Pregame: Same starters, Daniels returns
November, 2, 2012
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Some quick notes before tip-off as the Boston Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks in their home-opener at TD Garden:
* The Celtics will stick with the same starting lineup from opening night, keeping Brandon Bass at the power forward position alongside Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Bass had a nice night on the glass in the opener (11 rebounds), and Rivers was asked if that was a focus for Bass coming into the season. "We all talked about it. We have to be a better rebounding team," said Rivers. "And he’s been great. He’s done it, obviously in the first game, but he did it through preseason and doing it in practice. We need it."
* Fab Melo and Avery Bradley are the inactives again for Boston. Asked if he'd like Melo and fellow rookie Kris Joseph to spend time with the parent club or head off with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, Rivers noted, "Honestly, I haven’t given that a minute of thought. That is something that [Celtics GM] Danny [Ainge] and [director of player personnel] Austin Ainge will probably talk about at some point. I haven’t given it much thought. I’m too concerned with the guys that we’re going to see every night playing the right way first."
* Marquis Daniels on being with the Bucks: "It’s great, a good opportunity. It's colder than Boston, but it’s another good opportunity for me." The Celtics didn't express interest in bringing Daniels back for a fourth season, but Rivers was complimentary of his former player. "He was a great professional for us. He was terrific," said Rivers. "I talked to him yesterday -- he we good for our team. He had a lot of guys in front of him and never complained about it. Last year in the playoffs, he hadn’t played in a while, came in and helped us win a game. That’s who you want, that’s the type of veteran you want."
* Highlight of the pregame availability: The Worcester Telegram & Gazette's Bill Doyle asked Rivers: "Do you think Marquis Daniels will tap Kevin Garnett on the shoulder when he checks into the game?" Rivers played along with the topical humor: "I think so," he said. "Absolutely."