The starters did their jobs; each had a positive plus/minus.
But you can’t say the same about the subs. Every player to come off the Boston Celtics bench had a negative plus/minus. Brian Scalabrine “led” the bench with a -5 rating… but he only played five minutes. Of the three Celtics reserves to register at least ten minutes, Rasheed Wallace was the “best” with a -13.
Doc Rivers told reporters he wasn’t happy with the bench’s performance. (Via the Boston Globe)
“We brought the bench in, which you had to do because of playing [Thursday night], and they go up by 11,’’ said coach Doc Rivers. “Starters come back in the third quarter and get it back to 1, you put the bench in, and bam. So it’s tough.’’
Boston started off hot in the first quarter, then the bench gave the lead back. They came back from a 12-point halftime deficit to cut it to one, then the bench coughed the momentum right back up.
I know the bench misses Marquis Daniels, but does he really make that much of an impact?
The difference in level of play between the starters and the bench has been incredibly stark. The bench has recently made a habit of getting severely outplayed, and last night was no different.
Getting outscored 44-18 is unacceptable, even if Jamal Crawford (28 points by himself) could probably be considered a starter. But to give up momentum in both halves? That’s even worse.
“The bench has to be more focused,’’ said [Tony] Allen. “We gave up two leads. To have leads like that, you have to sustain that lead or build off it. I would have to say we need to be better. That’s all. We need to be better.’’