Rivers on adding a player: 'We're just going to take our time'


Rivers on adding a player: 'We're just going to take our time'

BOSTON Down to just three guards, the Boston Celtics know all too well that they need some help on the perimeter.
But the Cs have no plans on making a decision too quickly.
"Danny (Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations) and I the last 48 hours have probably covered every human being that's breathing and can dribble and shoot," C's coach Doc Rivers said prior to Boston's 71-69 win over Chicago.
"We're just going to take our time," Rivers said. "At the end of the day today, that was basically what we came to. We don't want to rush into anything."
Boston will continue to scour the wires for potential free agents as well as give some thought to potential D-League call-ups.
And of course, there's the Feb. 21 trade deadline coming up that the C's will also include among their options at this point to add talent.
But Rivers reminded reporters that the Celtics have very little salary cap flexibility, which surely will have an impact on the kind of deals that Boston pursues.
"We're just going to wait," Rivers said. "And if someone shakes loose or you can get someone, we will. But until then, we're stretched at the guard spot."
Rivers added, "there's no reason to just go grab a guy."
And while conventional wisdom says the C's need to focus on adding another guard, Rivers said that he told Ainge the focus needs to be on adding the best player regardless of the position.
"Right now with all the injuries," Rivers said, "whoever is out there who we think is the best player, no matter what position, we'll just get them and figure out how to use them. I would rather have the best player, then a positional player."

Celtics hope to rebound after being outplayed by Bulls on the boards

Celtics hope to rebound after being outplayed by Bulls on the boards

Following Thursday’s 105-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls, the Boston Celtics will be on the prowl to rebound – literally – from its first defeat of the season.

Because for all that did not go right in Thursday night’s loss, the way Boston was beaten on the boards stands out emphatically.

“They got 24 more shots than us. We only turned it over (12) times,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters after the loss. “So that’s the obvious place they’re getting their possessions, on the glass. That’s going to be the number one thing, that has been the number one thing. It’s something we’ve talked about. We have to get better at it.”


Boston was out-rebounded 55-36 on the boards which heavily factored into Chicago’s 18-5 advantage in second-chance points.

In the Celtics' 122-117 win over Brooklyn on Wednesday, Boston won the overall rebounding battle 47-44, but had just 12 offensive rebounds compared to Brooklyn's 15 offensive boards. Despite the close margin, the Nets won the battle on the offensive glass running away, outscoring the Celtics 23-13 in second-chance points.

Stevens decided to start Tyler Zeller ahead of Amir Johnson to begin the third quarter, hoping Zeller would be a better matchup on the glass than Johnson who did not grab a single rebound in the 11 minutes of court time he got in the first half.

While Zeller did do a few good things on the glass and scoring in half-court sets, it wasn’t enough to swing the momentum Chicago was steadily gaining due to its ability to control the boards.

“I wasn’t real surprised but at the same time I knew it could happen,” Zeller told reporters, referring to Stevens’ decision to have him start the second half. “They did a good job of coming out and setting the tone. They beat us up on the boards, especially the first half. It’s something we have to get better at and continue to grow at.”

And it’s not a one-player or one-position issue, either.

Usually we think of bigs when it comes to rebounding. But Boston’s guards need to step up their rebounding game as well.

The struggles thus far have to be put in the context of this being just two games, the latter being the season opener for the Bulls who were jacked up more than usual due to it being the first game for Chicago native Dwyane Wade and ex-Celtic Rajon Rondo.

“We have to focus on boxing out,” said Boston’s Jaylen Brown. “Guards have to do a better job. Guys like me, Al (Horford), Amir (Johnson), Tyler (Zeller) ... We have to do a good job of coming in the weak side and grabbing those; just focus on it, pay more attention to detail.”