Yes – another post about Ray and Paul's minutes and Doc's inability to reduce them. We all believe these 3-4 weeks of rest for KG will pay dividends in the playoffs (provided the muscle strain fully recovers). But there's a good chance Ray and Paul will be exhausted come May. Both played 45+ minutes on Sunday while J.R. Giddens and Bill Walker logged DNPs.
"Somebody else has to step up and the challenge for me is not doing what I did [Sunday] with Paul and Ray, that can't happen," Rivers said. "Obviously, that was a different circumstance because the injuries happened during the game or right before the game. It's tough to plan for but I still want to keep their minutes down, even in a time of crisis I want to keep their minutes down. We just have to find a way to win games."
Gerry Callahan thinks home court advantage is necessary and he pokes some fun at those calling for Pierce and Ray to rest:
They should be handled like Hummels by coach Doc Rivers for the rest of the regular season: No extra minutes in tight games, no grueling defensive assignments and, for God’s sake, no practice. Whenever they come out of a game, a team of geisha girls should be waiting on the bench to massage whatever ails them, assuring no lingering soreness for the postseason.
Home court won't mean squat if Paul and Ray are running on rubbery, sore legs in the playoffs. Am I crazy for thinking Giddens or Walker should be playing 7-10 minutes per game? Do those minutes really jeopardize the team's chances of winning games? Please advise me.