One of the reasons why the starters have looked sloppy while the bench has stepped up as of late has been the uneven practice time given to the first and second units. With all the games and back and forth travel, Doc has decided to limit the starters between games and the backups are getting extra time to get acclimated to the Celtics system.
With the team mired in a 2-3 slump over its last five games before last night's victory in New Orleans, and the starters looking as sharp as a butter knife, one can argue the lack of organized practices has showed.
But while Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo have not been called into the gym often in the last few weeks, the five new members of the team and those in the second unit they will be mostly playing with down the stretch have made it their home.
This strategy is probably wise considering that the starters are absolutely key to the post season and more times than not they can figure things out on the fly. However, it does highlight the fact that the team may value fresh legs higher than the first seed.