Wilcox to start against Cavaliers

Wilcox to start against Cavaliers
March 27, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Chris Wilcox is thankful for the second chance Boston gave him after his heart surgery and is repaying the community through charitable work.

(USA Today Sports)

CLEVELAND — Injuries continue to force Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers to shuffle the deck in terms of putting together a starting lineup.

With Kevin Garnett (swollen left ankle) and Courtney Lee (sprained left ankle) set to miss their second straight game, Rivers plans to go with a big unit tonight against the Cavaliers as C's veteran Chris Wilcox gets his first start.

Wilcox will join a starting five that consists of Avery Bradley, Paul Pierce, Jeff Green and Brandon Bass.

Rivers said Cleveland's size, more than anything else, is why he will start Wilcox for the first time this season.

While the Cavs are dealing with their own set of injuries to key players, Cleveland's starting five tonight ranges from 6-foot-4 Wayne Ellington to 7-foot Tyler Zeller.

Knowing all that Wilcox has gone through to get back on the floor, getting his first start of the season will certainly mean something more than it would to most.

"I know what it means to us," Rivers said. "I want him to play well; we need him to play well. Chris didn't play well last night (against New York). He hasn't been consistent, and we need him to be consistent. He's important to our team, even when Kevin (Garnett) comes back. So we just need him to play well."

For many players, figuring out whether they are playing well is often seen in the final box score.

But Wilcox, that's not necessarily the case.

"His game is simple; he's a rebounder, he runs the floor, block shots. His game is the simplest to rate. He'll never see great numbers, but you can see with your eyes if he's playing well, if he's helping your team."