Jammer wrote:Health is what it is. You either have your guys, or you don't, as long as you don't have a desparate coach overplaying the starters.
My biggest concern is that when fully healthy, this team has shown itself capable of playing with anyone except maybe a fully healthy Brookllyn or Philadelphia. But, if they're shooting lights out, 3's top 2's so maybe this Celtics team could go all the way. But I don't think that it would happen because to be shooting lights out from 3 over a 7 game series guys like Fournier, Nesmith and Pritch would have to have big games and Stevens as already shown MANY times that he will let Brown go 4-24 before giving time to Nesmith and Smart can go 3-14 before giving more time to Pritch. So Orlando game aside, my concern is that Stevens will impede the talent of the team by simply not playing steaming hot new guys when they are ON and sticking with vets on their worst days.
I'm already expected BS to start Thompson over Robert Williams III, which is completely unfair to the much better TL.
Rob is second in win shares for the entire team this season and he comes off the bench. It's a legit slap in the face. If I was him I'd flip Brad and Danny the bird and go someplace that appreciates me
Rob has been back 3 games. The first game he didn't start (mins restriction). The 2nd game he did start vs San Antonio.
The 3rd game vs Portland he didn't start. Why not? Maybe it was because Thompson had a hell of a game (possibly his best game in a celtics uniform) the previous game vs San Antonio. Maybe Brad wanted to limit Rob's minutes given his injury history.
Who will start vs ORL? I don't know. What we do know is Time Lord was clearly better than Thompson las game vs Portland and we all know that overall over the course of the season Time Lord is better (Time Lord is top 10 in the entire NBA in win shares per 48 mins, PER, TS%, FG%, rebounding %, blocks %, offensive rating, defensive rating and BPM) however, Time Lord's health is a wildcard. We need to be careful with him to protect his long term health, given his injury history (the PAES in his halves, the hip, the tendinitis in his knee) so if he is ever out of the starting lineup or is playing less mins I just assume it's some type of injury popping up again.
With that being said, Time Lord is not on the injury report for tomorrow's game vs ORL, whereas Thompson is listed as questionable. So I'd say that more than likely, Time Lord will start tomorrow.
I'm expecting this to be the starting lineup:
C Time Lord
Bench: Nesmith, Pritchard, Thompson (or Kornet if TT can't go) that's your primary rotation with leftover mins to Langford/Grant W
Should be an easy win. Maybe we build a big lead and then rest all 5 starters for most or all of the 4th quarter. Then again, I feel like any game this year where we didn't have either Brown or Tatum has either been a loss or very close win, so we'll see..