(right knee), the slumping Celtics needed to experiment with potential
lineups to ensure continuity — something they lacked mightily in
Wednesday's third straight loss to the Suns.
"We went two hours today, which is a long practice for us," said
Rivers. "A lot of it was skeleton, but we went over every single
[offensive] set with all different crazy lineups because we might have
those [Saturday] and we have to have some semblance of offense, at
least some continuity."
Players flipped back and forth from green (starters) and white (bench), but the most common green lineup (pictured here) featured J.R. Giddens, Ray Allen, Tony Allen, Rasheed Wallace, and Kendrick Perkins. Those five are projected to start Saturday's game against Toronto.
Lord help us. Tony Allen will be starting at point guard tonight against the Raptors. What's the team record for turnovers? Just kidding…
Congrats to J.R. Giddens who got all choked up yesterday when speaking about his opportunity to start an NBA game. We could debate why TA is starting over E-House and Lester Hudson, or why Doc is going with Giddens over Scal, but will it really matter?
Despite a sore ankle, Glen Davis expects to play a lot of minutes. The Celtics will have to pound the ball inside if they want to beat the Raptors.
On Page 2, Doc won't say when Kevin Garnett will return.
not going to be that long,’’ Rivers said. “I looked at the schedule and
the days off, and thought this was the time to do it. It was a freak
accident and Kevin is as frustrated as anybody. He hyperextended his
knee twice – a freak accident. He jumped and he’s off his feet, someone
kicks you. For that to happen once is almost impossible, for it to
happen twice is bad luck…
Last week, Doc pointed to Jan. 6 vs Miami as a possible return date. Now he won't even give us a date. Anyone else nervous?
The rest of the links:
WEEI – Garnett Rest Not Part of Master Plan | Herald – Scouting Report: Raptors at Celtics | CSNNE – Rondo Out, Giddens to Start | Globe – Raptors Thumbnails | Toronto Star – Weary Celtics Could Be Prime Pickings For Raps | ESPN – Wiz Gun Dispute Began Over Card Game | NY Post – Wiz Could Void Arenas Contract | ESPN – Kobe Hits Another Buzzer Beater