Celtics’ Bradley Instructed to Work on Range

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If (Avery) Bradley is indeed coming into his own from downtown, then perhaps the guard will score his first big contract — maybe even one the Celtics find too rich to match.

“That’s something Danny (Ainge) and (coach) Brad (Stevens) have told me to work on,” Bradley said of increasing his range to become a consistent 3-point shooter. “Throughout the year I wasn’t confident shooting the 3-ball, but as the year went on I became more confident thanks to my teammates and putting in the work.”

That was certainly the final image Bradley left with Stevens, who subscribes to the analytics age theory that 3-pointers are the next best thing to layups.

“At the start of the season we saw a lot of those 20-foot long 2’s, and now they’re 3’s above the break,” Stevens said in the last week of the season. “It’s too bad he got hurt, and it’s too bad he missed (22) games. If he could have got this rhythm earlier, it would have been great for him and us.”

via Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald

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