Scal on Scal

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Scal on Scal

If you havent read Sam Smiths story on Brian Scalabrine, go do that now.

First of all, because Smith does an amazing job of putting the whole thing together. Second of all, because Scalabrine has a few really interesting things to say.

Ive always wondered what Scal really thought about the insanity surrounding his time with the Celtics. Even though he rose to levels of ridiculous cult fame here in Boston, did the lack of respect ever get to him?

Deep down, did it hurt his feelings that so many people laughed at and mocked his NBA existence?

Here's what he had to say about that:The way I look at it is if thats the case (people are mocking me), thenand no disrespectyoud have to be an idiot. That I won some contest to be in the NBA? Or that I dont have to fight every day? That Im not the first guy on the floor and the first in the weight room and the last to leave? That I havent been waking up 5:30 my whole life to train? Id have to think youd are an idiot to think Im a joke. They might, which would be disappointing. Maybe it is that. But I know why Im here.

That's pretty cool. And in retrospect make a lot of sense. After all, if that kind of thing really bothered him, why would Scal have ever come back during last year's playoffs?

And really, why should it bother him?

He's had an 11-year NBA career. Do you know how difficult that is? He's earned more than 20M! He's made it farther and survived longer than so many guys with so much more talent. And as a result, he has a ring. He had TV offers waiting in the wings. He'll never have to pay for another drink or meal in Boston for the rest of his life.

Makes it easier to get over the fact that a couple strangers think you suck at basketball.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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.”