Bradley holds his own in first start

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Bradley holds his own in first start

BOSTON Avery Bradley will not be confused anytime soon with Rajon Rondo.

And while his play wasn't good enough to help the Boston Celtics defeat Phoenix, there are indeed positives for the second-year guard to take from Friday's 79-71 loss to the Suns.

Bradley finished with a Rondo-like 10 points, but only chipped in one assist to go with three steals and four rebounds.

Coach Doc Rivers thought Bradley did a decent job filling in for the team's two-time all-star.

"I actually wanted him to be a little more aggressive," Rivers said. "Defensively he was, I thought, terrific. All night."

The biggest difference between him and Rondo is obvious: Court vision.

Rondo has a knack for seeing plays before they fully develop, while Bradley, well, doesn't.

"But he ran the team as much as he could," Rivers said. "So I was really happy with him."

Bradley was pleased with his performance, although a victory he said would have made it even better.

For both Rivers and Bradley, the best part about him starting for an injured Rondo (right wrist), is that both have a better feel for how Bradley will respond when forced to play with the team's core guys.

Of course, Rondo's running of the offense was actually aided by Rondo who was on the bench in street clothes.

"Certain game situations. Pushing the ball. The tempo. Slowing it down when we need to score. How we need to score. Things like that," Bradley said. "Rondo kept telling me throughout the whole game on the bench. He was telling me things that I need to do and he was very helpful enough in helping me know what I need to do throughout the game."

And while it didn't materialize on Friday, Bradley's time with the starters on Friday night should pay dividends for him and the Celtics in the future.

"It was valuable experience for him out there tonight to be able to go out there and play the minutes he played," said Paul Pierce.

Report: Blockbuster three-way trade would send Irving to Knicks, Anthony to Cavs

Report: Blockbuster three-way trade would send Irving to Knicks, Anthony to Cavs

Kyrie Irving's trade request has shaken up the Cleveland Cavaliers and Yahoo Sports reports that a three-way deal with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns that lands Irving in The Big Apple would shake up the NBA.

Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports says the trade being discussed has Irving and Tyson Chandler going to the Knicks, the Suns landing Kevin Love and Frank Ntilikina, the 18-year-old French guard who was the Knicks' top pick in the June draft, and the Cavs getting Carmelo Anthony and Eric Bledsoe.

The Cavs and Suns also get picks in the deal, according to Schultz.

Irving teaming with Kristaps Porzingis and Chandler with Knicks? LeBron, Melo and Bledsoe forming a new Big Three in Cleveland? The Celtics road to returning to the Eastern Conference finals would certainly get a lot more interesting.

Meanwhile, veteran NBA writer and SiriusXM Radio host Mitch Lawrence, writing for Forbes, has the Knicks as a "long shot" destination in the Kyrie Derby. 

New Celtic Marcus Morris has some advice for Kyrie Irving

New Celtic Marcus Morris has some advice for Kyrie Irving

Among the NBA players' Twitter reaction to Kyrie Irving's trade request was some advice from new Celtics forward Marcus Morris and perhaps some shade from teammate Kevin Love.

Morris' advice, well, more like a request:

And Love, when asked how he's doing, referred to his Cavs teammate Irving telling Sports Illustrated that Cleveland is "in a peculiar place" in an earlier interview this summer.  

Hmmm. Peculiar.