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Over the first 14 games of the season, Jason Collins played a grand total of 8 minutes (all on Nov. 15 in Brooklyn).  But he's now exceeded that amount in each of the past three games, and the numbers are trending upwards (11, 12, and 14 respectively).  Meanwhile Chris Wilcox logged just 3 minutes of action on Saturday against the Bucks, the fewest he's played since the home opener on Nov. 2nd (coincidentally also vs. the Bucks).  Yesterday CSN's A. Sherrod Blakely wrote:

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made it clear following Boston's 91-88 loss at Milwaukee on Saturday night that the decision to go with Collins ahead of Wilcox was not in connection with Wilcox's health.  "Jason gives us size and he's playing well," Rivers said.

And from ESPN Boston this morning:

"Yeah, Jason gives us size and he's playing well," Rivers said. "He played well [Friday], he helps out. Chris does his things, too, so I got a feeling it'll be back and forth all year."

Obviously Doc has a better knowledge of the situation than I do, but the fan in me really hopes he doesn't mean what he's saying.  Collins did manage to pull down 5 rebounds and block a shot in his longest outing of the year Saturday.  But he also has yet to score a point during his recent trend of extended playing time.  To me he looks old, slow, clumsy, and half dead out on the court.  Wilcox on the other hand seems to bring energy and enthusiasm to the floor, not to mention his great chemistry with Rajon Rondo (which we saw flashes of last season before his heart surgery).  I'd like to believe that Rondo's return from suspension will also lead to Wilcox regaining his role as the primary backup center.

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Mark Vandeusen 12/03/2012 12:14:00 PM Edit
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