Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Another opportunity for Williams
By Chris Forsberg
Despite logging a pair of DNPs since the return of Glen Davis, and playing a total of six minutes over the past four games, it appears Celtics forward Shelden Williams will get another chance to shine should Davis be sidelined with the sprained ankle sustained in Monday's loss to the Golden State Warriors.
While coach Doc Rivers indicated earlier in the season that there would be minutes for Williams upon Davis' return, he's struggled to find the court recently. He did not appear in three of the last four games, and has four "DNP -- Coach's Decision" this month.
After reaching double figures in points in three of his first five games in Boston, Williams has scored 10 points or more just once since then (10 points in a loss to Indiana on Nov. 14). Williams has only 20 points this month and is averaging 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in nearly 13 minutes per game for December (his production essentially split in half from November, despite similar minutes as he logged 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds over 12:24 per game).
The loss of Davis, regardless of length, seems like an opportunity for Williams to regain his own confidence, while potentially rebuilding the coach staff's confidence in him in the process.
Maybe it's Williams' presence that led Celtics coach Doc Rivers to note after Monday's loss that he's more concerned about the health of Kevin Garnett (knee, head, thigh) and Rajon Rondo (hamstring) than Davis. The Celtics proved over the first 27 games they can hold the fort without Davis.
With second-year forward Bill Walker and rookie guard Lester Hudson traveling on this trip, the Celtics still have enough healthy bodies to fill the 12 active spots on the gameday roster (even with Pierce, Marquis Daniels, and potentially now Davis sidelined).
All of which leaves Michael Sweetney -- the big man that endeared himself to Rivers in the preseason, but was a final cut of the team with a full roster coming out of training camp -- waiting by his phone a little longer.