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Doc's plan for the thin front court depth

Posted by shawn cassidy on February 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

What will Danny do? Well Doc shed some light on the team's lack of depth. I like what the Celtics picked up at the deadline, but what's the game plan after trading Collins. The Celtics will add a big, but when?


"We can't get into foul trouble," Celtics coach Doc Rivers joked while addressing his team's lack of frontcourt depth after sending Jason Collins to Washington with injured Leandro Barbosa in exchange for third-year guard Jordan Crawford.

Boston is dangerously thin up front with Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass being backed up by a group that includes Jeff Green, Chris Wilcox and Fab Melo. And Rivers admitted his team's available bigs could further dwindle at times before the end of this road trip.

"Listen, I'm going to sit Kevin in games, and, so, those are the games it'll be an issue for us. We'll be really small," said Rivers. "We may have to add a D-League guy, [because] I would be surprised if Kevin played all three of these games coming up. That puts a lot of pressure on us. But it's what we're going to have to do."

Rivers said the Celtics will sift through those who land in the buyout scrapheap in the coming days and continue to monitor the D-League in search of additional frontcourt depth, but said nothing was imminent.

"You've got the two groups left: The guys are who don't like their teams anymore, or their teams don't like them -- that group is the buyout group, which is getting smaller each year," said Rivers. "And then you have the D-League."

Rivers admitted there's additional pressure now on Wilcox to fill the role of first big off the bench, a spot he's struggled to be consistent in this season.

"Chris has struggled, not in that role, he's just struggled," said Rivers. "We're putting a lot of pressure on Chris. Chris is going to have play well for us."

I don't know what Danny has up his sleeve. But dealing your backup center without a plan sounds unreal, and silly. I'm starting to grow some faith that the Celtics will get one or two bigs. They need two for sure. They won't impact the Celtics I don't think, and I'm still stuck with no pass,and no rebound Bass. KG will get rest, and I guess Paul Pierce will be the starting power forward? Maybe they start Wilcox who's been struggling. I'll have more on the Celtics depth later on.

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Reply paul
10:32 PM on February 21, 2013 
Dave Cowens?
Reply C'slife
12:57 AM on February 22, 2013 
paul says...
Dave Cowens?

Suit up body, put on the old converse's.
Reply paul
7:45 AM on February 22, 2013 
Lol!! Wear the old uniform, with the short shorts!