All season long, I’ve screamed at my television screen for Doc Rivers to experiment with his lineups:
“Damn it, Doc! Put Marquis Daniels in at point guard with Pierce and Ray-Ray. No point guard would be able to stop them from posting up.”
“Doc, you son of a bitch! Put Pierce at the four with Daniels, Rondo, Ray-Ray and KG. Let’s just run this damn team off the floor.”
“Doc, you [bleeping] [bleep], what the [bleep] are you [bleeping] doing? Put KG, Sheed Scal, Ray, Pierce, and Nate in the [bleeping] game! Let’s shoot these bastards out of the gym.”
Now, I know why he hasn’t heeded my advice. (Boston Herald)
The coaches spent extra time during yesterday morning’s shootaround adding plays for the second unit.
It’s one sign that the reserves, with Nate Robinson and Michael Finley now part of the mix, are ready for the plan to get a little more complex.
“We’re trying to add stuff half the time,” Rivers said. “But the more we can put in, the more we can keep Paul (Pierce) and Kevin (Garnett) out there with (the second unit). We haven’t been able to keep them in with those guys as much because of it.
“So we’re trying to put in all of Paul’s plays and all of Kevin’s, and that way we can combine these guys more.”
One of my biggest criticisms of Doc Rivers this season has been his inability to mix the two lineups. Now, I know there’s a method to his madness.
But don’t you think they’ve had enough time to learn a few sets already? Nate’s been on the team almost a whole month. I don’t care how little of that month has been on the practice court, he should know the plays after a month. Am I wrong?