In the Bonus: Go West

In the Bonus: Go West
January 10, 2014, 7:30 pm
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The Western Conference has been rough on the Boston Celtics who come into tonight's game at Golden State just 3-11 against the West, and 0-for-the-season (or 0-7 if you want to be specific) on the road.

But the one positive that Boston has been able to count on against Western Conference foes has been the play of Avery Bradley.

Against Eastern Conference teams, Bradley's averaging 13.3 points per game.

That number takes a noticeable jump against Western Conference teams, to 15.9 points per game.

Bradley's improved scoring has a lot to do with his shot distribution.

When the Celtics face teams in the East, Bradley looks to shoot in the paint 29.7 percent of the time. But against Western Conference teams, he has been able to get into the lane more often which accounts for shots in the paint comprising 32.3 percent of his field goal attempts against Western Conference teams.

And while mid-range jumpers are still his favorite shot to take against all teams, he looks for it 43.9 percent of the time against teams out West compared to more than 51 percent of the time against his Eastern Conference brethren.

But the most significant contributor to his improved scoring against the West, has to do with the 3-point shot.

Eastern Conference teams see that shot from Bradley 19.2 percent of the time. But against teams out West, he launches 3s 23.7 percent of the time.

And the reason is simple.

He's making that shot ... a lot.

Against Western Conference teams, Bradley is shooting 43.4 percent which is a noticeable bump from his 36.2 percent shooting on 3s against teams in the East.

But as much as Bradley has showcased a much-improved shooting game this season, he is more consumed these days with doing his part to help the Celtics put the brakes on their current six-game losing skid.

"All we can do is focus on continuing to get better and win the next game," Bradley said after the Celtics' 111-105 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.