Sunday, March 31, 2013
Bradley's struggles on offense and D
By Tom Carpenter
Avery Bradley has been in a prolonged scoring slump. Despite taking double-digit field-goal attempts in four of his past seven games, the guard has not touched the 10-point mark during that stretch. He also knocked down only three of the 16 3-pointers attempted during those seven contests. It's something that the Boston Celtics are working to rectify, according to ESPNBoston.com's Chris Forsberg. For instance, they ran a play for him early in Friday's game.
"I didn’t care if he scored or got to the foul line, he needed to see the ball go in the basket," said coach Doc Rivers. "I thought that was good for him."
Bradley was fouled on the play and chipped in a couple of free throws, though in the end he scored only eight points on 3-of-7 shooting from the field. On the upside, he racked up four steals on the night. As Forsberg notes, offense isn't the only area of Bradley's game that has been slumping of late:
Chris ForsbergC's eager to bust Bradley's offensive slump
"While it's not as pronounced of a slump, Bradley has seen his defensive numbers dip ever so slightly recently. Over that same six-game span of offensive struggles, his individual defensive numbers saw him allow 0.755 points per play, according to Synergy Sports data. That's still top-10 caliber defense, but Bradley leads the league in allowing only 0.69 points per play overall (among all players with at least 375 defensive possessions). Opponents still shoot a league-worst 30.7 percent against Bradley and score on him on 31.8 percent of all possessions (also tops in the league)."