You can say all you want about Doc Rivers tinkering with the lineups… but with 1:35 left in the 3rd… the lineup was Cassell, House, Perkins, Powe and Tony Allen…. and it was a 2 point game. With 8:09 left in the 4th… it was 80-69 Celtics. Ray Allen came in when it was 80-76… so Philly started to make a run. KG, Pierce and Rondo came into the game at the 5:41 TV timeout and the the score tied at 80. Then the starters gave up an 8-0 run to really put the game out of reach.
So a lot of people all over the web are sitting there blaming Doc Rivers for losing this game by playing his second team and some unusual combinations. But when your starters are in the game against Philly… tied at 80 with 5 minutes left… they should put the hammer down.
Don’t give me “they had momentum.” Don’t give me “they were cold from sitting on the bench too long.” Don’t give me “they were tired from a long road trip.”
Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were on the floor and they .500 team put up 8 straight on them. They lost the game by playing like crap down the stretch. They turned the ball over and didn’t defend. I’m not really pissed about this loss at all. I’m not worried about them gaining confidence. I’m merely saying that in this game… anyone wishing to assign blame should be doing so appropriately.
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