COMMENTARY | Without Rajon Rondo, the Boston Celtics have been relying heavily on Avery Bradley on both ends of the floor. The team started streaking without their star point guard, leading many to begin questioning whether they are actually a better team without Rajon Rondo.
Boston has now lost seven of their last nine games. Despite Kevin Garnett being sidelined, this is certainly not a good sign with the playoffs approaching.
There is no doubt that Avery Bradley's calling card is his defense, where his badgering ball pressure is nearly unrivaled. He's a huge part of their overall defensive scheme, along with Garnett. With this in mind, Bradley's occasional offense is much needed to keep the team's attack at a reasonable level.
In their last game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Bradley cracked double digits in scoring for the first time since March 16th. Scoring 19 points on 8-14 shooting in a losing effort, Bradley flashed that he might finally be finding his offensive rhythm just in time.
For the Celtics to make any sort of noise in the playoffs, they will need Bradley to provide offensive performances like this on a regular basis. While he will never be the offensive facilitator or creator that Rajon Rondo is, Bradley's above average slashing ability will be a huge asset for a team that painfully struggles to find points in the half-court.
With offensive-minded guards Jason Terry and Jordan Crawford also in the rotation, Doc Rivers will never be looking for Avery Bradley to be a gunner. His defense is by far his biggest asset, but he can no longer be on offensive liability without Rajon Rondo.
If he can attack offensively like he did against the Timberwolves, Doc Rivers and the Celtics will be more than satisfied.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering the Celtics for 3 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings. Follow him on Twitter here .
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