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Avery Bradley is Elastic


That's not supposed to be able to do that.

There was a moment in the first quarter where I was certain Celtics fans were about to experience heartbreak part 2. With around 3:30 left to go, Avery Bradley got DeMarcus Cousins in a switch. Bradley attempted to blow by Cousins with a delay dribble but Cousins was able to use his length to pick Bradley’s pocket. Feeling the ball get away from him, Bradley tried to make a move back to the ball but his mind moved too fast for his body. The result was the sequence of photos above.

Looking at the sequence, I still can’t believe Bradley wasn’t seriously hurt on the play.  I was convinced, nay hopping, he would go straight over to trainer Ed Lacerte at the next timeout.  We already saw how Rajon Rondo could continue playing with a torn ACL and if Bradley immediately went to Lacerte, at least hi knee could be assessed as soon as possible.  You can imagine my relief when Bradley motored over to Lacerte during the next timeout.  Except instead of showing Lacerte his floating patella, he began clawing at a bandaid on his elbow.

It was at this point I realized something.  Avery Bradley is a kid.  And that is awesome.  If you’re a parent, have younger siblings, or babysat, you’ve undoubtedly seen kids get right back up after doing something that would necessitate a 911 call.  Still not convinced that Bradley wasn’t feeling the least bit of discomfort from the slip, I asked Bradley about it after the game. Bradley’s response was priceless:  “I did? I don’t remember that.  No, I’m fine.”  He had no idea what I was talking about.

After seeing Rondo play 12 minutes with a torn ACL last weekend, we now know that Rondo’s backcourt mate is also as tough as they come.


  • janos

    i am warms up this brady guy he pretty good us but am still miss 9 and am not ever forget his contrbutes nba celtics and hope for recovers fast

  • High Rollers
  • Phil725

    It's funny how much different I feel watching basketball and football. In football, every time someone gets tackled, hit or jumps, I just reflexively hope for them to be okay while expecting the worst. Basketball though, I expect everyone to always be fine. If someone gets flagrant fouled going up and they land hard and go into the basket support, I expect them to hit both of their free throws. I saw the play happen with Bradley and reacted, but him being hurt never crossed my mind. That's just another reason why the Rondo injury was so bizarre. I forget the exact stat, but it had been something like 14 years before Derrick Rose that an all star had torn his ACL in the NBA. Stuff like that just doesn't (didn't) happen.

  • High Rollers

    Interesting point, Phil, especially about free throws after hard fouls. If the guy doesn’t look badly injured, it’s all too easy to knock him for missing a free shot. And it’s definitely not football, but it is a contact sport, with little to no padding.

    I also think athletes are pushing their bodies to the limit more than ever. It’s not that they’re playing harder than we saw in the past. Which leads me to believe that modern medicine is perhaps, and ironically, the main culprit. Put together guys who go all out on a daily basis with the increasing ability to bounce back quickly from injuries that are now considered much more minor because of treatment possibilities, and you have a recipe for increased cases of major injuries. It’s like Nature saying, “Oh yeah? Well take this!”

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