While the Atlanta Hawks beat the Boston Celtics 97-92 in Friday's game, Celtic Avery Bradley made our favorite play of the night. During the game, Bradley stole two passes while tying his sneakers, and ShoesTV has the scoop!
First off, who is this Avery Bradley character? The 19th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Bradley played college basketball for a year at University of Texas at Austin before joining the Boston Celtics. While he got some playing time his first year, he only became a starter this season after Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen suffered an injury.
Here, Bradley is tying his shoes right before stealing Hinrich's pass to Johnson.
Despite uncooperative laces, Bradley kept his head in the game Friday, making two separate steals while fiddling with his shoes. In the first play, Bradley was lacing up his green sneaks when Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich sent a pass whizzing to forward Ivan Johnson. Bradley sprung up from the ground and grabbed the ball mid-air. He ran down the court and passed it to Celtics forward Ryan Hollins, who dunked it.
Then, once again, the Hawks tested Bradley's ability to multi-task. Bradley was still struggling with his sneaks when forward Josh Smith tried to complete a pass to Johnson. While the ball was still airborne, Bradley swatted it to teammate Marquis Daniels.
Bradley also ruled the court on offense against the Hawks.
In addition to making some of the coolest defensive plays we have ever seen, Bradley scored 28 points in Friday's game, which was a career high.
While some say Bradley was only pretending to tie his shoes to feign distraction, we praise Bradley for, what Mad'I Moody would call, "constant vigilance!"
As Laker fans, we also hope our boys in purple and gold take note, and keep an eye (and their feet) on Bradley's loose laces during their next game.
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