When the Celtics first signed Marquis Daniels there was a lot of talk about whether or not he would be able to fill the empty spot in the Boston back-court. There were many questions about Quis’s ball handling and whether or not he could control the offense on a nightly basis. Doc Rivers felt comfortable with Quis controlling the ball right from the start, although others had doubts. At the beginning of the season we didn’t see much of Eddie House on the floor and as a result Marquis was responsible for handling the ball. Lately we have not seen this as much, as Eddie House has taken the responsibility.
Following today’s practice in Waltham Doc River’s commented on the back up point guard situation. Doc’s goal these next few games is to get Marquis back into the role of handling the ball and jump starting the offense off the bench. The following is from the Boston Globe’s Celtics Blog:
“Coach Doc Rivers said he wants Marquis Daniels to handle the ball more as the backup point guard. Eddie House has been doing the majority of the ball-handling but Rivers wants the two to reverse roles and Daniels to play more.”
If it worked before than why did we go away from it? That is my question, we knew all along Eddie House isn’t a point guard. Not only does he struggle running the offense and bringing the ball up, but when he runs the point it effects his shooting game. There has to be a lot on the mind of an NBA point guard and this can not be the case if we want to have the asset of Eddie’s three point shooting as well.
Eddie is a three point shooter, anyone who has watched his three years in green knows that is what he comes in the game for. He comes in to make threes, he is not a great passer, he is not a great ball handler, and he is not a great penetrator, he is a shooter.
Overall I like the move Doc River’s is making. Marquis should be able to do a better job setting help the offense, and increase production off the bench. It is also crucial to the success of Eddie House as he will be able to play his real position, shooting guard. If Doc chooses to he can also give Ray Allen more rest by letting Eddie take over for him at different points in the game.
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