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Doc Rivers goes extreme: Starts Jason Collins at center
Posted By Mike Petraglia On December 19, 2012 @ 7:37 pm In General | No Comments
After losing their third straight game Tuesday night in Chicago, Celtics  coach Doc Rivers  said he would continue to search for answers to shake his team out of its early season funk. On Wednesday, he followed through, replacing Courtney Lee  in the starting lineup with Jason Terry , who got only two shots in Tuesday’s 100-89 loss in Chicago.
“Nothing more, until Avery [Avery Bradley ] comes back,” Rivers said of the decision. “Jet just doesn’t get involved unless [Rajon Rondo ] is on the floor. It has nothing to do with anybody else, it’s more to do with getting Jet more involved.”
In a more drastic measure, Rivers said Jason Collins  would take over the starting center role from Kevin Garnett  in order to move Garnett back to his more natural spot of big forward. The move would mean Brandon Bass  would come off the bench. Bass has started 21 of Boston’s 24 games this season, including the last 16 straight.
“Just because of his size,” Rivers said in explaining the move for the 7-foot, 255-pound big man. “[Coaching staff] has been talking about it a lot but just haven’t done it. We’ve just been trying to find ways of getting Kevin off the ’5′ spot all game. Right now, even when we put the other guys in, the same [opposing players] are guarding him and the only way you can force the action is with Jason.”
If Rivers sticks with the new starting lineup, Celtics fans can expect to see Rondo and Terry in the backcourt until Avery Bradley returns in early January, with Garnett and Paul Pierce  at the forward spots and Collins at center.
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