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Celts' Avery Bradley: Jimmy Butler 'should respect' the way I play

Celts' Avery Bradley: Jimmy Butler 'should respect' the way I play
Published On: Sat, Apr 29
Nov 27, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) brings the ball up the court while Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley said he felt disrespected by comments made by Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler and used them as motivation Friday night when Boston completed its rally from an 0-2 deficit to end Chicago's season.

Two days after scoring a postseason career-high 24 points in Boston's Game 5 triumph over the Bulls, Bradley put up 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting over just 31 minutes in Boston's series-clinching 105-83 Game 6 triumph on Friday night at the United Center.

"You want to know something, I took [Butler's comments] personal," Bradley said. "There was a few guys that walked up to me and said -- I think Jimmy had said [after Game 5], 'We can't let guys like Avery Bradley score 20.' And I usually don't say anything. I just go out there and play hard. But I feel like every player should respect this game and respect the guys that go out there and prepare every single night.

"And I feel like I won the battle tonight. And not only that, I play hard every single game. And I feel like he should respect that, somebody that goes up and gives him respect every single game. And so I'm just going to leave it there. But, like I said, I definitely won two battles in a row."

Bradley has showered Butler with praise throughout the series even as he has limited Butler's scoring output, helping Boston to rally from its 0-2 hole. Entering Friday's Game 6, Butler was shooting just 37 percent against Bradley in the series.

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