Friday, June 1, 2012
Pregame: Do C's need more from bench?
By Chris Forsberg
BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics have received little assistance from their bench players during the Eastern Conference finals, the reserves combining to chip in a mere 10.5 points per game thus far. That's down more than six points from both the first round (16.8) and conference semifinals (16.6). With Boston leaning hard on its starters with increased minutes, do the Celtics need more from the second unit?
"Some games we are (getting enough), some games we're not," admitted Rivers. "It's a team game. Throughout the whole playoffs, not just this series, we've had some spectacular minutes from our bench -- Marquis (Daniels) in the Atlanta game. And then there's times where they are not coming through and the starters have to carry. That's why it's a team game. I'm not really that concerned about it.
"I'd love for our bench to give us a couple more minutes. I thought (Greg Stiemsma) played great the other night, but fouled quickly. I told him I didn't want him to break any records, he almost fouled out in the first quarter, so we had to take him out. That did upset our rotations a little bit and Ryan (Hollins is) struggling in that little two-game stretch he's played. We are what we are. We're not going to change. The Heat are not going to change. Our defense, from our second unit has to be great. The offense is whatever happens. Our second unit is a defensive unit. We don't have a guy that's going to come off our bench and give us 30 (points) per night. I knew that going into it. But hopefully we'll stop someone from the other team from doing that. That's what our bench has to do."
The Miami Heat remain without Chris Bosh, who is on the trip with the team, but is still not ready to return to action. Bosh did participate in the team's shootaround and played Garnett on the scout team. Clearly, the Heat have the luxury of bringing him back at their discretion and with a 2-0 cushion, there seems little reason to rush him back at the moment.