|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 28, 2013 at 5:45 AM|
I think Doc should start Wilcox with KG. They need to play big,and Doc can bring in Bass and Randolph or White together off the bench. Bass can add to the scoring off the bench as well. I would like to see Wilcox take some of the beating instead of KG. Doc could also take out KG at his normal mark which is around the 7 minute mark in the first quarter, and Doc can still have Wilcox in the first until he brings KG in around the 1-2 minute mark in the first, or if he keeps KG out until the start of the second quarter. Doc can still take Wilcox out towards the end of the first quarter if he decides to save KG until the second quarter. I could be wrong, but getting killed on the boards for the past three years is old. Doc needs to find ways to stay big within in his own system.
The Celtics, without Kevin Garnett, may be at their most size-challenged in the Doc Rivers era, and that means the coach will try anything with the possibility of it working.
Last night that meant giving Chris Wilcox his first start of the season at center, even if Wilcox has not played well, including a nine-minute stint without a rebound during Tuesday’s loss to the Knicks.
“I don’t know what (starting) means to him, but I know what it means to us,” Rivers said of Wilcox. “I want him to play well. I need him to play well. He didn’t play well (Tuesday) night, he hasn’t been consistent and we need him to be consistent. He’s important to our team.”
Wilcox responded with a solid six-rebound, six-point performance. He also played the entire first quarter for the first time as a Celtic.
“Yeah, it did help,” Wilcox said of getting a rare prolonged run. “Tonight I played a whole quarter, so that was getting off to a good start. By the end of the day we all came together and played like a team down the stretch.”
Wilcox has also been playing with a slow-to-heal right thumb sprain that kept him out of 12 games between December and January.
“It’s all right,” he said. “Sometimes when I dunk I’ll feel it when I hit it on the rim, but it’s OK.”