With the disappointing start to the season being 2-3 in their first five games, Doc Rivers has made some changes in the starting lineup for tonight. Brandon Bass and Jason Terry will get the start for Courtney Lee and Jared Sullinger, which I think is a great move.
Honestly, I’m really surprised Rivers didn’t have Bass and Terry start from day one. Despite Jared Sullinger’s impressive preseason, Bass is more prepared to start, and Courtney Lee, in my opinion, will play much better coming off the bench tonight. The Celtics need offense, and both Bass and Terry can put up points. More importantly, this makes the starting lineup a better defensive unit.
If successful, Rivers may keep this starting lineup for a good portion of the season. The Celtics have to start games out better, and going with a lineup full of veterans is the best way to go. With Boston not getting much production off the bench, having Courtney Lee who can score, and Jared Sullinger who brings both rebounding and energy coming off the bench, might help with the scoring woes.
Tonight is a crucial game. With this being the second night of a back-to-back, it will be interesting to see how Boston plays tonight. Throughout the last few seasons, the Celtics have had trouble on the second night of back-to-backs. Tonight will gage where this team is mentally and physically, and winning on the road after playing the night before would be a great confidence booster for this team. How Boston responds after the disappointing loss last night will give us a good indication about this team’s character.
Is this team a championship team or just a playoff team? Games like tonight answer that question. In the playoffs, everyone is tired or banged up, but the championship teams overcome those obstacles. Boston faces obstacles both on and off the court, so it would be a great sign if they can come away with a victory.