The (basketball ignorant) duo of Dennis & Callahan interviewed Doc Rivers this morning on WEEI. Here's what Doc had to say about the compact schedule, the bench and minutes:
"Listen, the last four years we started out great," said Rivers. "I think if they had stopped the season after 30 games we'd have won four championships in a row. Unfortunately, we don't, and so the first thought for us going into the season is that we have to finish the season. Obviously, what's happened is injuries. We get into a season and injuries happen and we can't finish the year. Last year was a great example of that, we just didn't finish the year. So with 66 games, the only thought going in is that you are going to need more guys to play, you're going to have to deeper into your rotation and then every single coach is going to have to be a master manager of rest and time."
Managing minutes has never been Doc's strength. He preaches incessantly about reducing the workload on the Big 3, but their minutes played haven't changed much since 2007-08. As John wrote this morning, bench trust has been an issue.
Would you rather have a rested Celtics team enter the playoffs as a 6th seed, or a fatigued team as the 3rd seed?
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