|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 9, 2013 at 5:25 AM|
I liked the new starting lineup. How about you? Not only did I like the stating unit. I liked Doc's rotations of guys. Doc found a way to stay big on the court, but also small. Wilcox, and Kevin know how to run the floor, and that works with the fast pace up and down game that small guys play with. The Celtics didn't crush the Wizards on the glass. The Celtics edged them out 38-36. But it was more then a stat this time. I ran through the stats yesterday, and after the game, but here's what the guys say about the new starting team, and bench.
Said Bass: "I think it’s cool, man, for us to be big. It helps us with rebounding. I don’t know, we’ll see how it goes."
Said Pierce: "That’s gonna be up to Doc, whoever he decides he wants out there, but the key for us is to develop that consistency over the next week and a half, what we want to do and who we want to be going into the playoffs, and tonight is an example of that when we play the right way, when we defend, we score 107 points, score in the paint and we can limit the other team."
Said Garnett: "It doesn't matter what lineup's on the floor, as long as we're playing the right way. That's all my concern is. We need to make sure we're sharing the ball, playing as a team, giving up for each other, playing defensively, being one voice, one sound. Those are the things that're most important."
KG doesn't give a crap who's out there. All he cares about is how hard you play. Paul is always mister go with the flow. Bass likes the help on the glass, but how does Doc feel?
After behind-the-scenes tests runs for much of the year -- and a mere 13 minutes of actual in-game action -- the return of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, coupled with the recent ascension of Jeff Green, allowed coach Doc Rivers to pair the trio with Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass.
The unit played 10 minutes together overall and finished plus-7 in plus/minus. How did Rivers think the unit looked in the short glimpse at the start of each half?
"I liked it at times; I didn’t like it, honestly, in the third quarter," said Rivers. "[The Wizards] started running a lot of guard action and we were getting lost... Early on in the first half, we kept losing one of their shooters because Jeff and Paul are not used to pulling in and getting back out. So what did we give up, 50 points in the first half or whatever? Fifty-two? And the second half was better. So we have to be better defensively with all the guard action then we were tonight.
"Other than that I liked it because it creates [mismatches for] one of the two guys [Pierce or Green]. I am surprised that, so far, even with Paul and Jeff at the 2 and 3, even without Kevin, [opponents have] put the smaller guy on Paul. Every time. And that surprised me."
The Celtics can create some wild mismatches, and I think Doc has found his lineups if the Celtics stay healthy. The one thing about is that he goes back to what feels comfortable. Sometimes he doesn't give things a fair shake. Will see if he sticks with the big lineups. Will Randolph get playing time in the playoffs, and the same can be said of some other guys.