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.