career-high 23 points he scored in Boston's win over Washington on March 25.

As you watched Bradley score at will against the woeful Wizards, it all seemed to come so easy for him.

He'd run from one sideline to the other, and when Rajon Rondo or Paul Pierce penetrated the lane, he'd find an avenue to fill, they would pass him the ball . . . lay-up.

Over. And over. And over again.

Everyone seemed impressed by Bradley's ability to score except Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman, who was not all that impressed with Bradley's career night scoring.

"I could have scored those lay-ups," Wittman said at the time. "I am being serious. We didn't have anybody guarding him. He ought to send us a postcard of thank-yous or something for allowing him to score."

While Bradley will likely go back to the bench with Allen expected to start tonight, you can expect him to continue to find ways to make an impact, one cut at a time.

"It's like something has been freed up in him," Rivers said. "He sees it now. He reads it, and he's fantastic at it now."

Bruins set roster for tonight’s preseason game in Detroit

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Bruins set roster for tonight’s preseason game in Detroit

The Bruins' lineup for Friday night’s preseason game in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena against the Red Wings will include players from both practice groups filling into a more veteran-laden B’s lineup in Motown.

The Matt Grzelcyk-Adam McQuaid pairing that wasn’t great on Wednesday night will get right back into it, and the John-Michael Liles-Brandon Carlo pairing that was so good on Monday night will get another look as well. Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, Anton Khudobin, Dominic Moore, Joe Morrow, Riley Nash and Ryan Spooner will be the established NHL veterans along with McQuaid and Liles suiting up for Boston’s first road exhibition of the preseason.

Here’s the entire lineup, with Boston now serving as one of the last NHL teams that is yet to make any cuts from their camp roster: Matt Beleskey, Anton Blidh, Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Brian Ferlin, Alex Grant, Seth Griffith, Matt Grzelcyk, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Jeremy Lauzon, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Adam McQuaid, Dominic Moore, Joe Morrow, Riley Nash, Zach Senyshyn, Ryan Spooner.

The Bruins will be traveling to Philadelphia for another preseason game on Saturday and that may perhaps be the first time B’s fans get to see returning World Cup veteran players David Backes, David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask after they began practicing with the camp group on Thursday morning at Warrior Ice Arena. 

 

 

Bergeron ties it, Marchand wins it for Team Canada in World Cup final

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Bergeron ties it, Marchand wins it for Team Canada in World Cup final

Team Canada has the Boston Bruins -- two in particular -- to thank for a championship.

Patrice Bergeron tied the game on a power play at 17:07 of the third period, and Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal with 43.1 seconds left to win it as Canada defeated Team Europe, 2-1, Thursday night and won the World Cup of Hockey title.

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