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Your Morning Dump… Which bench player steps up tonight?

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.

Rivers said he isn’t reluctant to use
anyone on his bench if necessary — the key words being “if necessary.’’

“Obviously, you want guys to be efficient
so you don’t have to extend your minutes, but I would be willing to do
it if I thought we had to,’’ Rivers said yesterday. “If I thought a guy
wasn’t doing his job, or a guy was injured or in foul trouble, I have
faith in the guys that I haven’t played. I have no problem putting them
in if I have to do that.’’

Globe – Bench continues to stand out

It's a given that Doc will give big minutes to Tony Allen, Rasheed Wallace and Glen Davis. Micheal Finley might see a handful.

While Doc says he's willing to go deeper, we all realize it will take major foul trouble or an injury for Marquis Daniels and/or Nate Robinson to see the court.

The beauty of the Cs second unit is that they can dominate simply by playing with energy – hitting the boards, taking charges and grabbing loose balls. The two starters left to play alongside them (usually Rondo and Ray/Paul) can handle the majority of the offense.

Doc compared this squad to the 2008 reserves:

“They were pretty consistent,’’ Rivers said. “You could pretty much
write down what Posey was going to do, and P.J. This group, you just
don’t know from game to game, and that makes it more challenging."

That's right. Po-Z was a lock for physical defense and at least one back-breaking three. PJ always hit the boards. I loved those guys.

On Page 2, a peak ahead to the Finals schedule.

The first is if the Celtics and Lakers end their series in five games or
less, the Finals would begin Tuesday, June 1. Here's the full schedule
under that scenario:

Game 1: Tuesday, June 1 – Celtics at Lakers, 9 p.m. (ABC)

Game 2: Thursday, June 3 – Celtics at Lakers, 9 p.m. (ABC)

Game 3: Sunday, June 6 – Lakers at Celtics, 8 p.m. (ABC)

Game 4: Tuesday, June 8 – Lakers at Celtics, 9 p.m. (ABC)

Game 5*: Thursday, June 10 – Lakers at Celtics, 9 p.m. (ABC)

Game 6*: Sunday, June 13 – Celtics at Lakers, 8 p.m. (ABC)

Game 7*: Tuesday, June 15 – Celtics at Lakers, 9 p.m. (ABC)

If either the Eastern or Western Conference Finals advance to a Game
6, the NBA Finals would begin Thursday, June 3. Here's the schedule
under that scenario:

Game 1: Thursday, June 3 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 9 p.m.

Game 2: Sunday, June 6 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 8 p.m. (ABC)

Game 3: Tuesday, June 8 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 9 p.m.

Game 4: Thursday, June 10 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 9 p.m.

Game 5*: Sunday, June 13 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 8 p.m.

Game 6*: Tuesday, June 15 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 9 p.m.

Game 7*: Thursday, June 17 – Celtics/Magic vs. Lakers/Suns, 9 p.m.

ESPN Boston

Ugh. I just remembered the 9pm start times. Screw you David Stern and ABC.

While the dates under the second scenario are correct, Orlando would host Phoenix provided both teams pulled off a miracles.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Celtics don't rest on laurels | Magic desperately trying to stay in control | Herald – Tony Allen roles with punches | Truth set free | Green vow to avoid repeat letdown | Perk's maturity pivotal | CSNNE – Magic tricks yet to work | ESPN Boston – Celtics will keep doing their thing | Probability and statistics for Game 3 | Orlando Sentinel – Van Gundy says season a failure without title

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  • Rodger

    Orlandos got a shot here’s the refs for tonight.
    Bennett Salvatore
    Bill Spooner
    Greg Willard
    Looks like 5 on 6 little worried about bennett.

  • Perry

    So far, the only legit argument you can make on the Magic’s behalf has been their 4th quarter surge. Even with better ball penetration in game 2 they only shot 39%. Celts must continue to keep them inside the 3 point line and limit their long range shots. The Magic are not comfortable playing a mid range game. Howard’s big scoring night is a red herring. Uncharacteristically, Perk allowed him to catch the ball in his spots with ease. If he can stay on the floor for more than 15 minutes he’ll make sure Howard is moved further off the blocks.
    After game 5 in Cleveland, Kevin went on the record comparing game 6 to a game 7. He set the tome early and delivered a victory. Now I expect Pierce to deliver his post game promise. Pierce is in the Magic’s heads. Barnes/Carter/Pietrus have not been able to slow him down. Collectively those defenders are shooting 13 for 55 from the field.
    We know Kevin will not allow R.Lewis to become a factor. So the Celts defense have reduced or in this case elevated Reddick to a second scoring option. That’s bad news for the Magic.

  • whats with these refs man? say more.
    i don’t pay enough attn to their names
    but i do have total recall on some of the rat faces…