Who is E'Twaun Moore?

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Who is E'Twaun Moore?

By Jessica Camerato
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BOSTON - The Boston Celtics followed up their first-round pick JaJuan Johnson with another Purdue Boilermaker, selecting ETwaun Moore with the 55th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Were very fortunate, said the Celtics' president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge. We got two really good, productive college players, mature kids, great character and attitude. Weve got some shooting, got some length, and I think theyre a good fit for us.

After getting to know JaJuan Johnson, let's find out who ETwaun Moore is.
The Basics
Position: Guard
Height: 6-4
Weight: 191
Born: February 25, 1989
Hometown: East Chicago, IN
College: Purdue University

Collegiate Accolades
Like Johnson, Moore played four years at Purdue. Last season he averaged 18.0 points (44.7 FG, 40.0 3PG, 70.9 FT), 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.8 turnovers. He was named an honorable mention AP All-American and was a Wooden Award finalist.

Ainges Take
ETwaun is a good shooter, good all-around player, a tough kid, good experience, he said. He had a big game this year. I saw the game he was playing in and had 38 against Ohio State. Terrific talent.

How He Will Complement the Celtics
Moore is a shooting guard, and while he can also play some point guard, Ainge noted his scoring abilities. Should Moore make the roster, adding an offensive contributor to the bench could spell the minutes of veteran Ray Allen, a role the Celtics have to address next season.

Hes played strictly a two, but he can handle the ball some. But hes a scorer, said Ainge. Hes only 6-3 but hes extremely long, long-armed, and hes at terrific scorer.

Ainge likes the fact that both Moore and Johnson can fulfill their roles on the offensive and defensive ends.

Offense is very important, he said. Theres guys that play great offense, theres guys that are great defensive players, and theres guys that we refer to as both ends of the court players. We think we got two of those guys. But one is not any more important than the other.
Random Fact
While JaJuan will be the fifth Johnson to play for the Celtics, Moore will only be the second. Mikki Moore appeared in 24 games for the Celtics during the 2008-09 season.

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Bradley knows the risks of his all-out brand of defense

Bradley knows the risks of his all-out brand of defense

WALTHAM – There are a number of NBA players we have seen through the years whose effort level has been questioned.
 
But when it comes to Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, that has never been an issue.
 
In fact, Bradley’s all-out style of defense has been a major factor in him being sidelined for an extended period of time in each of his six NBA seasons.
 
Although he’s only 25 years old, Bradley is starting to embrace the idea of less all-out defense might not be such a bad idea.
 
“It’s hard to control my injuries because I play hard every single possession,” Bradley told CSNNE.com following the team’s first practice. “I can’t say that every NBA player doesn’t, but I know there’s not a lot. I play hard every single possession especially on the defensive end. That can take a toll on your body. I just have to make sure I’m taking care of myself and picking my spots a little better.”
 
Prior to the Celtics selecting Bradley with the 19th overall pick in the 2011, he suffered a dislocated shoulder injury. Throughout his five NBA seasons, the veteran guard has a long list of injuries which has sidelined him for at least five games every season in addition to missing some playoff games.
 
Knowing the risks involved in continuing his all-out brand of basketball, the fact that Bradley is even open to the idea of picking when to assert himself defensively and when to be more passive, is progress.
 
“I’m pretty sure someone like (ex-Celtics) Tony Allen …  he’s not going to go hard like every possession,” Bradley said. “He’s going to pick his spots, still play good defense.”
 
Which is exactly what Bradley is striving to do this season, and show that last season’s all-NBA First Team Defense nod wasn’t a fluke.

But as we have seen with Bradley throughout his career with the Celtics, he has a way of coming back every season having made a significant stride in some facet of the game to become closer to being a two-way player.
 
“That’s my goal; I want my teammates to be able to count on me playing well at both ends of the floor,” Bradley said.
 
And as I mentioned earlier, Bradley is still a relatively young guy who turns 26 years old in November.
 
‘I’m still a 90s baby’ just like everybody on this team,” quipped Bradley.
 
Being so young puts a premium of sorts on players to learn all they can as quickly as they can in relation to their respective team.
 
“I feel young; I feel young,” Bradley said. “I feel young. I still haven’t even played a full season yet. This will be my first season playing a whole season.”
 
Listening to Bradley talk about adjusting how he plays defensively, it’s pretty clear that he’s having an internal tug-of-war between continuing to play elite defense and easing up defensively.
 
“That’s just me. Some people can do it. Maybe I could take some (plays) off, play passing lanes,” Bradley said. “But I don’t think I’ll ever change into that. It could help our team out a little bit.”