Another new starting lineup for Celtics

Another new starting lineup for Celtics
November 11, 2012, 1:14 am
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MILWAUKEE Doc Rivers' search for the ideal starting lineup will take yet another twist tonight with the C's unveiling a third different starting five.

Jason Terry and Brandon Bass will be with the first unit, joining All-Stars Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

"Looking for a group that can play 48 minutes," Rivers said when asked about the change. "We've yet to find that. So we'll just keep searching for that."

The move gives the Celtics arguably their strongest starting five in terms of scoring.

In addition, it will allow Jeff Green to come off the bench and potentially be more of a focal point scoring the ball with two of the players he had been competing with for shots - Bass and Terry - with the first group now.

Ditto for Courtney Lee, who started each of the first five games but may be more comfortable coming off the bench.

In the preseason, Lee's best games came as a reserve for Boston.

What remains unclear in the change is how it will improve the significant drop-off by the Celtics when Garnett is subbed out.

Now that Bass is starting, Boston can immediately turn to either Jared Sullinger or Chris Wilcox to provide an inside presence in place of Garnett when he is subbed out in the first quarter.

"We sub Kevin so early because we have to," Rivers said. "That group is still on the floor. We just feel like we need more scoring to stay on the floor when Kevin goes out."