|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 8, 2013 at 5:25 AM|
I wish this was the norm, and maybe it could be heading into the playoffs. The effect of Garnett's return saw Boston's big man duo of Shavlik Randolph and Chris Wilcox combining for 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting with 12 rebounds in 35 minutes. That is damn solid. Bass had game-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting, with 6 rebounds. KG also played a solid 24 minutes with 12 points, and 6 rebounds.
"I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive," Wilcox said. "It was Kev's first game back and I just wanted to go out there and run the floor and just try to get involved a little bit more. In the past I kind of went away from getting in there, banging and stuff, so I think tonight I went in there and just tried to get a couple easy baskets and it worked tonight."
Doc found something with KG and Wilcox starting the second quarter, and here's why. Most teams double Kevin when he gets the ball in his spot. His spot is usually above the elbow of 15-17 feet away from the basket. With that said. Wilcox can finish the ball very well in the paint, and it works with Chris rolling to the basket after is double teamed.
"I don’t know," Rivers said when asked if Randolph's emergence has motivated Wilcox at all. "I don’t know if I see it yet. I don’t think Shav knows one way or the other; I think he’s just going to play hard. Now when Chris is in, I think, yeah, he sees Shav playing and it’ll make him want to play better. I don’t think Shav needs to be encouraged to play hard, or better. He’s doing his best, getting knocked around, hit in the face, it’s great."
The Celtics need both bigs, and if Wilcox is encouraged to play well because of Randolph, and because of KG. I say more power to Wilcox for using something to get him going. Randolph is capable of taking his spot completely, and Doc may have worked Wilcox up by having Randolph as the first big off the bench.
"At the end of the day, I wish I could have had better games when (Garnett) was out," Wilcox said. "But, at the same time, I've just got to keep playing hard and keep competing.
"It's going out there with effort, going out there competing, running the floor, getting blocks, getting back, getting rebounds, different things like that. Just be in the right rotation at the right time and that's what the team needs from me."
I think we can't forget that Wilcox had heart surgery as well, and he also missed games early in the season because of a broken thumb. With all of the praise. This four headed monster must deliver nightly. It's easier said right? I think KG can lead the bigs, and it's big for this team. They lack rebounding, and inside scoring at times, and if they can replicate games like this. Then the Celtics are in good shape.