C's keep starting five for second straight game

C's keep starting five for second straight game
October 15, 2013, 7:15 pm
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Brad Stevens is quick to acknowledge that there are still jobs to be fought over in training camp, there are clear indications that he's closing in on a starting lineup.

For the second straight game, Stevens plans to go with a starting lineup of Avery Bradley, Jordan Crawford, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger.

It will be the first time in the preseason that the Celtics will have the same starting lineup for consecutive games.

While it may be premature to read too much into the decision, there's no mistaking that this first unit is one that Stevens likes ... a lot.

"Obviously, things aren't settled, settled," Stevens said. "But we had a better rhythm and we also had two groups that played well together last game."

However, Stevens cautions the one concern with this current group is its size, or rather lack of size with Bass and Sullinger being just 6-foot-8 and 6-9, respectively.

Still, this group was arguably the best unit the Celtics put on the floor to start a game in part because of their ball movement and ability to get scoring from multiple players.

Bradley and Crawford have alternated running the team offensively, although Bradley has been the primary playmaker.

One of the keys to that unit having success, will be Jeff Green rediscovering the solid, all-around game he displayed near the end of last season and into the playoffs.

In four preseason games, Green has averaged just 7.8 points per game while shooting a miserable 27.5 percent from the field and a woeful 20 percent on 3s.

"I'm just looking to get out there and try to get my game back," Green said. "As a team, we just want to continue to make progress over what we did the last game and continue to play hard."

And part of that progress involves developing a steady rotation of players, highlighted by an effective starting five.