Breaking down Bradley's struggles vs. Bucks

Breaking down Bradley's struggles vs. Bucks
December 3, 2013, 4:00 pm
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BOSTON — Milwaukee has had the Celtics' number all season, fueled by a number of Boston players having less-than-stellar performances when playing the Bucks.

But among the C's to struggle, few have had as tough a go of things as Avery Bradley.

The Celtics' third-leading scorer with 12.7 points per game, Bradley failed to break double digits scoring in each of the two games against Milwaukee -- both losses.

Breaking down Bradley's struggles even more so shows just how atypical his struggles against the Bucks are relative to his play against the rest of the NBA.

When facing Milwaukee, Bradley is averaging 8.5 points while shooting just 27.6 percent from the field. Against the rest of the league, he's averaging 13.2 points while knocking down 45.4 percent of his shots.

Looking further into Bradley's shooting numbers shows a mixed bag of results.

The three-point shot accounts for 17.2 percent of his shots taken against the Bucks, which is a mere two-tenths of a percent (17.4) below the percentage of three-point shots he takes against the rest of the league.

And yet against the Bucks, he has missed all five of his three-point attempts while he's shooting 31.6 percent on threes against the rest of the NBA.

When it comes to mid-range jumpers, they account for 55.2 percent of his shots against Milwaukee compared to 48.2 percent against other teams.

But more mid-range jumpers isn't doing anything for Bradley's shot-making.

Of the three main scoring zones -- three-pointers, mid-range and the paint -- the biggest difference in what he shoots against the Bucks and the rest of the league comes when he's shooting mid-range jumpers.

Against the Bucks, he's making just 31.3 percent while nailing 47.6 percent of his mid-range shots against the rest of the NBA.

Bradley has also looked to drive the ball into the paint more this season, but is taking a smaller percentage of shots in the paint (27.6 percent) against Milwaukee than he does against the rest of the league (34.4).

That makes sense when you see that he's making just 37.5 percent of his shots in the paint against the Bucks, while 49.3 percent of his shots against the rest of the league end with baskets.

Bradley's struggles seems to come down to one thing: He's simply not making the shots he normally makes.

And sadly, it seems to be a team-wide epidemic when facing Milwaukee.

"We definitely had a good amount of looks and just weren't able to knock them down," Bradley said after Boston's 92-85 loss at Milwaukee on Saturday. "Probably every 3-(pointer) we took was wide open. I feel like (tonight) will be different."

The change Bradley was referring to was a team-wide one, of course.

But the first change he needs to make is with himself and his shooting.