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Thursday, 20 March 2014 17:45

Ainge: March Madness has "big impact" on draft

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Danny Ainge made his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich Show this morning, talking about topics ranging from March Madness to what the Celtics plan on doing with Avery Bradley this offseason.

Ainge spoke first on the impact that this time of year could have on the NBA draft, saying he follows closely to how college players perform under the pressure of the NCAA Tournament.

"I think this time of year is telling of what players are made of," Ainge said. "I don't think that someone is gonna come out of the woodwork with a great performance, and just come in on the world and awaken anybody in the NBA, but I do think a lot of ties are broken."

Ainge said that he has four TV's in the office, and that he will be tuning into many games at a single time over the course of the next few weeks. 

"I like competitive guys. Shooting is a big thing," Ainge said. "You know, last night we make shots and we win the game. That's obviously oversimplified, but I like guys that have that toughness." 

Ainge also said he has no specific players in which he is targeting. Rather, he is looking for players to elevate their game and stand out.

"I think this time of year, the postseason draft workouts, combine camps and so forth will have a big impact on this year’s draft.”

Ainge also spoke of Avery Bradley's future with Boston, saying that he full expects the Celtics starting shooting guard to remain in Boston next year. Bradley, of course, is a restricted free agent -- meaning that Ainge and the C's can match any offer he is given from another team.