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Los Angeles Clippers: Less Avery Bradley

Everyone’s thinking it at this point: The Los Angeles Clippers play Avery Bradley way too much. Although his 29.6 minutes per game don’t seem detrimental, that’s quite a large chunk in the rotation for a guy putting up 7.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game on paltry .369/.269/.818 shooting splits.

True enough, there are two ends to the court, but L.A.’s defense is actually slightly better when he’s not on the court. Whether it’s by taking him out of the starting lineup or simply playing him fewer minutes, Doc Rivers has to stop showing so much love to one of his former Celtics.

The Clippers’ 18-13 start is a great story and this team has enough balance and depth to hold on all season long for a playoff berth. If they’re going to get there though, reducing Bradley’s minutes is a must.