A lot readers said it. A lot of people during the game were tweeting it.
Why wasn't Brandon Bass in the game down the stretch?
At the time, it appeared Doc was riding his recent small-lineup success to try to generate defensive stops and kick-start a stalled offense with some transition basketball. But in Game 4, it let the team down. On a night where Brandon Bass shot 6-10, finally getting his groove back, Doc played him 22 minutes, five minutes fewer than the one-armed Avery Bradley.
A few minutes ago, Doc admitted it was a mistake.
It was a tough call for Doc because, at that point, the Celtics needed Ray Allen's offense out there. But Ray's ankle is making his already suspect defense a bigger liability. He ended up on Andre Iguodala in key spots and Iggy made the C's pay.
The Celtics need Ray Allen, but they also need to be smarter about how and where they use him.
It's difficult to be too hard on Doc for going with a strategy that worked three straight games. He definitely deserve the blame for not making the in-game adjustment, but I would imagine he'd be more flexible moving forward.