Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 12/21/11
With Paul Pierce still out due to his Achilles injury The Celtics rolled with Sasha Pavlovic in the starting lineup. If Paul is going to miss the season opener against New York I'd expect to see the same move. Judging from everything Doc has said Marquis is too valuable off the bench to screw up any chemistry that has actually formed, as little as that might be. The Celtics started off on a strong 6-0 run and looked great on both sides of the court. Pavlovic had two nice defensive plays in a row, one he angled his man of and contested a shot at the basket, on the other he jumped the passing lane and got a fast break dunk. Sasha isn't going to be a great bench player, but if you need a spot starter he could definitely contribute. Jermaine and Rondo also both looked great. 2 blocks from O'Neal, 2 jumpers from Rajon. I'd hate to jinx it but if J.O. can just stay healthy he really only has to block shots and convert open lay ups. Brandon Bass was the first man off the bench replac...
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