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5 Changes that will get the C's winning... sooner than later

1. Start Stiemsma. The reasons for starting Stiemsma are simple. He can alter/block shots (especially important considering how the C's have done against penetrating guards), it would move O'Neal to a bench role, and Stiemsma will be "protected" by the big 4 while he gains valuable playing timeRaptors HQ. 2. Play Wilcox at center with the starters (when he returns). Wilcox will be able to gather offensive rebounds/put-backs, and Rondo will have someone (young enough) to run the fast break. The Celtics won't struggle too much defensively either, as long as Wilcox can pick up on the schemes. 3. Make sure KG and Bass are on the floor at different times. Sure both are good jump shooters who can produce points, but there are only so many possessions a game. With a bench that struggles to score, "No Pass" Bass can answer the call. (The exception to this, of course, would be the last few processions in a close games when the team needs shooters.) 4. Rotate in Bass and O'Neal when KG comes out. This will allow the Celtics to maintain a defensive presence without sacrificing scoring. It's been proven O'Neal can block shots, but he has also shown some offensive production this season. Having him and Bass together can establish a tempo for the bench not yet seen. 5. Play Dooling at PG, Pietrus at SG, Daniels at SF off the bench with Bass and O'Neal. Doc is constantly talking about energy and defense, well, here is the answer. Dooling and Pietrus have good perimeter shooting, Daniels can cut to the hoop, Bass has a good jump shot, and O'Neal can still play (limited) post. The offense would be there. And these players are all solid defensively.

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