Celtics: High marks for first quarter

BOSTON -- Midway through Wednesday's win over the Denver Nuggets, the Celtics officially passed the quarter checkpoint of the 2010-11 season.

With Boston enjoying a three-day break before Wednesday's Atlantic Division showdown against the New York Knicks -- those words haven't been grouped in some time -- we take advantage of the recess to hand out progress reports.


Avery Bradley: Bradley, the 19th overall pick in June's draft, was forced to sit out much of training camp while recovering from offseason ankle surgery, then spent the first 12 games of the season on the inactive list. He's getting occasional minutes now and logged more than half of his total minutes during a near-15-minute stint against New Jersey earlier this month. His defensive talents are obvious (as NBA-ready as Rivers advertised) and now he's gotta hone his offensive game.

Luke Harangody: With a team-high 11 DNPs, Harangody has seen only 35 minutes of playing time so far this season. Welcome to RookieLand in Boston, kid. On the encouraging side, Harangody isn't afraid to chuck the ball. He's averaging 12.3 shots per 36 minutes and shooting 50 percent (no easy task when playing in 45-second bursts). What's more, he's averaging 10.3 rebounds per 36 minutes, an encouraging sign from an undersized forward. Time in Maine to get some reps could be waiting once Boston gets any semblance of health in its frontcourt.

Chris Forsberg is the Celtics reporter for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.