|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 6, 2012 at 9:00 AM|
"These four games, if you've noticed, we’re basically at nine [rotation players], and that’s what we’re going to do," said Rivers, who noted how Kevin Garnett is the only player he's currently trying to limit in terms of minutes.
"But I like our rotation; I tightened it on purpose. I told our coaches after the Oklahoma City game, ‘When we come back, there’s nine guys. And that’ll be it.’ Every once in a while when we can go 10 we will, but that 10th guy right now is going to be a short-minute guy, whoever it is. And I like what we’re doing.”
That current nine-man rotation features the starting group of the Big Four and Brandon Bass, along with a reserve unit of Avery Bradley, Keyon Dooling, Mickael Pietrus, and Chris Wilcox. On Sunday, Marquis Daniels, Sasha Pavlovic, JaJuan Johnson, and Greg Stiemsma all earned healthy DNPs against the Knicks (Jermaine O'Neal and E'Twaun Moore were the inactives).
I'm happy with the bench (minus Dooling) but I want another rebounding big. JO is a big question mark, and we knew that before the season even started. Jermaine has been mixed up in rumors, and to be honest I wouldn't mind if Ainge traded him for a player that will actually give us something. Jermaine at best is a back-up, and when, or if he gets back. Bass will still be in the starting unit. The nine man rotation seems to be working just fine, but I still have major concerns with Dooling. What do you make of the nine man rotation? Are you happy with the bench?