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Your Morning Dump… Where Doc’s firing warning shots

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) December 21, 2012 The Morning Dump 15 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.

Yet every compliment he heaped on Collins after a one-point, two-rebound, six-foul effort in 23 minutes of a 103-91 victory against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers was also a veiled swipe at the higher-priced, higher-ceiling players who weren’t getting the job done before Rivers felt he had to make a change.

“His preparation is good,” said Rivers of Collins, who has scored three points in 80 minutes this season heading into Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden. “He’s very attuned. You can hear him on the bench telling guys what they should’ve done when they’ve come out of the game all year.”

Now, as the coach appears set to move forward with Collins as his starting center and Kevin Garnett as the team’s power forward – at least, in the very short term – the ripple effect will be lost minutes for players once considered critical to the team’s rotations.

On Wednesday night, the minutes victims of Jason Terry joining Collins in the new starting five were mainly Leandro Barbosa, Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox. Green played only 14 minutes off the bench – again struggling with just three points on 1-for-4 shooting with one rebound. Barbosa played three minutes and Wilcox never got off the pine.

MetroWest Daily  News:  C’s lineup shift a warning from Doc

The message is clear from Doc.

“If you don’t want to get the job done, I’m going to find somebody who will.”

Meaningful minutes aren’t bestowed upon you in this league, and especially not on this team.  Does this smack of desperation?  Of course.  Whatever Doc has tried behind the scenes isn’t resonating with these guys.  So Doc’s going to try something else… taking away their minutes until they figure out exactly how they need to play to earn their minutes back.

Though part of me wonders if Doc might stumble on to something with this move.

Maybe the Celtics need a 5th guy in the starting line up that is simply a pick-setter.  Maybe they need a guy who doesn’t need the ball like Bass does to get himself going offensively.  Collins is content with setting other guys up and making sure they’re free to work.  Maybe that’s what these guys need rather than a guy who is looking to get the ball.

I’m not saying Collins is the answer (as Chuck said.. he can’t be, he just can’t).  But maybe the Celtics search for a big man focuses on a guy who can do all those things and rebound a little better.  Or maybe one of the guys who just lost his minutes can start doing that a little better.

Until then, the warning shots have been sent.  We’ll see how guys respond.

The rest of the links: 

CSNNE:  Celtics prepare for Secret Santa  |  ESPN Boston:  C’s need Terry starting  |  Ainge:  No excuse for poor play  |  Herald:  Pierce’s number not up at 35  |  MWDN:  Pierce so sweet on 16 shots

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  • Paul

    Watching Minnesota/OKC last night, I realized that what this team is missing is Stiesma.

    • mrchumpy

      Auuuuuuugh painful memories! I miss that kid, he was perfect Celtic material and exactly what this team needs right now.

    • eddysamson

      yep, the Steamer is the shit!

    • Nate

      I really missed his atrocious pick-and-roll D

    • Sheets

      We need Kevin love, Stiesma isn’t going to save this team.

    • Astarot

      Yeah they’d use Steamer’s game for sure. That’s why I was so disappointed that he chose Wolvs but I respect it. He wouldn’t be an “answer” but for today his presence would help Boston a lot.

  • RedsLoveChild

    True, Collins is not the “answer”…but, the mere use of him does cause one to hope they are finally getting smart about one critical NBA fact :

    Small Ball is never, ever the “answer”!

    • sev

      tell that to the heat….

      • RedsLoveChild

        You mean that team with 3 future Hall of Famers, all currently in their prime?

        One of them just happens to be the most talented player on the planet….while another stands 6`10″?

  • MJBarbosa

    Danny should get Chris Andersen

  • Roy

    this is the most desperate move Doc has done since inheriting KG.. Even when we struggled in other years he never went as far as benching guys and cutting minutes. Pretty bold move by Doc but I like it

  • Astarot

    Guys off-topic. Joey Crawford is officially insane. He was dancing Gangnam Style during game break in Salt – Lake City, half naked!! In my opinion he’s either insane or stupid but most likely both. Gotta see the shirnk and should be kicked out of the NBA long time ago. The League gotta do something with him!!!

    • zippittyay

      omg, he should be fined for that.

      • Astarot

        That’s the point. Refs should take full responsibility for everything they do just like players. They should explain to the lague officials for the decisions they make on the court, they should be evaluated for the level of officiating, evaluation should be publicly avaliable and the worst of them should be fire just like that. I know they will make mistakes and their job is hard, they’re just people but they ain’t Gods and they gotta be remind about that cuz the level of their job is ridiculously low. And for something like that, again, he should be not only punished but kicked out of the league. By the way Crawford should visit The Clown more often they’d get along pretty well.

  • Chris H

    They need a big man, plain and simple, first off. Secondly, the rest of the guys need to play like C’s or get gone.

    Problem #1 is easy to fix, but it seems like recognizing this fact is the harder part for Doc. KG can play center but is NOT a center. So if we have ANY options, we should explore them and play them first before trying to make some bold “blow up the team” move that never works out.

    Give Melo and Collins a week of games to show what they can do. Hell, you are already in the shitter schedule wise with your current group. How much worse could it get? If it doesn’t improve, blow it up, but do it in good conscience.

    Problem # 2 I think he has a good handle on.