Doc Rivers: ‘There is no rotation right now’
|12.31.10 at 2:54 pm ET|
The easy question for Doc Rivers and the Celtics is replacing Kevin Garnett in the starting lineup. That job will fall to Glen Davis, as expected. The harder part is figuring out what to do what to do when Rivers has to go to his bench. For the time being, that’s a game-by-game process.
Rivers can go big with Semih Erden and Jermaine O’Neal backing up Davis and Shaquille O’Neal. Or he can go small with Paul Pierce and Marquis Daniels as forwards.
“We’re going to do both,” Rivers said before the Celtics took on the Hornets. “Again, for right now, there is no rotation. There’s the starters and then we’ll figure it out from there on. “The game will dictate that, foul trouble may dictate that. We just have to be ready as a staff.”
Rivers said he’s not a fan of going small, although circumstances and matchups may push him in that direction. Beyond the uncertainty, Rivers is also concerned that players may try to do too much without Garnett, and he’s not just talking about Davis. “That’s my biggest concern for everyone. Not just Glen, but everyone,” Rivers said. “That’s the human nature. We’re going to win games for this period of time with being a team. We’re not going to win any other way.”
Rivers also appealed for patience with Jermaine O’Neal, who is working his way back after missing 19 games with a knee injury. “It’s a tough time for Jermaine too,” the coach said. “Coming off the injury, he has to make sure he’s not trying to doo to much himself and we have to be careful with his minutes.”
But Rivers isn’t giving up on these games. The Celtics play 11 of their next 13 at home starting with this afternoon’s contest with the Hornets and he anticipated trying to make a big push during this stretch when the season started.
“Right now we are a game to game team, and that’s all we can be with all the injuries we have,” Rivers said. “But we have to be a game to game team that’s trying to win games.”