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Doc Rivers pregame: Terrence Williams ‘can be a great’ playmaker

03.01.13 at 7:34 pm ET
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Celtics head coach Doc Rivers spoke about how the new players Shav Randolph, DJ White and Terrence Williams will fill the bench for the Celtics who come into Friday nights game against the Golden State Warriors having won two of their last three. Jordan Crawford is also making his Garden debut in a Celtics uniform.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, Williams signed a deal that is good for the rest of the season at the league minimum. It also has a clause that extends to next season but is not guaranteed. It is a report that Rivers confirmed before Friday’s game with the Golden State at TD Garden.

Williams was on a 10-day contract with the Celtics and has appeared in three games, averaging 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 14.1 minutes before Friday’s extension.

Williams, White and Randolph were all playing in China. Rivers was asked before Friday’s game, tongue-in-cheek, if he had ever been to China to see any of three actually play in person.

“Not me,” he said. “I can tell you that. You can watch film these days. You don’t have to travel.”

Williams is one player that has made an impact, except for the game in Portland Sunday night.

“I like the way he’s played, minus one game. Now that he’s going to be here, we have a chance to hopefully turn him into a player we think he could be.

“I saw him this summer. He came in and worked out with us for a week, pick up games. Just watching the way he played, you really that even in those situations, he’s more point than ’2′ [guard]. I don’t think he’s ever going to be a great scorer in our league but he can be a great playmaker.

“It’d be nice if we found a superstar but there are very few of those in the entire league. We’re just looking for a solid player.”

Were any of the three on Doc’s radar?

“No, because we were healthy,” Rivers said. “They may have been on Danny’s and [management] but honestly I’m looking at the guys we have in the gym not those in China. I’m focused on that. Because of the injuries, we had to look around and that’s where we went.

“This is different because a lot of them are young and a lot of these guys really haven’t established themselves as players yet. In the past, the P.J. Browns, the Gary Paytons, and whoever else we brought in had pretty much established themselves and we knew who they were.”

Rivers did acknowledge that the spread offense likely makes their transition to Boston easier.

“Probably because it’s not just one play or the execution part of it, it’s spreading the floor, moving it to the open guy. That I would think would make it easier.”

What Rivers made very clear Friday are the roles he wants Randolph, Williams, White and, to a lesser degree Crawford, to all understand while in Celtics green. They are, for the most part, here to fill out a bench and help when needed, which is mainly in practice.

“I would rather put Kevin and Brandon Bass and Jeff Green out there [in games],” Rivers said. “We’re bringing them in to fill our bench and to help us if we need it. I’m not bringing in guys to take any of those other guys’ spots. Obviously, if one of them comes in and helps us, that’s good. But that’s their role to be ready to play, and be ready not to play and understand what we’re doing.”

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