Stiemsma blocked 6 shots, grabbed 4 rebounds, and most of all provided some much needed hustle and spark to a Celtics team that went stagnant in its loss to New Orleans on Wednesday night. With Chris Wilcox injured and Jermaine O'Neal giving us limited production the past few games, has Stiemsma shown us enough for Doc Rivers to give him a major role?
My guess is that Greg hasn't demonstrated enough yet to warrant taking JO's spot, but give him some more games and he might win Doc over. Plus we have to remember that Nenad Krstic had a great first game for Boston back in February after the Perkins trade, and then had many underwhelming performances after that, indicating that we can't always base judgement upon a player's first game for a new team. So the Steam Roller probably needs quite a few more games under his belt before we can crown him our new center.
Doc already told the press that rookie E'Twaun Moore would be taking over Avery Bradley's bench role, and Moore has played less minutes than Stiemsma. So Doc is obviously willing to switch roles if he likes what he sees in limited minutes. If Greg can continue to demonstrate good productivity, I am sure that Rivers could be convinced to give him the nod over Wilcox and maybe even JO, especially in the condensed schedule where we have many back-to-back games and JO will need to play reduced minutes. I could definitely see Greg as our #2 center, and perhaps start in a double header situation or if JO gets injured (which is likely given last year's track record).
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DH 12/29/2011 12:27:00 AM Tweet