On Tuesday night, Doc Rivers went with Jordan Crawford in the starting lineup at shooting guard Twenty-four hours later, Crawford was out, big man Chris Wilcox was in and Paul Pierce slid over to play shooting guard from his normal small forward position. And against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, prepare for the Celtics to continue shuffling the lineup. Truth be told, the Celtics are likely to have a number of nights like that between now and the end of the regular season and potentially spilling into the playoffs where the lineups will vary from one game to the next. Sure, it may give some of the guys who don't normally play as much a chance to show what they can do. And it has the potential to allow core guys such as Paul Pierce to maybe play a few less minutes and thus be fresher for the playoffs. Still, this whole lineup shuffling is about one thing and one thing only. "I told them, 'guys, we’ve just got to find ways to win.' " Rivers said after the 93-92 buzzer-beating win at Cleveland on Wednesday. "This is not necessarily how we want to play, we’re going to change styles. We’re going to go from big to small in every game." That has indeed been the case in the Celtics last two games. In their 100-85 loss to New York on Tuesday, the Celtics went with a more traditional starting five with the only question being was whether Crawford or Jason Terry start in place of Courtney Lee, still out with a left ankle sprain. In that game, the Celtics made a point of simplifying things to help ease the adjustment of the new faces on the floor.
Expect Celtics' lineup shuffle to continue
NBC Sports Boston | Mar 28