The Celtics new big men have been playing Musical O’Neals so far this season. When one sits, the other plays, and vice versa. The latest news regarding tonight’s game is that both remain possibilities. Shaq said he’s a little stiff (pause) and he’ll see how he feels today. Jermaine said he would make a decision by this morning’s shootaround.
The O’Neals’ strugglesome health has become a pattern, and the Celtics’ stable of talented centers suddenly looks like it might be down to just Semih Erden and Glen Davis. And it feels really weird calling Davis a center, but he finishes every game at that position so I feel justified.
Doc Rivers is concerned by the team’s health. Concerned enough that he noted the C’s could look into adding another big man. (Boston Globe)
Rivers even hinted at the idea of signing another big man, meaning the club would have to release somebody on the roster.
“We had 15 guys, No. 1, so if we did that we’d have to release someone, we would,’’ “But the one thing we’ve all learned, there’s usually not a lot of bigs wandering around. There’s just not a lot out there. We just have to try to get them healthy as much as possible because we have to try to win games during the regular season too, so we need them.’’
I hear Rasheed Wallace is available. I bet he’s in good shape too. (Bwahahaha!)
But seriously, I don’t think it’s time to panic. The O’Neal’s will be out pretty consistently all season long, but that’s why the C’s have Erden. That’s why they let Davis play some center minutes now.
And if Glen Davis has to play an inordinate amount of minutes in the middle, I’m fine with that. Even if it doesn’t leave the C’s with any reliable bench power forward. Why is that okay by me? One word: LUUUKKKKEEEEEEEE!
On second thought, maybe the Celtics better look into the big man market a little more thoroughly.