Even though Marquis Daniels has started in the place of Paul Pierce (heel) while Pierce has been out, Daniels has clearly separated himself from the rest of the Celtics wing players. But that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be in the starting lineup if Pierce is unable to play in the Christmas Day opener at New York.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers likes having Daniels with that second unit, and may opt to instead start Sasha Pavlovic instead.
"Pavlovic's young, he's athletic. He's got some experience," said Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations. "He started in an NBA Finals series. Sasha's a good, all-around player. He just has to prove it on a more consistent basis, and I believe he'll get opportunities to do that this season."