Found November 06, 2012 on Boston Sports Then & Now:
Doc has a lot of toys to play with, but which should he use and when? The Boston Celtics are off to a lackluster 1-2 start. Coming into the season, there was much hype surrounding the Green Team following their headline acquisitions (and one headline departure), but fans and the team, for that matter, are learning that it will take some hard work. Doc Rivers has been down this road before though, right? In 2007 he similarly had to fit in new pieces Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and an entire new bench. Rivers, though, had that team off to an 8-0 start (in fact the team started 22-3). What is different this time around? Core members remain in Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, and even Brandon Bass for the sake of conversation. The rest of the team is basically brand new. Not too dissimilar from 2007 turnover-wise yes, but talent wise? The jury is still out. At the time of their acquisition Garnett and Allen were in their prime, as was Pierce. Now Allen is obviously gone and it’s not fair to hold Garnett and Pierce to the same standard on the court five years later. Pivotal pieces Jason Terry and more specifically Jeff Green are still finding their way and you’d have to think they will get better with time. Then there is Rondo who, while I hate to use this figure of speech, can take over a game whenever he wants to. While some may question when compared to the 2007 team, there is no doubt this team has talent. There is a nice balance of youth and experience. Of defensive players and offensive players. Of shooters and bangers (well maybe another banger would be nice). What the team has yet to find is it’s chemistry. Doc Rivers must find those magic combinations and he has plenty of time. The big three are locked into their roles. Pierce will hover around his 34 minute mark, ideally Garnett will stay below thirty minutes with his 5-5-5 plan, and Rondo will play as many minutes as he can handle any given night. The rest has yet to be determined. Bass and rookie Jared Sullinger have each started a game at the power forward spot and   when it’s all said and done Green will be sprinkled in. Then there’s Jason Terry, his role is to shoot obviously, but when does he play throughout the game? How will Doc disperse his minutes? The list goes on because the team is that talented and deep. Where does each player fit? The personnel is there, so it’s not a bad problem to have. Fact is it’s too early to tell where each guy will fit. Three games in an 82 game set is a small sample size. Yes, the returns have been spotty, but this Celtics team started 0-3 last season and was within minutes of a defeating the Heat and heading to the NBA Finals. It is also not fare to compare this team’s start to the start for the 2007 Celtics. Yes that team is the benchmark going forward, but their start was off the charts. No need to panic yet.  
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