The Celtics have some problems, as their opening night loss
to the Miami Heat made clear. One of those problems involves having far more
quality guards than Doc Rivers can fit in his rotation, although that is the
problem the coach is least likely to complain about.
A quiet bench was due to join the listless defense and
directionless offense as culprits in Boston's loss on Tuesday before Leandro
Barbosa started the fourth quarter and nearly changed everything. Barbosa, who
also started the second quarter but went scoreless in four minutes, hit his
first six shots and dropped 16 points to turn a 19-point deficit into four
The Heat never really slowed him down and Barbosa never
actually cooled off, but the Celtics had dug themselves in too deep for a comeback
to be realistic.
"If you get into a scoring contest and Barbosa's on the
floor, you're going to feel pretty good about it," Rivers said.
"That's how he's ...