In Tuesday's Game 2 loss, Courtney Lee was on the floor for just 4 minutes. Fellow reserve guards Jason Terry (34 min) and Jordan Crawford (25) were the only Celtics bench players to get any significant court time. The Metro West Daily News' Scott Souza sent this tweet today from Celtics practice:
#Celtics coach Doc Rivers: Courtney Lee is not playing right now. Jordan Crawford has moved in front of him on depth chart.
— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) April 25, 2013
In Game 1 Terry, Crawford, and Lee were the only subs to enter the game. Using a bench composed entirely of 2 or 3 shooting guards does not feel like a very effective strategy. The Celtics played their best ball of the year just after losing Rajon Rondo, with Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee as the starting backcourt. The tandem was a nightmare for opponents defensively, is it time to bring that back? Or if Rivers is committed to using Crawford over Lee for offensive purposes, maybe he should just insert the former Wizard into the starting lineup? Either way Jeff Green could still play 35+ minutes as the 6th man, and at least that would give Doc a little flexibility with his playoff-shortened bench.
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Mark Vandeusen 4/25/2013 01:35:00 PM Tweet Edit