Doc Rivers Alters Game Five Rotation

By Rob Lunder

The Boston Celtics had another remarkable win last night over the New York Knicks in game five of the NBA playoffs. They now have a great opportunity to force a game seven if they can take care of business at home Friday night in game six. The Celtics have taken back all of the momentum in this series, and the Knicks now face extreme pressure to avoid becoming the first team to lose a playoff series when up 3-0. It has never happened in the history of the NBA, and you can bet that is history they certainly do not plan to make.

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers operated with a seven man rotation for most of the second half Wednesday night, and it will be curious to see how he operates his lineups for Friday night. Starting guard Avery Bradley gave him absolutely nothing on Wednesday, and his offensive game has been thrown out the window. Rivers doesn’t have another big man he trusts outside of Jeff Green, Kevin Garnett, and Brandon Bass. Chris Wilcox would probably be the next guy, but it is quite clear Rivers does not want to go there unless he absolutely has to. Guards Jordan Crawford and Courtney Lee also did not see a lick of playing time in game five, and it is interesting to see how far Lee has fallen down the rotation. The team acquired him last year with the mindset that he would play a key role not only in the regular season but in the playoffs as well. That has clearly not been the case. Rivers has shortened his rotation, and we will see what he has in store for game six.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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