In order to sign Gordon Hayward, Boston had to shed one of its mid-level contracts to clear up enough cap space, and with Bradley on the last year of his current deal and likely to demand big money next offseason, he's officially the one to go. Bradley is coming off the best season statistically of his NBA career, averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 39 percent from behind the arc. He did, however, play in just 55 games, as he dealt with a lingering hamstring injury for a good chunk of the season. The 26-year-old's value in Detroit will largely be contingent on whether or not the Pistons decide to bring back restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on what would likely be a large contract. Acquiring Bradley, however may mean that Detroit is thinking of letting the young shooting guard walk and being able to stay somewhat flexible with their cap situation.
Bradley registered 23 points (10-20 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds and one assist over 32 minutes during Thursday's 135-102 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Bradley once again took up the mantle of the go-to option on offense for Boston in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (hip), scoring over 20 points for the third time in the series. His 50 percent success rate from the field equaled his series-best tally from Game 1, and he drained multiple threes for the third time during the five-game set as well. Primarily due to Thomas' absence, Bradley finished the conference finals with an average of 19 shot attempts per contest, a definitive uptick from the first two rounds of the playoffs and the regular season. He'll head into the 2017-18 campaign coming off the best statistical season of seven-year career, having averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals across 33.4 minutes.
Bradley contributed 19 points (7-19 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two steals across 39 minutes during a 112-99 loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
Bradley's 19 points marked a team high but he needed 19 field goal attempts to get there. It was his third straight game of the series in which he has shot below 40 percent from the field. Despite the poor field goal percentage, Bradley is getting his points, as he scored at least 19 points for the fifth time in the last seven outings.
Bradley scored 20 points (8-23 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding four assists, three rebounds and two steals across 42 minutes during Sunday's 111-108 win over the Cavaliers.
Bradley took on an increased role at the offensive end in the absence of Isaiah Thomas (hip), and although he struggled to connect at times, he hit the biggest shot of the series -- a three-pointer that clanked off the rim and then the glass before falling down to take the lead with less than a second left. He also played his usual dogged defense and was part of an effort that held LeBron James to 11 points on the night. Bradley will need to continue producing at both ends if his team stands a chance in the series, and he should continue seeing extra looks in Game 4.
Bradley posted 21 points (8-16 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and one assist across 39 minutes in Wednesday's 117-104 Game 1 loss to the Cavs.
The Celtics got off to a miserable start in Game 1 and were never able to recover despite Bradley's strong scoring performance-- he tied for the team-high in points. The defensive-minded shooting guard has been up-and-down in the playoffs, finishing five games with over 20 points and four games with below 10 points. Bradley at best is a secondary scoring option so expect his yang to balance out Game 1's ying at some point as the series progresses.
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