The Celtics are in a fight at 2-2 with an average 76'ers team for a reason. It useful to ignore past efforts and look at what Doc is working with TODAY. We are not watching the Celtics of the past.....
Pierce's turnovers are up from last year. 2.6/gm now is 3.7/gm. teams are playing him for steals. His 3pt% has dropped from 44% to 35%. FG% has dropped 46% to 41%. Really not a big deal except for Ray...
Allen is hurt. He cannot run and cut and get free. PPG last year was 18. This year 10.5. 3PT 28% /last year 60%. etc. He is on the court for about 30% fewer minutes than last year.
Bradley is totally gutting it out, but, can't really shoot with the dislocated shoulder.
These two players used to create HALF of the Celtic's offensive production with a healthy Bradley good for 10 PPG.
So what ya gonna do? You have to find somewhere around 12 to 14 PPG to break even. Kevin has single handedly gotten about 5 extra PPG with Rondo a couple more.
Why hasn't Doc used the bench more? They do not perform adequately to off set the injuries to Pierce, Allen and Bradley. Hollins and Steamer aren't effective enough defensively or offensively to get it done as bigs and offset the above lost production. Doc has used Dooling and Pietrus, but is very leary of match up problems with those two players. Pietrus is also injured.
My question is this: "What would you like Doc Rivers to do?" Are Paul, Ray and Avery still the best choices to be on the floor? Yes. Can they play to their averages? No. Looks like a lot of 75-74 games are in the Celtic's future.
Finally, you are asking a lot of Kevin and Rondo to cover three injured team mates, but they are doing it and it is a sight to see.