Tonight, Avery Bradley and the Detroit Pistons take on Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics in TD Garden, Boston, Mass. The Celtics come in riding a 2 game win streak, beating the Magic on Friday and then the Pacers on Sunday. The Pistons won their last game, beating the Thunder by 1.
As most of us know, Avery Bradley is no longer with the C’s, as they traded him in the offseason. He was dealt to the team they are playing tonight in return for Marcus Morris. This is the first time both players are playing their former teams. Bradley is sixth in TD Garden’s all-time scoring.
On Sunday, Bradley talked about the Celtics. He stated, “I understand what they did and I have no hard feelings at all. I ended up in a great situation, in a great organization, so I’m happy and they’re playing well — they’re playing great basketball right now — so at the end of the day it’s about making the best decision for the team.”
Avery Bradley is averaging 16.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists for Detroit. He is second on the roster for point average, fifth in rebounds, and finally, he’s fourth on the list in assists. Not only does Bradley play well on offense, but his defense is his specialty. Providing a high IQ on the defensive end, Bradley is averaging 1.4 steals and 0.2 blocks on the 2017-2018 campaign.
Marcus Morris has proven to be a valuable asset for the Celtics as he is putting up 12.6 points per game, coming in at number five, 5.5 rebounds, taking third place, and finally fifth place in assists with 1.4. He’s also shooting about 39% from 3-point range. All of these numbers come from only 11 games as he missed the first 10 due to injury.
The Celtics play the Pistons a total of three times this year. Two of them are away in Detroit, while tonight’s game is here in Boston. After tonight, they play them again on December 10, 2017, and finally all the way in February on the 23rd.
Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris return to the lineup tonight after missing Saturday’s win, topping the Pacers 108-98. Brown missed the game to attend his best friend’s funeral. Morris missed the game with an injury. He had a few words to say about this game, stating, “I feel like I could play. If this was playoffs I’d be playing, or if it was a game we really needed I’d be playing. But we’re on a good run. Our rookies are playing well and our young guys are playing well.”
Whoever wins tonight decides what team takes the lead in the season series.