So after all that, the starting lineup looks the same and Avery Bradley's recent surge in production didn't drop off one bit.
"It’s what I tried to tell you guys before: Starter or not, [Bradley is] going to play the same," Rivers said. "And he was terrific." Said Bradley of his reserve role: "It doesn’t matter where I come in, whether I start or come off the bench -- or if I don’t play. However I can help my team, just coming in and bringing that energy, that’s what I’m going to do."
But this game was a reminder of how important Allen’s presence at the 3-point line is to the Celtics in the half-court offense, especially in crunch time. The Celtics found a winning rhythm without Allen, though those games were played at a different pace than Wednesday’s contest. Against the Spurs, the Celtics received a sample of a playoff pace - especially in the second half, as the lane was clogged and the game became a shootout from the perimeter. The Spurs treated Allen as if he were maintaining his career-best 3-point percentage, which he is.
Sounds like the best of both worlds. If Paul's shot falls last night then I don't think we'd have much to complain about (you know, aside from the usual reboundings and stuff like that).