Believing in Bradley

April, 20, 2012
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David Butler II/US PresswireCeltics guard Avery Bradley continues to flourish on the offensive end.
Celtics second-year guard Avery Bradley continues to emerge since stepping into the starting lineup last month:
Over the past 16 games, Bradley has averaged 14.8 points, while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor (96 of 176) and 56.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (18 of 32). Defense remains his calling card, but his offense is quickly catching up, which seemed impossible given his woes shooting the ball early in his career.

As Kevin Garnett gushed: "Avery is playing as good as any other player in this league.... high confidence right now and we're loving it, we're fueling it. We fuel everything in this locker room with confidence." Confidence is all Bradley needed. Now, he gushes it. It's still subtle, but Garnett has taken notice of it. "Man, he's playing with a free mind, playing aggressively, attacking the rim," said Garnett. "On top of other things, he's hitting 3-pointers, chest-bumping, and having his own little swag, if you will. I love it."

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Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
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OTHER LEADERS
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