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Who starts Game 4 for the Celtics?

With Amir Johnson potentially out with a shoulder sprain, Brad Stevens will again have to shuffle the starting lineup.

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The revolving-door starting lineup got more challenging when Isaiah Thomas was lost for the season. Marcus Smart filled in amazingly well, but fellow starter Amir Johnson was ineffective and got hurt. So who should be the 5th starter for game 4?

Bill Sy:

Keith Smith: Jonas Jerebko. He'll give nearly as much as Amir Johnson on defense and just as much on the board. The big upgrade will be on offense. Jerebko needs to be defended outside. Plus, he's scrappy and he's not going to get pushed around. Johnson won't either, but Jerebko plays with that edge that sparks the entire team.

Lachlan Marr: No disagreement here, Jerebko has earned himself a start. You have to reward effort when players step up like that, and with a gap in the starting lineup anyway it just makes sense to see if Jerebko can continue to fire up the Celtics.

Alex Kungu: I’m sure we’re all going to say the same thing here because it couldn’t be anymore clear. Start Jonas Jerebko. This should have always been the case and Stevens honestly has no business doing anything else. Celtics are at their best when they go super-versatile and have guys all over the floor who can guard anybody. Johnson just isn’t that guy, and he doesn’t provide any of the rim presence that he did in the regular season. It’s time to start the Swede.

Should the league suspend Tristan Thompson for spraining Amir Johnson's shoulder like they did Kelly Olynyk two years ago?

Keith Smith: No. Eye for an eye. But then the whole world goes blind or something like that. I don't know. It is basketball and things happen. I don't think it was intentional. And maybe it ends up addition by subtraction for the Celtics?

Lachlan Marr: It was a tough foul, but not normally something that would be worthy of suspension. It’s only really in the context of the Love injury that this would make sense and as hard as it is to believe that was a full two seasons ago now. So, no I don’t think he should be suspended.

Alex Kungu: They should consider it but they won’t. I’m hoping they don’t if we’re being honest. They messed up with the Olynyk situation and the best way to show growth is to not make the same mistake again.


Who should start Game 4 for the Celtics

This poll is closed

  • 84%
    Jonas Jerebko
    (236 votes)
  • 8%
    Tyler Zeller
    (23 votes)
  • 7%
    Gerald Green
    (21 votes)
280 votes total Vote Now

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