Pregame: 76ers won't tweak lineup

May, 18, 2012
5/18/12
7:44
PM ET


PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins said he will not make a starting lineup swap heading into Game 4 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Boston Celtics.

Even with Elton Brand battling a stiff neck, Collins said he would stick with a "proud" guy in Brand, rather than make a switch to someone like Lavoy Allen, who is having a solid series.

"I think (the neck is) bothering (Brand) more than what he wants to say, I'll say that," said Collins. "He's one of the most proud guys I've been around. I'm going to put him out there again and see what he can do."

The Celtics made a somewhat controversial late-season starting lineup swap moving Ray Allen to the bench and keeping Avery Bradley with the starting unit after thriving in Allen's absence. Last night, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra tweaked Miami's starting lineup looking to compensate for the loss of Chris Bosh.

How does Doc Rivers feel about lineup swaps?

"You have to do what you have to do," said Rivers. "It’s one game at a time, trying to win that game. We all do it. I don’t do it very often. I don’t change a lot, in that way. I may want to and just sub early, sometimes we do that. I’m a big believer in continuity. Having said that, listen, you’ll do anything to win a game. I think all of us coaches have tried it."

The Celtics are dinged up, including starters Paul Pierce (left MCL sprain) and Avery Bradley (sore left rotator cuff), but they'll have their typical lineup on the floor. And Collins expects them to be looking for a bit of a knockout punch with a chance to take a 3-1 series edge with Game 5 set for Boston on Monday night.

Collins said the Celtics are likely thinking about not having to come back here and getting some rest. After Boston's offensive fireworks in Game 3, Collins noted, "We have to do a better job defensively."

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

PODCASTS

Capital Games with Andy Katz and Rick Klein

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Congressman Peter King join the debut podcast to discuss security at this year's Boston Marathon.

Inside Out with Prim Siripipat

Boston Marathon runner Demi Clark and her husband Brian, talk about the impact of witnessing the bombings last year. Dr. Jonathan Katz speaks about dealing with trauma.

Hockey Today

Scott Burnside is joined by Craig Custance, Katie Strang, Joe McDonald and Pierre LeBrun to break down each series of the first round of the 2014 NHL playoffs.

Baseball Tonight

Buster Olney talks with Tim Kurkjian and Aaron Boone about the Braves hot start, the Nationals' injury woes, John Farrell's ejection after a blown replay and much more.

TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksK. Humphries 0.9