The Boston Celtics take on the Miami Heat tomorrow night in Miami and it will very interesting to see who head coach Doc Rivers starts at the power forward position. He was recently reported saying that the four spot would be managed on a per game basis, with Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett firmly entrenched in the starting lineup.
I think tomorrow night the best call would be for Brandon Bass to start. I am starting to lean towards Jeff Green starting in most lineups, but tomorrow the team will need Green guarding Lebron James for long spurts once Pierce heads for the bench. If Green starts, his minutes will coincide with Pierce’s and both will have to sit during similar intervals. They do not have another logical fit on the roster to guard James unless Rivers thinks rookie Kris Joseph would be ready, which seems like quite a tall task for the first year forward out of Syracuse. That would clearly be throwing him to the wolves and Rivers is too smart to do that. Bass guarded James briefly in last year’s post season and at times did pretty well. As time went on he became exposed and James was simply too quick for Bass to keep up with. Bass can be effective giving James a lot of space once he gets the ball on the perimeter, but I think it is a match-up the Celtics would like to avoid for the most part.
Jared Sullinger could also be a fit tomorrow night but I am not sure if Rivers feels comfortable starting him in his first game either. It wouldn’t surprise me if he started, but I feel comfortable in saying that he will come off the bench tomorrow.
Bass is the most logical fit to start tomorrow night at the four position. This allows Green to come off the bench to cover James. The Celtics will manage this on a game by game basis, but Bass seems to be the best fit to take the reins in Miami.
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