When the Celtics have an injured player fly with the team, it means he is ready for a return, or at least close to it. Expect Ray Allen to play tomorrow night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, unless, of course, he doesn’t. Analysis!
While we’re discussing Allen, CelticsBlog posted an article this afternoon suggesting that Avery Bradley should remain the Celtics starting shooting guard for the remainder of the season, regardless of Allen’s health.
To which I respond:
- Do you really feel comfortable with an offensive back court of Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo, neither of whom could toss a beach ball into an ocean?
- Did you see Gordon Hayward posting up Bradley with ease at the beginning of last night’s game? Now think about what would happen if Bradley started opposite of, say, Kobe Bryant or, if you want someone the C’s could potentially meet in the playoffs, Joe Johnson. Brr.
- With Bradley as the starting two guard, the Celtics are 3-0. But they have beaten the Washington Wizards (horrible), Charlotte Bobcats Bobcats (horribler) and Utah Jazz (not at all horrible, but not title contenders either).
- How would Allen, who can’t really create his own shot anymore, function as part of the second unit? Is Keyon Dooling going to get Allen open looks?
- I love how Bradley’s playing too. But starting him is not the best move. I don’t think. But maybe it is? My head hurts.
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- Celtics 88, Wizards 76: Avery Bradley’s career night
- Boston Celtics injury updates: Ray Allen out another game, Cs patient with Mickael Pietrus
- Brandon Bass (knee) expected to return tonight