On certain nights (yesterday included), Boston’s lack of interior depth proves glaring. After DeAndre Jordan had five more dunks in one game than I had during my entire basketball career (or, in other words, five dunks), Doc Rivers cursed his lack of big men. (WEEI)
“I’m kind of kicking myself,” Doc Rivers said. “I told our bigs — our two bigs – ‘Tonight, you can’t get in foul trouble.’ We couldn’t afford Kevin or Nenad in foul trouble.”
Rivers wished the Celtics could have used fouls to keep Jordan — who shoots free throws like Ben Wallace, if Ben Wallace were high on drugs and wearing a blindfold — off the line. But with no other big men besides Nenad Krstic and Kevin Garnett, the Celtics could not waste fouls. They could have just tried a new tactic called “defensive rotations,” but politely decided not to. Thus, the resulting dunk-o-rama. (In related news, Troy Murphy must need to make at least one field goal before Rivers considers him a big man.)
Boston’s depth is unlikely to improve by Friday. Rivers said Glen Davis should return before any other injured Celtic, but even Davis will likely miss tomorrow’s game against Philadelphia. Shaq was 85% two days ago, now calls himself 84.2271156442222%, plays bingo with old people, and cannot give an exact date of his return (though he says he won’t return until three days after he becomes 100%). Von Wafer will miss approximately 2-3 weeks, Jermaine O’Neal’s return remains a mirage, and Delonte West — well, he was originally supposed to return last night, but that didn’t happen. I assume the Celtics are just coaxing West along slowly.
Yesterday, only five players the Celtics suited up had been with the team more than two weeks. One of those five players, Avery Bradley, played as much as your great grandmother did last night. Needless to say, the C’s could use some good health.