Another guard put into a bind on Friday night in Stephen Curry because of the defensive efforts of both Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley. Bradley did most of the work and stayed in front of his man all night long. He even forced the Warriors guard to shoot some really bad contested shots.
Curry finished shooting 6-of-22 from the field and 3-of-11 from three-point range. He made up for it by hitting all 10 of his free throws and still scored a team-high 25 points.
The 24-year-old has slowly began to rise to be one of the best scorers in the NBA today. He leads the league im made triples and Bradley and Lee were able to basically keep him in check.
The other Celtics players, like Kevin Garnett and Jeff Green, did chip in on occasion, but it was really the pressures of Bradley that caused Curry to force some shots throughout the game.
Bradley and Lee both defend the ball tenaciously. They reach in and try to force turnovers by stealing the ball. These two guards may not score 15 or more points each game, but they save the C’s from being hurt from great guard play from the opponent on the offensive end.
The defensive intensity returned to this team when Bradley came back in January and Bradley will be a force guarding Ray Allen, Dwayne Wade and other guards in this league come playoff time. If he can stop at least one or two guards during the postseason, then the Celtics could find themselves back in another playoff run.