How much playing time should TA get?

Last week TB wrote a great article on the Celtics problems with their rotation.  As we all know, in the playoffs the rotation usually shortens to about 8-9 guys playing serious minutes. Right now the Celtics play about 10-11 guys and Doc has a reputation for not being the best when it comes to time management. So I ask, is less more in this situation? Is it better to have an 8-9 man rotation or an 11-12 man rotation?

Some may say having depth like this is a good thing, especially with the injuries the Celtics have experienced.  However, basketball is the one sport where having too much of one thing isn't good. For example, Big Baby, Sheed, and Sheldon all get minutes and all do different things well. If you could combine all their best qualities into one you'd take it, right? Basketball isn't about having the best players all on one team. It's about fitting the pieces together. Look at the old Bulls dynasty. They had MJ and Scottie and then a bunch of guys like Bill Wennington who just fit their role.

The problem is who do you sit? Finley and Nate need minutes because they can single handedly win games with their shooting. On the other hand they can also shoot you out of games. Rasheed is the 6th man and Big Baby is one of the Celtics best offensive rebounders.  When do you play Tony Allen? He's been on my you know what list for a long time, but has played some good basketball this year. One would think he would get some playing time. However, if you play TA that takes away time from Marquis who while inconsistent this year, could help the Celtics tremendously in the playoffs.  Or what about Sheldon? Everytime he's in there he makes good things happen and deserves some court time.  It's like in football when they say if you have two quarterbacks you don't have any.  In basketball if you have too many bench guys you have none at all.

With that said, I think besides Rasheed they need to play whoever is playing well that game. Doc has this terrible habit of going into a game with an idea of who he wants to play and not adjusting lineups depending on who is playing well. If Finley and Nate aren't hitting their shots, sit them. If TA starts reverting back to the Tony "Heart Attack" Allen of past years, sit him.  If or rather when Rasheed starts jacking up threes sit him too.  If Big Baby misses 2 easy layups in a row throw Sheldon in there. Hell, if things get real bad put the red head in.

The point is, while less is more in basketball you need to adapt to what you have as well. The Celtics don't have a set rotation right now so they need to adjust on the fly. Will Doc be able to resist the urge of playing a set rotation? We will have to wait and see.

Who do you think should get the most minutes come playoff time?

Karl Dillinger 3/30/2010 02:18:00 PM Edit
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  1. Anonymous says:

    I don't know if I would go as far as to say put in the redhead?

  2. tb727 says:

    Sheed, Baby, Nate and Finley or Marquis. No Tony Allen please!

  3. Anonymous says:

    No Scal on floor, please!!!!

  4. Jenda says:

    My point exactly! I agree completely, except you could do this article defensively based as well. Like who has which abilities and what are their weak sides.

  5. JR says:

    I would be inclined to go with Glen Davis as the back-up big.
    Essentially KG would be replacing Scal from last yr's bigs rotation which is a huge upgrade. I would use 'Sheed if foul trouble to the other three or a matchup warranted it (though I prefer other teams to be forced to matchup with us).

    As Paul and Ray's backup I'd go with Marquis. I'd use Tony if we needed some energy or athleticism (or to give Paul a rest defensively). Finley unfortunately would be out of my rotation unless an injury occurred. he's good insurance and was a great player years ago, but we have to play the best players now. Not the best players from earlier in the millenium.

    Nate would backup Rondo, though I see Rondo averaging about 40 mins.

    So Baby, Marquis, and Nate would be my primary bench.

    I don't see Doc doing this and I think it will look more like 'Sheed, Marquis and Nate (with Baby and Finley getting minor mins).

  6. ThomasJ says:

    Sheed,Marquis,Baby with Nate amd Fin on a short leash if shots aren't dropping.

    Marquis needs to get the minutes on a consistent basis he was getting early in the year.

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