The Celtics bench has done squat in this series. There are some valid reasons: Big Baby is a starter, Leon shredded his knee, Marbury is buried beneath Rondo's giant shadow, TA has been banished to the witness protection program, and Mikki Moore isn't really that good.
But what about Eddie? He's made just 5 of 15 three-point field goals against Chicago. It's worse from the rest of the floor – 8 for 25. The second unit (and the entire team) needs an infusion of Eddie House energy. Spot up 3s, pull-up 3s, etc.
The Celtics defense, or lack of defense, continues to be a focal point for Doc Rivers. Apparently, there's too much switching going on:
"As a whole, as a group, we switched a lot, and we're not a switching team," coach Doc Rivers said yesterday.
Guard Rajon Rondo was among those guilty of gambling, sometimes creating mismatches defensively.
just Rondo, everyone," Rivers said. "We can't make up our own defenses
on the fly. As a team, we had 21 or 22 switches and that's an amazing
amount for our team.
Any explanations? Are the Bulls too quick and athletic for the Celtics?
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