Sixers knew what to expect against Bradley

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Sixers knew what to expect against Bradley

BOSTON -- Unlike many players in the NBA, Philadelphia 76ers guards Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday were very familiar with Avery Bradley when he entered the NBA last season.

Turner was the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, in which the Boston Celtics selected Bradley at the 19th spot. Holiday, 21, is the same age as Bradley and knew him from high school and college basketball circuits.

Last year the Sixers guards faced off against a Celtics backcourt of Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen as Bradley rode the bench for most of his rookie campaign. Late this season, Bradley has been moved to the starting lineup in place of Allen. While many opponents are still getting to know Bradley in a significant role, Holiday and Turner knew what to expect on Sunday against the Celtics.

With Ray, you have one of the best three-point shooters of all time on the court, Turner told CSNNE.com prior to the Celtics 103-79 victory. But the thing about Avery is, he plays hard and also picks up the tempo. His defense is really, really, really great so thats hard to really match up against. But the efforts not gone. You might lack in inches and size-wise, but Bradley plays with a big heart and makes some big plays.

Bradley scored 18 points (6-12 FG) with five assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 35 minutes during his 18th start of the season (he filled in for Rajon Rondo earlier in the season). Allen dropped 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-6 3PG) and two assists in 28 minutes in his third game off the bench.

I think Ray does bring more of a scoring aspect when hes on the floor and kind of spaces everybody, said Holiday. Everybody has to kind of key in on Ray Allen because he hits those shots.

But Avery Bradley, he just brings a lot of intensity, especially on defense. Hes a really good defensive player and he definitely gets a lot of stops which can lead to a lot of scoring. He kind of nags you. Its like everywhere you turn, hes just kind of there. Some people kind of lose sight of their man. Hes just kind of always there.

Both Holiday and Turner struggled offensively against Celtics guards Allen, Bradley, and Rondo for the majority of the game. Turner scored 10 points (3-6 FG) and Holiday contributed 8 (4-10 FG). They expected Bradley to test them on defense, and he did.

I knew he played tough, said Turner. When you watched him play at (the University of) Texas, he always played tough, he always played hard, and he could get the job done. I think with more and more opportunities he could turn into a better player. I just knew he gave one hundred percent out there and he could do a little bit of everything. The most impressive thing was his defense.

Quotes, notes and stars: Wright "today was tough"

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Quotes, notes and stars: Wright "today was tough"

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-3 loss to the Rangers:

 

QUOTES

* “On a night when he didn’t have the consistency to the knuckleball that we’ve seen from many of his starts, he went to his fastball a little bit more. [Against] a good fastball hitting team . . . He’s typically made good adjustments staying over the rubber to get his release point out front -- that wasn’t the case [tonight].” John Farrell said about Steven Wright struggling with his knuckleball in his 4.2 inning outing.

* “The ball was spinning a lot out of my hand. It was a little bit hard to grip the ball because the humidity. But it was the opposite -- it was real sticky. That’s the first time I’ve had that ever. But I still felt like I should have figured that out. It was one of those things where I think I started trying to hard . . . I was trying to the throw the kitchen sink at them but it wasn’t working.” Steven Wright said about struggling to find his knuckleball in the 10-3 loss.

* “It’s hard for me because you want to go out there and try and go as deep as you can to try to help the bullpen, but, you know, today was tough, a tough day for me.” Wright said on his disappointment with only going 4.2 innings.

 

 

NOTES

 

* Hanley Ramirez laced his fourth homerun in his last 11 games. In his nine career games at Texas, Ramirez has six homeruns.

* David Ortiz went hitless for the first time since June 12th. Boston’s designated hitter also hasn’t hit a home run since June 17th -- his third longest homerless spell of 2016.

* Xander Bogaerts scored his 57th run of the season, putting him one run behind Ian Kinsler -- the fourth highest total in the majors.

 

 

STARS

 

1) Adrian Beltre

The ex-Red Sox third baseman finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk -- scoring the team high three runs.

 

2) Ian Desmond

Desmond laced his 13th homer of the season in his second at-bat of the game, sparking Texas’ offense with its first run of the game.

 

3) Elvis Andrus

Andrus ended Steven Wright’s day quickly with a three-run triple in the fifth inning, finishing 1-for-2 with two walks and a run.

First Impressions from Boston's 10-3 loss to Texas

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First Impressions from Boston's 10-3 loss to Texas

First impressions of the Red Sox 10-3 loss to Texas:

 

Steven Wright can’t be stellar every night.

Although it’s seemed like it lately, it’s just not possible -- especially with a knuckleball.

He wasn’t even that bad Saturday night. He just didn’t get any help from his defense in the fifth frame.

But there’s no denying he didn’t have his best stuff. But whatever the reason, he couldn’t find consistent command or movement from his knuckler and he gave up some hard hits as a result.

Did he receive a fate worse than he pitched? Yes. But what Boston saw from Wright in his Saturday start is there will be times his go-to pitch is off -- and there’s really no way to work around that.

 

Hanley Ramirez’s “timing issue” seems to be coming around.

Although he hasn’t necessarily caught fire, Ramirez hit another home run -- once again to right field.

He’s shown more patience at the plate, and not trying to pull every ball out of the yard.

Ramirez doesn’t have everything completely figured out, but his homeruns have been plenty valuable at this point.

 

Ian Desmond is no joke.

The newly converted centerfielder is 5-for-10 against Boston pitching this series with a run and two RBI.

The ex-Nationals shortstop has good pop and good speed still. He seems to be a lot more comfortable in his new home after hitting .233 for Washington last year with 19 homeruns -- hitting his 13th Saturday night.

 

For all the criticisms Boston’s bullpen has received, the Rangers’ is definitely worse.

Although there wasn’t the same miraculous comeback witnessed Friday night -- and Boston’s pen wasn’t particularly stellar in the loss -- the Ranger relievers did not look good in the second game of the series.

They put themselves into deep counts right away -- and was lucky Boston’s offense was off.

Boston’s bullpen has its faults -- no question -- but it’s not nearly as bad as the one in Texas.

 

The Red Sox unfortunately have to rely on Clay Buchholz Sunday.

The bullpen is beaten down once again. The righty is still fighting for his job, so this would be the best time for him to pitch competitively into the sixth inning -- and maybe even longer.

DC United tops Revolution 2-0

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DC United tops Revolution 2-0

WASHINGTON -- Lamar Neagle had a goal and an assist to give D.C. United an early lead that stood up in a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

D.C., after being shut out in its two previous games and four of six, opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Luciano Acosta chipped a perfect pass over the defense to the foot of Neagle, who volleyed it in from 10 yards out.

Sean Franklin scored the second goal, his first of the season, when he knocked in Neagle's cross. Albaro Saborio sent a long ball down the right sideline that Neagle ran down and crossed to Franklin for the easy counter.

D.C. (5-6-5) leapfrogged the Revolution (4-5-7) into fifth in the Eastern Conference with its fourth shutout in the last seven games and improved to 2-0-1 in the series this season.