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Doc plans to stay big against Memphis

Posted by shawn cassidy on January 2, 2013 at 6:30 AM

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C'S WILL STAY BIG VS. GRIZZLIES: Despite the team's recent struggles, Rivers reaffirmed that he'd like to stay big with Jason Collins running with the first unit. "At times, we may change that, but right now we like it," Rivers said. "There’s certain teams it’s hard to do it against. I don’t think [Memphis is] one of those teams.

You better do it tomorrow night, because they have two terrific bigs. I do think it’s helped Kevin, even though the numbers wouldn’t say it right now, because none of us -- we played pretty poor on this road trip, other than the first game. We couldn't make a shot, I thought at times we looked tired, old and slow -- not Kevin, but I’m saying as a team. We have to do better." How exactly does Collins help Garnett?

"No. 1, he doesn’t have to bang against the bigs all game, which I think, physically it helps Kevin. I think, mentally, it helps Kevin ... [with] rotations. He’s as good as Kevin at calling them out, and so Kevin feels like he doesn't have to do everything, and again, that may just be an emotional advantage for Kevin, but it’s still a good advantage for Kevin."

Is Doc finally getting something out of being big? The Celtics can't fully flex their muscle with just one true center in Jason Collins. But Collins has helped KG despite the Celtics losing three games in a row. It's a shame that Wilcox is out right now. I can't wait for his return. The Celtics need to use Sully as much as possible. He's getting better game by game. Bass has regressed sadly. The Celtics need to get bigger still, but in their heading in the right direction.

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Reply paul
6:47 AM on January 2, 2013 
I think Collins helps KG be KG. KG like to get out on the perimeter, harassing guards, where his length and quickness make him pretty devastating.
Reply Franklin
11:45 AM on January 2, 2013 
KG also played power forward for 17 years so its natural for him. Now u have KG,and Bradley out there.
Reply jlil89
2:37 PM on January 2, 2013 
paul says...
I think Collins helps KG be KG. KG like to get out on the perimeter, harassing guards, where his length and quickness make him pretty devastating.

Very true. I think we are starting to realize that last year was just a miraculous second wind putting KG in that 5 spot. There is just no way he can keep that up for a whole season. Waaaay to much of a beating. Because of this, I really see trying to make some sort of move just to preserve KG and keep his presence when he leaves the floor. It does not have to be blockbuster, just serviceable.
Reply paul
4:55 PM on January 2, 2013 
But, darnit, Rondo has to step up defensively. He just has to.