The Celtics blocked 13 shots in their 100-95 victory over the Jazz Monday night. Oddly enough, Utah had just four blocks and didn't get a single one from Rudy Gobert, who ranks second in the league with 2.5 per game. Boston hadn't rejected that many shots in a game in more than six years, since December 12, 2009.
With the Celtics clinging to a one-point lead in the final seconds, the 6'2" Avery Bradley made the play of the night by swatting the 6'8" Gordon Hayward:
After the game, Danny Ainge tweeted some very high praise for his starting shooting guard:
I just expect Avery to get stops. He's the best perimeter defender in the league.— Danny Ainge (@danielrainge) March 1, 2016
Via ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg, here's what Bradley had to say about the play:
I love to take that challenge, to be able to get a stop for our team, because I want to win the game that bad. I'll guard anybody for my team.
I was just trying to play great defense. I knew they were going to go to [Hayward]. I just wanted to make it hard on him and not foul him. That's what I did and I was able to get the block, read the play.
And from Hayward:
Gordon Hayward on Avery Bradley's late block against him, "He timed it well. He's a good defender, he's a good player."— Bill Doyle (@BillDoyle15) March 1, 2016
Bradley's last-minute heroics made him the ninth Celtic of the evening to reject a shot. The only Boston player who entered the game and failed to record at least one block was 5'9" Isaiah Thomas.
Celtics: 1st time since blocks record (1973-74) that they had 9 different players record a blocked shot in a game (via @eliassports)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 1, 2016
Photo via @Celtics on Instagram
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