It will take some getting used to of course, but Celtics fans, and the rest of the NBA, got their first look at Avery Bradley as a member of the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.
Bradley, a Celtic for the past seven years and the last link to the Big Three Era, was acquired in a trade last week that sent forward Marcus Morris to Boston. It was a quick in-and-out for his introductory Detroit press conference. With his wife expecting their third child any day, he flew in for the presser and returned home immediately after.
"I'm gonna leave everything out on the floor,” Bradley said. “We want to bring a championship back to Detroit." He also talked about bringing the “nasty” back to the Pistons.
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Celtics forward Jaylen Brown joined in the Drive-By Dunk Challenge and tweeted a video that captured his thunderous slam.
We're thinking that's not a regulation height rim.
And the All-Star dunk contest next year might have to be sanctioned by NASCAR.
Apparently, they're not impressed with the Celtics' addition of Gordon Hayward in Washington.
Despite Hayward being added to the Celtics' lineup - and the Wizards loss to the C's in the Eastern Conference semifinals this past spring - our friends at CSNMidAtlantic.com rank Washington's starting five ahead of Boston's in their list of the best starting units, not including the Warriors and Cavs.
The Wizards return the same five who took the Celtics to seven games - John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris, and Marcin Gortat. As for the Celtics, it seems the apparent uncertainty about just who'll make up their starters is what gave the Wizards the edge, putting them third on the list ahead of the Celtics at fourth. The Rockets are No. 1 and the Timberwolves No. 2.
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So do they go Thomas, Hayward, Crowder, newly acquired Marcus Morris, and Horford? Or do they add Rozier at shooting guard, and put Hayward at the 3 instead. What about rookie Jayson Tatum? He's already being compared to Celtics legend Paul Pierce. When does he crack the starting lineup?
With all the questions, there also means a learning curve when it comes to chemistry. Obviously, the talent is there in Boston, but it may take some time for Stevens to figure out exactly what five guys work best together to start games.
Bring on the playoff rematch...