West returns to Boston after choosing Indiana

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West returns to Boston after choosing Indiana

WALTHAM When you come to the TD Garden as part of the visiting team, you expect to get booed. A lot.

Maybe not as much as Kim Kardashian's ex -- to some, he's also known as the Nets' Kris Humphries -- but they'll let you know there's no love for you here.

You can expect the reaction to David West likely to be somewhere in the middle.

The C's were on the verge of a sign-and-trade for West during the offseason. But West turned down the C's offer, and instead inked a two-year, 20 million deal with the Indiana Pacers.

There were reports that at least one Celtics player, Ray Allen, was bothered by West's decision.

"Once it got down to the end, I think his ego kicked back in," Allen told ESPNBoston.com. "He wanted the dollars. I guess it comes down to, 'What is a championship worth to you?' "

Shortly after that, West explained his decision in choosing the Pacers over the Celtics.

"What they're dealing with in Boston is a lot deeper than David West," he told reporters last month. "When I was figuring out what I was going to do, everybody that knows me knows that I'm a thought person. I don't rush to judgment and the decisions I make are well thought-out. This was a well thought-out decision on my part."

West added, "There's a reason why I'm in Indiana and not anywhere else. This team is young and deep with some really good pieces. And it's deep."

Although Allen may have some hard feelings towards West and his decision, coach Doc Rivers said West's decision didn't bother him at all.

"I had no problem with it," Rivers said. "He had two good decisions. He had a team that he could look at, us as a team that's trying to win it right now. Or he has a team in Indiana that's going to be in the thick of it as well, and they're young so he can grow with them. To me, he was in a win-win situation. It was a great place to be."

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.”