WALTHAM — Avery Bradley’s defensive reputation casts a mighty shadow over every other aspect of his game. It’s unlikely that will change, which is really a nod to just how effective he is as one of the NBA’s most elite perimeter defenders.
As such, Bradley is often tasked with guarding an opposing team’s top perimeter scorer, which means Saturday at TD Garden that the Celtics guard has the unenviable chore of trying to shut down one of the league’s most dynamic players: Cleveland’s all-everything guard Kyrie Irving.
“I’m going to try to take everything away from him . . . try to make everything hard on him,” Bradley said after practice here Friday. “And I know my teammates will be there to have my back.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.