Avery Bradley's Block Party

On Monday, I said Avery Bradley would need to get over his playoff jitters for the Celtics to have a chance at beating the Hawks last night. Not only did he do that, he left no doubt. Paul Pierce was the star of last night’s 87-80 Celtics win, with his 36 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists, but Bradley came up huge as well. The Celtics’ second-year guard — all of 21-years-old — registered 14 points on 4 for 8 shooting and played stifling D. Whereas in Game 1 he only played 28 minutes — with the Celtics being outscored by 13 points during that time — in Game 2 last night, Doc Rivers ran him out there for 42 minutes. The Celtics outscored the Hawks by eight when he was on the court.