Doc Rivers keeps defending Avery Bradley
ESPN Boston reports:
Even when Bradley's shooting woes were downright unsightly earlier this season, Rivers staunchly defended the second-year guard's ability to make jumper. In fact, back in late January, with Bradley really struggling from the perimeter, Rivers declared, "At some point, a ball will go in, he’ll slow down, and he’ll make the in-between jump shot. Because that’s what he can make and he can make that consistently."
Forgive reporters if they scoffed. Bradley to that point in his career was a mere 17-for-81 shooting from beyond 10 feet (21 percent) over his first 48 NBA games, according to shot location info tracked by HoopData. Since then? Bradley is 31-for-63 shooting from beyond 10 feet (49.2 percent), a ridiculous clip considering teammate Ray Allen, whose spot he took in the starting lineup on Sunday, is shooting 42.7 from that same range this season.