After each game, we'll be taking stock in each players… and maybe coach's… performance. If we like what we see, we're buyin'. If we don't, we're sellin'. Or maybe we'll just hold onto our stock until we see more next game
Doc Rivers: I am buying the move to rest guys. I know the arguments against: You want a better record than the Lakers in case we go to a game 7. My argument for: we need to get to the Lakers first. The Celtics need to get good practices in so the new guys can learn. This is THE most important thing. Without this time to practice and FINALLY teach these guys something, this team is going nowhere. This is a good long-term playoff move by Doc.
Jeff Green: I've been hard on this guy lately so I'll be happy to acknowlege a 20 point 15 rebound effort. He played 47 minutes and got plenty of opportunities to make plays, get comfortable, and learn. Maybe one thing we learned is that when he doesn't feel the need to defer to the Big 3, he can play. If he learned that he doesn't HAVE to defer to the Big 3 when he's out there… then resting the starters was a genius move.
Jermaine O'Neal: He played 37 minutes and, by all accounts, survived. That's huge. Plus, he had this dunk, which I'm sure in the game felt much nastier than it looked. But hey, small victories. He had 13 rebounds a day after getting none. I'll take it.
Von Wafer: The missed free throw that would have sealed the game is one thing. Missing a wide open dunk… celebrating because you thought it went in… and then running into your teammate who grabbed the rebound to force the turnover is one of the most embarrassing things that can happen on the floor. And he knows it. Look at his face after he realized what happened. That's pure pain, folks. Of course… you know that… because you probably made the same face when he did it.
Troy Murphy: Remember when we were all on pins and needles hoping he wouldn't go to Miami? Yeah, he should have gone to Miami. They'd have been the 6th seed by now.
Glen Davis: Great stat line (except for the rebounds) 20 points, 3 boards, 4 assists, 2 steals and a MONSTER block on Javale McGee. But I can't buy into his game because I know he's relying on too many mid-range shots. He's taking almost 5 shots per game from 16-23 feet. That's what KG takes. Baby is not KG. He needs to remember that.
Delonte West: Another right ankle sprain. Like we needed that right now. I'm not just holding… I'm holding my breath that this is minor.