Celtics roll out 5-5-5 minutes plan vs. Toronto

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Celtics roll out 5-5-5 minutes plan vs. Toronto

Boston Celtics fans got their first glimpse at Doc Rivers' "5-5-5 plan" for Kevin Garnett this season.

Rivers intends to play Garnett in three different 5-minute stretches, in each half.

It didn't work out exactly as Rivers planned, but he was nonetheless pleased with Garnett's play in the Celtics' 76-75 preseason win over Toronto on Sunday.

"I did like the rotations with Kevin," Rivers said. "It wasn't exactly 5-5-5, it was 6 one time. I like it."

The purpose is to get Garnett to deliver the kind of all-out intensity he's used to bringing to the floor, without worrying about whether he has enough left in the tank.

"He knows now, 'go hard for five minutes and we're taking you out,'" Rivers said. "We'll figure it out."

While the plan is primarily for Garnett, Rivers hasn't ruled out using it for other players. It makes sense to use it with veteran players, as a way of getting the most out of them in limited bursts.

But Rivers said he wouldn't rule out using the 5-5-5 plan with younger players like Rajon Rondo, as well.

In fact, the C's did some of that with Rondo on Sunday.

While the 5-5-5 plan with Garnett is designed to get him to be more aggressive on offense, using it with Rondo would be to allow him to be a more aggressive, on-the-ball defender.

"We're asking Rondo to pick the ball up and put his pressure (on the ball-handler)," Rivers said. "That's one of the things I thought we got away from last year. We're asking him to get into it, turn the ball and whenever you need a blow, we'll give you a blow and we'll bring you back in."

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

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Yabusele expects to be on Celtics summer league roster

ROXBURY, Mass. – The Boston Celtics shocked many on draft night last week when they selected French forward Guerschon Yabusele with the 16th overall pick.

Well here’s another unexpected twist involving Yabusele: He said he plans to be on the Celtics’ summer league team which begins play next week in Salt Lake City.

“My agent is working in France to do something for me, to be able to play in summer league,” Yabusele said.

Like most NBA rookies, Yabusele is eager to get on the floor and get his first taste of NBA basketball this summer.

“That’s a dream come true,” Yabusele said. “When I was young thinking about the NBA all the time. I knew it would happen at some point.”

But the 20-year-old forward isn’t focused on testing the NBA waters and returning to overseas play soon.

“Not just stay three years or four, but stay all my life in the NBA,” he said.

Yabusele made the announcement following the Boston Celtics’ rookies (minus Ante Zizic) all participating in a basketball clinic at the Madison Park Community Center as the Boston Celtics celebrated their 50th Renovation project since 2008.

The news isn’t quite as optimistic for fellow international Celtic Ante Zizic who is not likely to have his contract situation overseas worked out in enough time to join Boston for summer league play in Salt Lake City and afterwards in Las Vegas.

Still, Yabusele getting a shot to play now is huge both for his own personal growth and that of the Celtics to get a better feel for how their first-round pick stacks up against fellow rookies and young teammates like Jordan Mickey.

This past season, Yabusele averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes with Rouen Metropole Basket in the LNB Pro A league in France. He appeared in 34 games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 11 times while tallying eight double-doubles.