NEW YORK – Last season, Avery Bradley hounded the ball-handler for the opposing team. The Celtics defensive ace often bodied-up that player for the court’s full 94 feet, making it a chore for his adversary to even cross the half-court line.
One of the main reasons Bradley used this technique was to chisel time off the 24-second shot-clock so opposing teams would be forced to rush on offense.
But this season, you won’t see Bradley checking guards the length of the court nearly as much, because his defensive role is changing.
“It’s interesting, what people think Avery is really good at is picking the ball up the court,” coach Brad Stevens said during shootaround Tuesday, hours before his team lost to the Brooklyn Nets, 82-80, in a preseason game at the Barclays Center. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.