Count Spurs coach Gregg Popovich as a fan of second-year Celtics guard Avery Bradley, who scored a game-high 19 points in their 87-86 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday.
“He’s a pain in the ass,” Popovich said. “I mean, the game starts and you know what he’s going to do. He’s going to cut from the corner to the bucket and lay it in. He’s going to cut diagonally from the top. You’ve got to give him credit. He knows his role and he does it very, very well. He killed us all night long.”
Bradley also played his usual lock-down defense, limiting Spurs' star Manu Ginobli to five points on just six shots. With Ray Allen's return from an injured ankle, Bradley returned to the bench, but coach Doc Rivers said he'll continue to play big minutes for the Celtics.
“It’s what I tried to tell you guys before the game,” Rivers said. “Start him or not, he’s going to play the same. He was terrific."