Well, here we are in a lull between a Friday game and a Tuesday game. Still no cuts have been made so we still have 18 players and need to jetison 3. With Luke Jackson coming in, it seems that one of the 3 may be a wing and I am thinking that Pitts and Akingbala will be the other two. In spite of saying he wanted to pare down the roster weeks ago, Doc still hasn't done it. Here is what is going on around the Celtics Nation today:
Steve Bulpett reports in the Herald that Doc is really wanting to push the pace this season. In order to do so, he practiced with a 12 second clock. It seemed that we slowed down in the third game but were settling into more of a half court set much of the time. One thing that bothers me is that when Doc goes small he goes all small and doesn't leave any rebounders in there. I mean, with Gerald as your center, how many rebounds will you get? Going with a 3 guard set is fine but you need a couple of rebounders in there because you can't run if you don't have the ball.
Scott Souza has a good piece on West. I believe that he will see a lot of time at shooting guard this season and should get a lot of open looks. I am worried about him though. The paper reports that his back is fine but Kim Malo, who has been wonderful about giving us first hand reports from the events for season ticket holders, reported that Delonte didn't practice yesterday. Delonte and Paul were there but didn't participate. From her report:
Poor Delonte looked like he was in agony when he stood up at one point, and he's never struck me as someone who readily lets you see he's in pain. Was walking like an old, old arthritic who could barely move. Wonder if it was the back stiffening up rather than rust behind the bad shooting last night.
I hope this isn't something that is going to plague him. I still have visions of Bird lying on the sidelines during time outs etc. so that his back didn't stiffen up on him.
In a Globe article, Doc is downplaying Green's role on the team this season. But it seems to me that his play is going to dictate getting playing time. Donnie Marshall on the pregame show the other night said that he feels that by the end of this season Green is going to be the #2 scoring option right behind Pierce.
Tonight's CelticsStuff Live should be an excellent show. Guests are going to be Kim Malo and Sean Grande so there should be a lot of inside info to be had. Be sure to tune into the show from 7-9 pm eastern time and call in your questions and comments for Kim and Sean to the show. You can call in any time and record a question or email your question that you would like answered on the show. Also, join us in the chat room (aka The Pit) before and during the show for a lot of fun and Celtics talk. See you there!!