Celtics Tweets of Interest: Avery Bradley’s Return to Practice; Rajon Rondo’s Autographed Red Bull Can Contest
This has been a tough week for both the Boston Celtics and the United States. The United States is coming off one of the worst tragedies in the nation’s history. As we prayed for the victims and their families in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday, the Celtics played an emotional game later that night in Houston against the Rockets. Rockets head coach and Celtics Hall of Famer Kevin McHale had an emotional embrace with Kevin Garnett after the game. McHale’s daughter, Sasha, died on November 24th after a long battle with Lupus. Garnett was drafted by McHale with the Minnesota Timberwolves and he credits McHale for helping him to emerge as one of the best players in the NBA. Courtney Lee also played for McHale with the Rockets last season. McHale became one of the top power forwards in the game with the Celtics during his playing days in the 1980’s and he helped the Celtics win three NBA championships.
The Celtics left their defense in Boston for their three-game road trip through Houston, San Antonio, and Chicago. The Celtics allowed at least 100 points in all three contests and they lost all of the games by double digits. The Rockets, Spurs, and Bulls were able to score in the paint at will and open up the Celtics defense with dribble penetration. Their rotations have been poor. On the offensive end, the Celtics have not been attacking the basket enough and getting to the free throw line.
Fortunately for the Celtics, they found a remedy: an Anderson Varejao-less Cleveland Cavaliers team and a 40-point performance from Paul Pierce. The Celtics beat the Cavaliers (5-22) at TD Garden on Wednesday. Pierce was 13-of-16 from the field, including 6-for-7 from beyond the arc. He hit all eight of his free throw attempts.
Currently, the Celtics are 13-12 and they cannot find a consistent flow in their game. They play well for one quarter and then the next quarter, they allow teams to either get back in the game or expand a small lead. The Celtics have been inconsistent and they are not a strong team right now. Instead, they are average. Most of it has to do with not being able to defend at a consistent level. Avery Bradley returned to practice earlier this week, but he should not be considered a savior. The Celtics have lacked intensity and passion, which is hard to say considering they have leaders like Garnett and Pierce. Doc Rivers can motivate players to play to their strengths.
Here are a couple of tweets from players this week:
Great practice today #teamc‘s
— Avery Bradley (@Avery_Bradley) December 17, 2012
Bradley returned to practice on Monday. He may not appear in a game until the first week of January so he can get his conditioning to the level where he can compete on a daily basis. Before Monday’s practice, Bradley had not played since May when he got injured in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers. It will be interesting to see how Bradley’s ball pressure will impact the team. Will the Celtics tell him to tone down his defense so he can remain on the court? Bradley has never played a full season in his two years in the league because of injuries. He was hampered by an ankle injury that he had to have surgery on when he was a rookie in 2010-’11.
— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) December 19, 2012
Rondo tweeted this yesterday. You can obtain an autographed Red Bull can at Tedeschi Food Markets. If there is a Tedeschi Food store in your area, you may want to look for a Red Bull that has Rondo’s name on it. There are only five of these cans.