In the Bonus: Bradley's heating up
IN THE BONUS
Looking for how the Celtics may be able to snap their recent skid tonight in Houston? Let's take a closer look at the numbers with the help of Bloomberg Sports and STATSInsights.com.
BRADLEY HEATS UP
A big part of Avery Bradley's improved offensive game stems from him being a more diverse scorer. Instead of relying on lay-ups and corner three-balls, he has added a solid mid-range game to his arsenal which on display against Minnesota on Saturday when Bradley scored a season-high 27 points. Against the Timberwolves, Bradley was 8-for-11 shooting mid-range jumpers.
NO THREES FOR THIS CP
Chandler Parsons is in the midst of a career-worst season when it comes to shooting threes. A 38.5 percent shooter last season, he's down to just 25.6 percent this season. He has been particularly woeful from the top of the key where he's down to 12.5 percent on threes from 40 percent a year ago, as well as on the wing where he connected on 31.9 percent last season but is down to just 18.2 percent this season.
FREEBIES FOR GREEN
Getting to the free throw line is important for any scorer, but it is an absolute must for Jeff Green to be effective. He leads the Celtics with 15.5 points per game, with four points per game coming from the line. That represents 25.9 percent of his scoring, which is noticeably more than the league average of 17.7 percent.
Whether he has come off the bench or started for Houston, Lin's game is definitely on the rise. He is averaging a career-high 18.2 points per game in part because every part of his game, shooting-wise, is better. He's shooting 52.8 percent this season, which includes improved shooting from a year ago on threes (33.9 percent last year, 44.4 percent now), mid-range (40.1 percent last season, 45 percent now) and in the paint (51.3 percent last year, 62.1 percent now).
SULLINGER SOLID PLAY
His conditioning may not be where it should be, but Sullinger is becoming a bigger impact player for the Celtics. In his last three games, he is averaging 14.3 points per game while shooting 57.6 percent from the field. In his first six games, Sullinger averaged 10.8 points while connecting on 45.1 percent of his shots.
No one's shocked that the addition of Dwight Howard has made the Rockets a better team inside the paint. Houston ranks fourth in the league in field goal percentage in the paint (58.4) and are third in field goal percentage defense (49.7). In addition, the Rockets are second in the league with 274 field goals made in the paint. Surprisingly, the Celtics are fifth in field goals in the paint, with 242.