Rivers Sees Weakness With Celtics

The head coach speaks candidly about what he sees with his Celtics this year.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Rivers Sees Weakness With Celtics

Now that NBA camps are underway, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers has a chance to see his new squad function as a unit in game situations; and he sees some problems.

Rivers recently stated, “Honestly, I’m concerned about our backup point; I thought so far, the way we’ve played, Jason Terry is handling the ball a lot. I don’t want that. I want him to be a scorer and I think him handling the ball takes away his best ability.”

Rivers went on to say, “We have to figure that one out as a staff and put them in better spots, and I think that is on us more than them. But when Avery comes back, when those four guys come together, that’s a pretty good crew. I would say the best guard crew I’ve had since I’ve been in Boston.”

Doc is right. Jason Terry still has the ability to be a legit scorer and Boston will need his scoring with the absence of Ray Allen. He was the “X” factor in Dallas and has an even bigger responsibility now that he’s in Boston. Outside of Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett, Terry is the 3rd wheel in the offense and will be relied upon for 15-20 points per game. The more Boston finds ways for him to pop free outside the arc to either shoot the deep-ball or drive seams in the defense for his patented floater, the more success they will find.

Doc went on to make a point that this is “the best guard crew” he’s had since he’s been in Boston. Really? This is a better group of guards than when you had future Hall of Famer and arguably the best 3-point shooter in NBA history, Ray Allen, on the team? Rondo seconded his coach’s play by stating this is “the most talent” he’s played with in Boston. That’s either some serious optimism or they’ve had one too many drinks.

Sounds like Bean Town is doing their best to downplay the loss of Allen. The problem is he was a huge part of their run to the Eastern Conference Finals. I’m not saying Terry isn’t a capable guard that could lead Boston back to the Conference Finals under optimum conditions, but don’t think for a second it’s going to be easy. With Allen gone, the Celtics need Rondo to be even more dominant, Terry to consistently get them solid numbers, and Garnett to stop aging.

Hey Doc, you sure you don’t miss Ray Allen?

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