|Posted by shawn cassidy on February 23, 2013 at 6:30 AM|
The Celtics are thinner than a saltine up front. Even more without Jason Collins who was apart of the Jordan Crawford deal. Doc must be a Doc, because he could tell that KG was gassed. It all points back to his 47 minute performance against the Nuggets in the triple-overtime thriller. KG was valiant in his effort against the Lakers, but Doc knew at that moment he had to rest KG. Doc gambled just for the fact that the Celtics needed a win on this trip. Doc could have felt pressured, but his decision showed how good of a coach he is. Yes, at times I can be hard on Doc, but I would want no other coach. His gamble to rest KG allowed other players to step up, and it was great for the two new guys. Jordan had 10 points, and Williams had 9 points.
"It was just a good win, a feel-good win for all the guys," gushed Rivers. "The new guys played great. Jeff was phenomenal. We started the game running a set that we had never ran in our lives. We drew it up literally right before the first play, but they just had the basketball IQ to keep working and they actually showed us options that I didn't know we had.
I'm glad that Doc pointed that out. This team looked smart out there, and they absolutely showed us options that I had no idea they had. Lee for me has become better, and better much Green. I think he's actually better than Bradley at this stage, but not by much. Bradley will get there, but Lee keeps getting better.
"It was just a good feel-good win, everyone did their job. Courtney Lee, all the guards rebounded and stayed in there. Because Jeff got off to the start, it forced [the Suns] to have to match up. Then it was a small game, and that's the only way we could be. So that was good for us."
Green made the most of the spot start, even if he said he didn't change his approach. He scored 13 first-quarter points and really set the tone for the game.
"I didn't have a different mindset at all," said Green. "My mindset was the same as me coming off the bench, just come out and be aggressive, just try to make a statement on the game early, and that's what I did, by attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line."
I'm afraid all my posts will come back to Green, but he won this game, or I think he set the tone, and everyone else followed his lead. Jeff Green made Doc look good after his brave risk. It paid off, and even Pierce got a little rest after the blowout win.