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Your Morning Dump… Where Chris Wilcox is trying to prove himself

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 4, 2013 Celtics News, Chris Wilcox, The Morning Dump 9 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.

Wilcox reportedly was close to being shipped to the Washington Wizards as part of a deal that brought shooting guard Jordan Crawford to Boston. But Wilcox utilized a clause in the collective bargaining agreement to veto a potential deal and the team ultimately sent veteran Jason Collins to Washington, along with injured Leandro Barbosa, to complete the swap.

[...] “The main thing is this team gave me a second chance at getting back into the league, so I wanted to come back here and prove my point, let them know that I appreciate everything they did for me so far,” Wilcox said.

[...] “They took a chance on me, bringing me back after the trade deadline, so I just wanted to come out and play hard,” Wilcox said.

ESPN Boston: Chris Wilcox hopes to show worth

Chris Wilcox has gone through a lot in the year since finding out about his enlarged aorta.  But now he faces the most important stretch of that year.

He is only 30 years old, but in 10 years in the league, he’s played for six teams and he’s never been in the playoffs.  He’s been on two minimum deals in two years with the Celtics, a career that been interrupted by a potentially life-threatening condition.  Now, due to injuries and Kevin Garnett’s age, the Celtics have no choice but to play Wilcox important minutes over the last third of the schedule.    This is his chance to not only help his team… but  also to help himself.  He’s playing for what might be his last contract.  He’s not only trying to win games… he’s also trying to win some stability for himself.

Wilcox says the added minutes, and a clearer role will help him do what he needs to do. 

“My role has basically been the same the whole time, but it’s just more so being consistent and having the minutes to play it in,” he said. “At one point in time, I was playing like four or five minutes and it was kind of tough to be consistent and not know if you were going to play tonight or not.

“But now, I know my role and I know when I’m coming in and I know what I need to do to prepare.”

Wilcox will be a key factor for the Celtics if they are going to improve their playoff positioning.   As I mentioned on last night’s Celtics Stuff Live podcast (click the link to listen or download), the Celtics, with everything that’s happened to them, are just 2 games out of the fourth seed and home court in the first round of the playoffs.

That’s it.

Two games.

After all the injuries and the nonsense that’s been surrounding this team, they’ve got a chance to open a playoff series at home.  But Doc’s going to have to make sure Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are ready for that series.  That means other guys… guys like Chris Wilcox… are going to have to step up and become key contributors to wins down the road.

Wilcox says he’s ready.  He’s played pretty well lately.  But he’s now playing the most important basketball of his career.  Is he up for the challenge?

Related links:  ESPN Boston:  First sub is first rate

The rest of the links: 

Globe:  Pierce won’t be stopped by pain in the neck  |  Herald: Lessons in immersion  |  Kennebec Journal:  Doc makes house call, Red Claws win

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  • ay

    If you watch the games, you can see he is positioning himself better on both ends of the floor, I wasn’t sure he could do that, but I’m excited to see it. The stats from the espn article are amazing if you live by stats.

  • $tephanie95

    This week will be a good test for him with them having to play PHI, IND, ATL, and OKC. He’s really going to have to bring it (the entire team for that matter).

  • RedsLoveChild

    When Wilcox vetoed the trade to Washington…he saved Ainge from the embarrassment of getting royally screwed in a deal with the Wizards.

    • Chuck – Red’s Army

      I wouldn’t go that far. I did an Enemy Chatter about the trade and most Wiz bloggers HATED the deal. They thought Ainge ripped off Washington. I doubt the pendulum would have swung much had Wilcox replaced Collins.

      • RedsLoveChild

        I can understand Washington bloggers hating the trade…their team is 19-39, and they just traded away their 24 year old, third leading scorer for a guy who just destroyed his ACL.

        However, from our standpoint, Wilcox is clearly a “contributor”. He`s a big man, who runs the floor real well, and has a FG% that exceeds 70%.

        Plus, with Sullinger gone, Wilcox is the only one we have left who ever grabs an offensive board…at exactly twice the rate that KG or Bass grabs them.

  • KGino

    Thank God it was Collins.

    Wilcox is living proof that if Rondo had a young athletic big man who could run we would do SERIOUS damage on fast breaks

  • Paul

    I would prefer staying in the 6th/7th seed rather than try for 4 or 5. Why play Miami in the 2nd round? It makes more sense to stay in the 6th or 7th seed and face Chicago and/or New York while resting our guys than go all out for a 4th seed.

    • Roy

      I agree and disagree at the same time. Having to play them earlier enables us to use more energy, since we wouldnt be worn down by having to go through 2 series to get to Miami. Of course I’d like to see them play Miami in the ECF and get revenge

      • Curt

        I’d rather play Miami in the first round that way we could say Miami couldn’t even make it to the second round.