Doc Rivers Patient With Avery Bradley
Doc Rivers decided it was better to spare the rod when it came to the youngest player on his roster.
The coach chose to forgive the kid for his transgressions in the Game 1 loss to the Hawks, knowing that a) Avery Bradley is an earnest kid and b) this is no time to be getting harsh with someone who’ll play such a large role in Rajon Rondo’s absence tonight.
“His first playoff game,” said Rivers, who saw Bradley go 1-for-7 in the second quarter and 4-for-12 on the way to 10 points in the game. “He pressed. I thought he was looking for things. He was looking to shoot instead of cut.
“You know, when your mind gets too active, it usually hurts you. We joke that thinking hurts the team. I always tell our guys that as a joke, and in that case (Sunday) night it probably hurt Avery. He was thinking about what he wanted to do instead of just allowing the game to dictate what he should do.”