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In Ray Allen's absence, Avery Bradley has been just short of sensational in his minutes. More importantly, he has had his Celtics winning basketball games.
According to 82games.com, when the Celtics go with Bradley, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Bass and Kevin Garnett, they won 78.5 percent of their games this season. With Allen instead of Bradley in the lineup, the winning percentage goes down to 46.1 percent with a record of 12-14.
Bradley brings a defensive presence and quickness offensively that Allen simply doesn't bring with sore ankles and a struggling game overall.
Meanwhile, it is also important to consider the Celtics could well re-sign Jeff Green, who would also take up minutes and money that Allen has been earning.
If the Celtics are to develop significantly in the future, the improvement of these two young talents will be critical.