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Celtics Morning Joe: How do you feel about Dooling?

Posted by shawn cassidy on March 6, 2012 at 8:00 AM


"Keyon basically missed the beginning of the year, then he missed a big stretch [late in the first half due to injury]," said Rivers. "Keyon hasn't played a lot of games and he's had very few practices with us. He's just trying to get his rhythm. What I love about him is he plays hard every night and he plays with energy. And he's a threat behind the 3[-point line]."

Over the last 10 games, Dooling is averaging 3.1 points and 1.3 assists over 14.6 minutes per game and shooting just 24.3 percent from the floor during that stretch. The one thing Dooling doesn't lack is confidence, however, and even though he made just 1-of-9 trifectas in wins over Milwaukee and New Jersey, he isn't afraid to keep firing away. For the season, the 12th-year guard is averaging 4.9 points and 1.3 assists per game. Dooling's only bucket Sunday came on a 21-foot jumper late in the first quarter and he finished with two points, an assist, and a steal over 9 minutes, 24 seconds against the Knicks.

Early in the season Dooling was solid for the C's, but injuries took him out of his groove. Bradley came in, and took his spot.  Bradley flurished once Rondo sat out for 8 games. Bradley has clearly played better this season, but Doc seems to go to Dooling over Bradley. I think Doc needs to think over playing Dooling over Bradley, and I think its time to look to others two fill in the spot.Maybe I'm wrong, and Doc trusts Keyon. I just know we need more production from Dooling, or we need to look elsewhere.

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Reply paul
8:11 AM on March 6, 2012 
I think we need Bradley to be the backup over Dooling. In fact, I thought Doc was bringing Dooling off the bench to back up Allen, with Pietrus backing up Pierce?
Reply Franklin
10:12 AM on March 6, 2012 
I would like to see more of Sasha,or Daniels. I wasn't happy with Sasha when he started the season,but snce then when his number is called. He's been good.
Reply Celticslifer
1:26 PM on March 6, 2012 
Dooling is a mistake. He shots worse than Tony Allen,and he can't playbdefense like him.
Reply jlil89
7:20 PM on March 6, 2012 
For now Bradley needs to be coming in at the point. He is more comfortable at 1 with very low turnovers, his shot falls for the most part, and runs brilliant cuts to the basket for easy lays. Obviously a much better defender as well. Once Dooling's 3 starts to sink more consistently, then I'm game to start having in more often at the 2. It all depends on the situation at hand in the end though.