In games 1 and 2 of the NBA 1st Round Playoffs, Doc Rivers has been hesitant to play deep into his bench. Playing a confusing 8-man rotation that, in game 1, didn't include any big men, Doc has said he expects a lift from his role players now that the Celtics have returned to Boston. We can expect that Doc may dig deeper into his bench.
In a report issued by Jay King/Mass Live, Doc Rivers said that role players play better at home. It's Jay's opinion that Doc may pull more players off the pine to relieve his starters. I sure hope he does.
Mid-way thru game 2, the CLNS authors group was a buzz with questions regarding Courtney Lee and his absence from the rotations. Doc opted for Jordan Crawford because he supplies more scoring punch. Rivers has been open about his affinity for Crawford's offensive abilities but did not rule out a return to rotation for Lee either. Doc has put his guard rotation in the hands of the matchups and the scoring that's needed. No question, Jordan will continue to launch 9-12 shot attempts in his limited action. While Lee provides bull dog defense and a mild ability to knock down the occasion jumper.
So.. what do the Celtics need along side Avery Bradley in the back court? Lee's stingy defense or Crawford's stingy offense?
No question, the sticking point for Boston has been their offense. The Celtics have only shot two percentage points lower than the Knicks in games 1 and 2. What's been disturbing, however, are the lack of digits in the shots attempted category. Through 2 games, the Celtics have shot 20 less attempts than the NY Knicks. This has been a concerning number through the entire season for Boston.
Of course, home cookin' helps...