Not all was lost last night: Doc Rivers decided a couple of rookies deserve to be in the rotation.
“[Stiemsma] was terrific,” Rivers said. “He does what he does — block shots. He made a play that I’ve never seen. He tried to take a charge, didn’t and still got to the guy and blocked the shot. I don’t know how you do that, but he did it. It was good to see.
“There were a couple of questions answered today, as bad as the game was. I think E’Twaun has moved in front of Avery (Bradley), we’ll probably play them both. At times Greg was our best big on the floor, at 5 or 4. There was a stretch when he was our best player, whether that’s good or bad.”
Early thoughts on Stiemsma: He doesn’t rebound particularly well (I remember a couple plays in particular when Chris Kaman waltzed in for offensive rebounds on Stiemsma’s watch) and doesn’t have much of an offensive game, but despite that, was Boston’s lone bright spot last night because he’s a finger wag and a rebounding mentality away from becoming White Mutombo. Also: I don’t know what it says about a team when its lone bright spot has scored two NBA points in his entire career. But: those six blocks were sweet.
Early thoughts on Moore: I don’t know if he’s ready. I’m intrigued by his offensive game. Love the four-year pedigree from Purdue. Know he’ll compete every second he’s in the lineup. But has he done anything to earn minutes? Besides not being Avery Bradley, I mean? I’m not sure. Nothing we saw last night, at least. The jury’s out on Moore and Doc Rivers remains one thing I never thought he would be:
Desperate for Pietrus.