Is Ray Allen the Celtics new 6th Man?
The Boston Celtics have been on a roll since the All-Star Break, with a 16-5 record, now holding the 4th best record in the Eastern Conference. A big portion of this win streak has been without the greatest 3 point shooter of all-time, Ray Allen. During Ray’s absence, the Celtics have found a dangerous combination in their backcourt with Rajon Rondo and 2nd year player Avery Bradley. Bradley is a lock down defender, and his most notable play was a blocked layup attempt on Dwyane Wade during Sunday’s game. Bradley has played so well, he has Doc Rivers contemplating bringing Ray Allen off the bench.
“We think about stuff like that all the time, no doubt,” Rivers said after Tuesday’s practice. “That and other guys. We’ll see how it goes. Maybe it will be somebody else, we’ll see.”
The big question is, how would Ray Allen feel about this benching? Here’s what he had to say.
“Whatever we need to do as a team. I think the effort that I’ve seen over the last week and a half, two weeks, is great. Whatever combinations we work out there, we’re all good enough, we’re all professional enough, to understand it. We know our plays. We’re at a point in the season where everybody knows who each other is. So, remembering plays and positions is second nature now for all of us.”
This is what makes Doc Rivers a top 2 coach in the NBA and what makes the Celtics a dangerous team. The great coaches adjust to their team’s talents and what works best, and as of right now, starting Bradley is what’s working best, as he brings a better athletic and defensive presence to the backcourt. Most coaches wouldn’t even think of making this move, but Doc Rivers is a different breed. Also, Ray Allen putting his individual ego to the side, to do “Whatever we need to do as a team” mentality.
Nobody wants to face this team come playoff time.