Boston’s Last Three: Bradley, Harangody and Wafer Playing To Earn More Minutes

December 31st, 2010 by Randolph Charlotin Leave a reply »
They contributed to the 14-game winning streak. When time was short in the first quarter, they entered the game. Sometimes they were staggered, other times they came in as a unit. Their goal was to play as a unit with the veterans still on the court.

The bar has been set low for rookies Avery Bradley, Luke Harangody and first year Celtic Von Wafer. On a veteran team with plenty of depth, playing time was expected to be sparse and it’s held true. Boston was built with one objective in mind: Banner 18.

With such a lofty goal, the time to hold the newcomers’ hands and teach them Boston’s system is limited. Yet coach Doc Rivers is carefully picking his spots to give the new guys valuable playing time without compromising wins.

They will only get so much out of practice. Getting them conditioned to real game situations will prepare them when Rivers calls one of their names during a critical moment later in the season.

Bradley has the most talent as well as the longest road to travel to become a pro. Boston wants to turn Bradley into a point guard, but Avery lacks a collegiate foundation after entering the NBA Draft after ...

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