Rondo, Garnett named to All-Defensive second team

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Rondo, Garnett named to All-Defensive second team

PHILADELPHIA The Boston Celtics are a prideful team defensively, evident by having a roster filled with defensive standouts.

But some clearly stand out more than others, which is why the Celtics' imprint on the NBA's all-defensive teams was not surprising.

Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo were both named to the NBA's All-Defensive second team.

In addition, Avery Bradley was among the players receiving votes who was not named to the first or second team.

On the NBA's All-Defensive first team were MVP LeBron James, Dwight Howard of Orlando, Serge Ibaka of Oklahoma City, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, and former Celtic Tony Allen of Memphis.

Joining Garnett and Rondo on the second team are Tyson Chandler, the league's Defensive Player of the Year winner, Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.

For Garnett, this will be his 12th all-NBA Defensive team selection, but just the third time he was named to the second team.

As for Rondo, this is the fourth straight season he has been a first- or second-team All-NBA Defensive team member.

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

Bradley (Achilles) 'felt good' during return to Celtics lineup

WALTHAM, Mass. – As the final horn blew in Boston’s 108-98 win over Charlotte on Monday night, the game was a win-win kind of night for Avery Bradley.

The Celtics (26-15) continue rolling over opponents at the TD Garden, and he played a relatively pain-free 33 minutes in the win.

It was Bradley’s first game back after missing the previous four with a strained right Achilles injury.

And the fact that he was back on the practice floor on Tuesday (be it a light practice, mind you), bodes well for his injury being a thing of the past now.

“I felt good. It wasn’t sore at all in the game,” Bradley said. “I felt I was moving good. After the game I was a little sore and this morning, but otherwise I felt good.”

Despite Boston being 4-1 this season when Bradley doesn’t play, he has immense value to this Celtics team at both ends of the floor.

Offensively he has been Boston’s second-leading scorer most of this season and currently averages a career-high 17.7 points per game along with 6.9 rebounds which is also a career high.

And defensively, Bradley is coming off a season in which he was named to the NBA’s all-Defensive First Team for the first time.

Any questions or concerns about the Achilles affecting his play defensively were put to rest Monday night when he put the defensive clamps on Nicolas Batum who missed nine of his 11 shots from the field while primarily being guarded by Bradley.

Now his offense, that’s another story.

Bradley failed to reach double digits scoring for the first time this season as he missed seven of his nine shots on Monday to finish with just five points.

But part of that had to do with Bradley passing up shots he normally takes, as well as him missing some he normally knocks down.

Considering his lay-off and the rhythm his teammates have been in shooting the ball in his absence, Bradley wisely decided to get his defensive bearings on track and gradually bring his offensive game around. 

“I have to get my (shooting) rhythm back,” said Bradley who is making a career-best 40.9 percent of his 3-pointers this season. “I’m fine. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”