My friends… I was wrong.
I was wrong to expect something out of Rasheed Wallace.
I wasn't expecting much. I was merely expecting a modicum of productivity. I was expecting a little defense. I was expecting a couple of rebounds. I was expecting a couple of shots to fall.
But I was wrong to do it. Watching that play unfold Saturday night… with the Celtics up 3 late in the third and the Cavs making a run… I thought to myself "Oh finally… we go the stop we needed. Now let's… WHAT THE $%$#%^&*!!!!"
All he needed to do was hold onto the ball. He just needed to secure the rebound. If the Celtics had gone down and scored, they would have gone up 5 with just 20-something seconds probably left on the clock. If they had gotten another stop, they could have easily gone into the 4th up 5, rather than down 1.
So I'm done. I'm done with hoping for Sheed to snap out of whatever it is that he's doing. He's not doing anything out there but hurting this team. So let's do what we need to do to win.
Deactivate Rasheed Wallace, and activate Brian Scalabrine.
I'm not saying Scal should play a ton of minutes, but he'll make the most of the minutes he's out there. And he'll at least hustle for 3 to 5 minute stretches. He'll at least work the ball around the offense and not hurt the team with boneheaded plays.
I'm sorry, Sheed. I didn't want it to come to this. But to paraphrase you… eyes don't lie. I see what I see.
It's nothing personal. It's just what's got to be done. I actually believe that Brian Scalabrine on the floor helps our team more than Rasheed Wallace on the floor. He couldn't have made things any worse.
It's sad really, but I think activating Scal is the best thing to do.