Randolph finding floor time in 'smaller' NBA

Randolph finding floor time in 'smaller' NBA
March 31, 2013, 9:30 pm
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The Celtics have been hurting on the boards for most of the season, and it's only been harder for them with Kevin Garnett out due to ankle inflammation.

Doc Rivers has had no choice but to dig extra deep into his roster. Who he pulled out, however, has stepped up to the challenge as of late. Shavlik Randolph was signed by the Celtics about a month ago, and after two 10-day contracts, they signed him for the remainder of the season.

On Friday night against the Hawks, Randolph ripped down 13 rebounds in just 22 minutes of playing time. He also scored nine points. It was that performance that really got people jumping on the Randolph bandwagon, with the hopes he could have continued production.

"It's great for my confidence," Randolph said to CSNNE's Greg Dickerson. "Just being able to play well, get extended minutes. Really I'm just focusing on trying to do the best job I can of filling the void while Kevin [Garnett] is out. Obviously no one is going to be able to do what he does, but if I can go in there and be able to rebound and play defense and be able to help the team out in that regard, I'm happy."

Randolph, who is listed at 6-foot-10, 236-pounds, hasn't been primarily a center throughout his NBA career, but power forwards and centers in today's NBA look a bit different than the ones from years past, allowing him to play center for Boston.

"I think the league has gotten a little bit smaller," Randolph said. "Guys who normally would be 3 (small forward), 4 (power forward) guys, you're seeing them play the 5 (center) at times. I know me when I firtst came in the NBA, I was only a 4. I couldn't go in there and play the 5 and now I'm only a 5. I've had to kind of gravitate towards the center spot, and it's fine because the guys that are playing the 5 are more closer to my size. You don't see guys like Shaq, huge guys like that, necessarily in the league anymore. So I definitely see that kind of trend happening."