Make no mistake, Bradley must find a way to better display consistent defensive impact throughout games. A season ago, he limited opponents to 41.6 percent shooting overall (or 2.3 percent lower than those players’ season average). With Al Horford now patrolling the back line, the expectation would be that Bradley would have even more freedom to be aggressive on the perimeter.
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The defensive dip might simply be a byproduct of Bradley’s trying to impact the game in other ways this season, most notably on the glass. The 6-foot-2 Bradley improbably leads Boston at 7.4 rebounds per game (Horford is closest at 6.8). What’s more, Bradley’s defensive rebound percentage of 19.3 is far and away the best among Celtics regulars, with Horford second at 17.9 percent.
â€œWe have three capable centers in Jo and Kyle [O’Quinn] and Willy [Hernangomez], [who] played really well in Denver,â€ Hornacek said. â€œPlay KP more at the 5, it kind of takes away those minutes for those guys. Theyâ€™re kind of splitting those minutes anyway. Again, thatâ€™s an option that weâ€™ve gone to a couple of times.
Jason Jones Game Jersey Also, Porzingis offered an interesting perspective on the Knicksâ€™ offense and how much room they have to improve on that end of the floor.
â€œWeâ€™re not there yet; we play off of our talent a lot,â€ Porzingis said. â€œWe just need to lock in a little more offensively, when weâ€™re running the plays and executing. We can do a better job on that. Obviously we have a lot of times where Melo saves us, he hits a big shot, or D-Rose saves us. We can still grow so much as a team…
We donâ€™t want to lose sight just because weâ€™re winning. Weâ€™ve got to see the big picture and keep growing.â€ … Lastly, it doesnâ€™t seem as if the Knicks have any plans to sign Westchester guard Chasson Randle at this point.