With a couple weeks to go in the regular season, Doc Rivers’ rotation is still not set for the playoffs. One potential change is inserting Shelden Williams into Glen Davis’ spot. Here’s what Rivers had to say about it:
I went back and forth, honestly, before [Sunday's] game: Shelden or [Glen Davis]. Shelden is playing so well — they’re so close with the way they’re playing. it won’t take much to get those guys on the court.”
I wouldn’t be too against substituting Williams for Davis. Williams is certainly limited, but so is Davis. Actually, since Davis has more or less abandoned his midrange game this season, he and Williams are now very similar players: Undersized power forwards who bang the glass but struggle to finish down low. Davis has better hands than Williams (Williams has two brick walls for hands), but Williams won’t get blocked as much. In the end, they’re kind of a wash.
Doc also clarified Marquis Daniels’ and Nate Robinson’s roles as the playoffs draw near.
“[Robinson and Daniels] will have their day, too, and they’ll play in the playoffs and the end of the regular season, that’s how this team is built,” said Rivers. “Their role right now is to keep working every day in practice, but they’ll be a day or time when we are going to need them. When someone is in foul trouble, or someone might not be playing well.
… Or if Tony Allen has a few too many brain farts.