Did anybody else realize that Rasheed Wallace’s almost-perfect game (7-8 field goals) was far from perfect, after all? Not Doc Rivers, apparently. (Boston Globe)
“I thought he was on the post a little bit more,’’ Rivers said. “He just played well. It’s a human game. You know, you can struggle a whole year and you keep working and it may turn for you. That’s why I don’t stay in the past very long.
“The guy is working and practicing every day. You just hope he keeps working and keeps improving. That was a good game, that was a great game. Our bench overall was phenomenal. But we lost the game.’’
Yeah, Rasheed shot very well from the field, with his only miss being a late three-pointer in his final field goal attempt. He made some nice moves, including one where he pivoted to put the ball right over his defender’s head, then drained a shot off glass before the defender could react. That was nice, real nice even.
But he grabbed one rebound in 26 minutes. He’s 6’11, people! Granted, his one rebound was a beastly offensive board over two defenders, but it was still ONE REBOUND IN 26 MINUTES! I could have gotten as many, and I’m a 6’1″ white boy with the mobility of a fat 12-year old.
If you want to be satisfied with Wallace’s performance, go ahead. He scored well, put in work on the post, and had a pulse for the first time in months. But if you want to settle for one rebound in 26 minutes, you’re setting the bar far too low.
Another troublesome sign? Glen Davis said Doc Rivers doesn’t urge Rasheed to go down low.
“Let him play his game,’’ said Glen Davis, who added 10 points off the bench. “If he wants to shoot threes, let him shoot threes. If he wants to go to the post, he can do whatever he wants. He does what’s best for the team and Doc lets him do what he wants to do. That’s what it’s all about . . . It’ll pay off in the postseason.’’
So the Celtics have a 6’11″ center who doesn’t rebound the basketball and is in love with the three-point arc despite missing more than seven out of every ten threes…. and Doc Rivers doesn’t tell him to do otherwise.