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Thursday, 25 April 2013 10:20

Doc Rivers may go deeper into his bench at TD Garden - Knicks vs Celtics, Game 3

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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...


Nick Gelso

Nick Gelso is the Founding Partner and CEO of North Station Media, CLNS Radio. Gelso has been covering the NBA and Boston Celtics since 2008. He has locker room experience and is an accomplished NBA columnist and radio personality. Gelso has appeared on Boston radio, Las Vegas television, ESPNBoston, CBS Sports. He is co-host of CLNSRadio's flagship production, the Celtics Late Night Show and co-owner of CLNSRadio.


Additionally, Gelso is the co-host of Beats & Eats Podcast. Beats & Eats is an entertainment, foodie and pop-culture podcast network. Beats & Eats hosts podcasts from Hell's Kitchen Chefs' Barret Beyer & Anthony Rodriguez. Actors such as Lydia Cornell and Matt Fahey. Technology expert, and CLNS Columnist, Rich Conte. Hell's Kitchen Chef Dan Ryan hosts a reddit-based, pop-culture podcast. Chopped Chef, Rob Burmeister & Hell's Kitchen Chef, Clemenza host the culinary-comedy podcast, "Chewing the Fat with Big and Beefy."



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