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Avery Bradley -- He struggled at times shooting the ball, but tallied 16 points and improved his defense as the game wore on by limiting a bigger player (Alan Anderson) from getting good low-post position.

Jermaine O'Neal -- JO got off to a fast start and finished with 14 points, but it was clear that he was losing steam quickly. He can definitely help the C's this upcoming season, but he doesn't have it in him to play the kind of major minutes players in this league will be logging.
We already know what JO is capable of (and not capable of at this point in his career), so I was more curious to see how Celtics sophomore Avery Bradley would fare. If you just hear that he scored 16 points, you'd probably think, "Nice, his offense is finally coming around," or "I knew that kid could play. Danny did it again." In reality, Bradley's debut wasn't that good. A Sherrod Blakely called it "decent" and also points out the strong performances by lesser players. For example, the last pick in this year's draft Isaiah Thomas: "In his first game, the 5-foot-9 guard barely missed having a triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. He followed that up with a 26-point, seven-assist effort."


Future WTHHT former Celtic Sebastian Telfair finished with 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 10 assists and another future WTHHT former Celtic Damon Jones dusted off his corpse and chipped in with 16 points himself.  So while Bradley's 16 points is a start, let's hope we hear better reviews as the Vegas League continues on.

JR 9/13/2011 05:35:00 AM Edit
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