In the Bonus: Celtics vs. Blazers
Looking to score
Avery Bradley has been offensive lately, and the Celtics are so much better off for it. In the last four games, his scoring average is up by more than five points courtesy of looking to score more off the dribble for jumpers along with getting into the lane for easy scores. In the last four games, his mid-range (46 from 42.6 percent) percentage and shots in the paint percentage (42 from 37.7 percent) are on the rise while his reliance on the 3-point shot (12 from 19.7 percent) is on the decline.
Jordan Crawford has performed well for the Celtics in the point guard role this season. Crawford is averaging 4.4 assists per game, and as his minutes increase with a larger role, those numbers should rise as well. Per 36 minutes this season, he's averaging 5.8, an average of one more than last season and two more than two seasons ago.
Not playing favorites
Jordan Crawford isn't benefiting from any one player in particular hitting shots off his passes. In fact, it's pretty spread out who his assists go to. Brandon Bass leads the way with 23%, but the rest of the team are right on his heels. Perhaps Jared Sullinger (10%) can get in on the action tonight in his return.
A number of Celtics players are known for their ability to make corner 3s, something they have shown significant improvement in lately. After shooting just 14 percent on corner 3s in the first four games, Boston has found its rhythm in the last five by nailing 56 percent of their corner 3s.
There are many shades to Jeff Green's game, including the 3-point shot which has been one of his best sides to see this season. He's shooting 43.8 percent which is a full eight percentage points higher than the league average. Just as significant is that he's shooting better than the league average in corner, top of the key and wing 3s.
Need more paint
The 'other' Lopez brother has made attacking the basket a bigger priority than past years, but it hasn't quite worked out as planned. Despite more shots around the rim, Robin Lopez is actually shooting worse inside the paint now (48.1 percent) than he did last season (56.4 percent).
Half and half
The first half has been good to Damian Lillard, especially when it comes to 3-point shooting where he has connected on 72 percent of his 3s. The second half is a different story for the second-year guard who shoots a less-than-stellar 22 percent on 3s.