Terry shows worth for Celtics just by being on court

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Terry shows worth for Celtics just by being on court

MILAN - The Boston Celtics made acquiring Jason Terry a priority this summer because of his shot-making ability and versatility on the floor.

But what is often lost in his game is the fact his mere presence can benefit teams greatly.

That's exactly what he delivered in Boston's 105-75 blowout win over EA7 Emporio Armani on Sunday.

Terry had 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting which in itself isn't that impressive. But the Celtics were a whopping 29 when he was on the floor which was the best plusminus ratio of any player.

"He was great," said Doc Rivers. "He was off the ball and I thought he got comfortable. He missed a lot of open shots early, and just kind of hung in there. You could see when he gets it going, he really gets it going.

Rivers added, "He's so clever. For a coach, he's fun for me to watch. He's so ahead of the game and players on the floor. He sees things ... He's a fun guy to coach, I can tell you that."

And he can get it done both as a starter and coming off the bench, although he is best known for being a high impact backup.

Terry, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2009, was thrown into the starting lineup on Sunday in place of Courtney Lee.

Rivers said he will look to shake things up in a similar fashion throughout the preseason.

But that didn't stop Terry from having a chat about the lineup change with Lee, who like Terry, is in his first season with the Celtics.

"I talked with him before the game," Terry told Comcast SportsNet shortly after the win. "I told him, 'It doesn't matter if you start or coming off the bench. You gotta come out and assert yourself."

Lee did just that with an emphatic dunk for two of his 11 points off the bench.

"We just need to continue to build, grow as a cohesive unit and the Celtics are going to be a team to wreckon with."

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.”