Last year, the Celtics' bench was a big key to winning the championship. This year, it's being looked at as a bit of weakness. But we might be hitting a turning point.
The new guys, Mikki Moore and Stephon Marbury, are starting to get it. Moore looks worlds better than he did at first. He's starting to trust the defense, which means he's not fouling as much. And he's making the baskets whenever that opportunity is there.
But Steph is really starting to make some great progress. He's attacking without forcing things. He's finding guys in their sweet spots, which allows the offense to flow. And he's getting his own shots within the offense. And it's all because he's getting more comfortable.
"The last two practices I’ve just been getting it, getting into a rhythm of what they do offensively," said Marbury. "Defensively it’s kind of simple because all you have to do is play hard and the setup and the concepts are pretty much the same. But offensively you've got to learn what you want to get out of the offense, knowing when to be aggressive…I’m learning that, I’m adjusting.”
I asked him about it after the game on Twitter.
@starburymarbury I'd say this was your best game as a Celtic. Feeling more comfortable with things?
@RedsArmy every game i'm getting better, learning the offense makes it alot easier
Another Twitter user asked him about being a bench player, rather than a starter.
@StarburyMarbury U r def making an impact, but do u find it hard to "find your groove" as Iverson complained about coming off the bench?
@NajaB its hard. i understand what he is saying but you have to look at tbhe big picture
I know Steph has said if the Celtics want him, he'll be here next year… but I think he's going to be much happier next year as a starter. Regardless, he's getting it on the court right now. And if this bench is clicking when they head into the playoffs… watch out.