Celtics hope small rotation is enough

Celtics hope small rotation is enough
May 3, 2013, 7:15 pm
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In Game 5, Doc Rivers used less than half of his roster - he'll take a similar approach in Game 6.


BOSTON – As much as Doc Rivers puts together a game plan every night, there's a certain amount of improvisation that he has to account for.

But in Boston's Game 5 win in New York, Rivers went with a script that involved the use of less than half of his roster.

And the C's seven-man crew did just enough to get the win.

Back home for Game 6, Rivers plans to employ a similar strategy although he gave himself a little wiggle room by indicating he might add one more player to the mix tonight.

"Usually it evolves," Rivers said, referring to the number of players he uses in a game. "The game the other night (Game 5), I pretty much made up my mind we would have a shorter rotation. But most games, 95 percent of games, the game dictates rotation."

More than likely Rivers will add one big man for spot duty, either Chris Wilcox or Shavlik Randolph.

Regardless of who plays, Rivers knows his players must approach tonight's game with the same "Game 7" mentality they have displayed in the last two games - both Celtics wins.

"It has to be the same urgency in each one," Rivers said. "We've had it in two, we need to do it again. We have to be the more desperate team the entire game. That's the key for us, to feel that desperation throughout the game."

Doing so should be easier with the Celtics playing in front of the friendly confines of the TD Garden.

But being in front of familiar faces doesn't mean much, not in this series in which both teams have won at least once on the opposing team's home floor.

"We have to supply the energy," Rivers said. "We can't think because we're here, we can let our guard down."