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Your Morning Dump… Where Chris Wilcox is a difference maker

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) November 12, 2012 Celtics News, The Morning Dump 12 Comments

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

Let’s bottom line it: When Sullinger and Bass have shared the floor this season, the Celtics are minus-39.2 points per 48 minutes. The Wilcox-Bass (+13.2 points per 48), Wilcox-Green (+16.6) and Wilcox-Sullinger (+69.7) pairings all are decidedly better in a small early-season sample.

Now, part of the success of the Wilcox lineups has been his own inspired play over the past three games. It’s imperative that Wilcox maintain his intensity and production as his minutes begin to stretch out. But, at least for now, Wilcox is Boston’s best option as part of the early sub lineup.

ESPN Boston: C’s searching for early sub lineup

Wilcox has made an immediate impact on this team.  And he’s doing it with one simple thing:  effort.

And that’s not to say the other guys aren’t giving an effort.  What I am saying, though, is that Wilcox’s effort stands out.  There’s been a noticeable change in the team’s energy when Wilcox has stepped on the floor.  That’s why Doc singled him out for saving a game in which he only played 4 minutes.  Because he came in and changed the energy on the floor.

But it’s not JUST effort that has produced early season success for Wilcox.  You can see he’s also more comfortable out there executing on both ends of the floor.  His rotations are crisper than others’ at this point.  He’s in places where other guys playing his position are supposed to be, but aren’t yet.

It’s still to be determined whether this can last, but the past few games have shown quite clearly that Chris Wilcox needs to be on the floor.  And the more he can play and be effective, the more Doc can rest KG.  Garnett’s been one of the few bright spots so far this season, and it’s obvious how important he is to the team.  But if Wilcox can give Doc the ability to play KG 27 minutes instead of 32, I might make Wilcox my team MVP.

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  Pierce still searching for rhythm in new offense  |  ESPN Boston:  Mailbag: Growing pains or concerns?  | Pierce is captain consistency  |  Herald: Ainge travels with patience |  Globe: C’s encouraged by 2nd half against Bucks  |  MWDN:  C’s look to build on win

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  • Larry Legend

    Wilcox very underrated

  • Djisinthehall

    Like Wilcox alot.
    Catch the ball and dunk. Done.

    Run the floor catch and dunk.
    The game is simple.

    • Larry Legend

      The best part about his game: he runs. He’s active. Brings great energy to a team that really lacks it at times…really like Wilcox

  • http://slapdoghoops.blogspot.com Slap Dog Hoops

    It’s funny that Wilcox is showing all this effort because he has not for most of his career. I remember when he was drafted, there were many high expectations, but they all fell to the waistside. I guess that it is better late than never, right?

  • RedsLoveChild

    Wilcox is one of DA`s very best {and most underrated} acquisition.

    He knows his role…keeps things simple…does his job.

  • CelticsKid34

    i been saying it since we got him that he is underrated and hes gonna show people he can play… now the ball is in Doc’s court to give Wilcox more playing time. switch it up and put KG at forward sometimes and put Wilcox at center when we are playing a team with undersized centers

  • Curt

    I don’t think it’s just effort though. He is in the right place at the right time and has been since he became a Celtic. Sure it takes effort to be in the right place at the right time, but you also have to know where that right place is and be able to handle what Rondo gives you. He does this. Bass does not [as consistently]. Sully has not.

    Wilcox should start.

  • Chulinho

    You can see that Rondo enjoys Wilcox being on the court as much as we do.

  • eddysamson

    All last season he was DYING for someone to lob alley-oops to. Only person he had was freaking Hollins (and AB once or twice I believe)! So far this season I have been completely surprised to see the amount of these hes gone for with KG…what is it like 4 or 5 now at this point with 3 of them actually being dunks by KG?

    KG and Rondo clearly have it down, but KG going for these worries me with his age…I’d rather see Wilcox and Green on the receiving end.

    • eddysamson

      oops meant to reply to Chulinho…the HE refers to Rondo.

    • Chulinho

      I completely agree. I think the Rondo-KG connection should be used in moderation.

      Like Djsinthehall and Larry Legend pointed out, Wilcox is great because of his high energy and because of his simple role.

      He doesn’t look pressured on the court to constantly be a part of a play. I know his minutes have been minimal so far, but his energy certainly is infectious.

  • Joseph

    EFFORT! A NOVEL CONCEPT!