Back in September, I said this:
And of course our biggest fear should be at the small forward spot. Paul Pierce has been durable… but durability only lasts so long. And when your backup, sadly, is made of paper mache’, there’s a little big of a concern that we’ll have some patchwork filling-in to do at the 3. Considering the number of really good 3’s out there… that’s not an appetizing proposition.
Well… here we are. And Doc is NOT happy with that patchwork solution…. which right now is pretty much Von Wafer, Luke Harangody, and a lot of smoke & mirrors
“[Von's] not big enough to be that guy,” Rivers said. “We’re going to have to do something. We worked on it today and I’ve been here seven years and you’ve seen me trap probably 10 times. We’re going to have to start trapping, which weakens your defense. I hate it. But we worked on it today and we’re going to work on it every day until we get another [small forward].”
[...] “When Paul goes out, somebody’s going to have to guard LeBron,” Rivers said. “We don’t have that someone.”
Hey… life and basketball are both all about adjustments. If you can't make them, then maybe you're not as good at either as you thought you were. The Celtics have to make some changes to accomodate peoples' capabilities? That's the way it goes.
We all knew going in that something could happen to Marquis. He's career high in games played was 74… and he did that once. After that it's nothing but low-60's and 50's. The C's HAD to know that they wouldn't get 80 games out of the guy… regardless of how freak an injury it may be. So they HAD to at least ask themselves "what if?".
Well… it's "What if?" time now. Let's see how this team adjusts.