Arroyo can't arrive fast enough for Celtics

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Arroyo can't arrive fast enough for Celtics

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

MILWAUKEE Carlos Arroyo will be with the Boston Celtics when they play the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

And his arrival can't come soon enough.

The Celtics survived an 89-83 win at Milwaukee on Sunday night, but it was clear that Boston's playmaker extraordinaire, Rajon Rondo, needs some rest.

For long stretches, he didn't move with the kind of swiftness we're used to seeing.

That allowed Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, who is lightning-quick to begin with, to put together a strong performance for most of the night.

Jennings and Boston's Paul Pierce shared game-high scoring honors, with 23 points.

Meanwhile, Rondo played 38-plus minutes and finished with six points and eight assists. But what was really distressing was the season-high eight turnovers he committed.

It was the kind of game in which Arroyo, had he been available, might have been able to cut into Rondo's minutes . . . which in turn, might have cut down on Rondo's turnovers.

Arroyo, who was waived by the Miami Heat last week, isn't coming in as some type of savior or anything like that.

"We just needed another guard," said coach Doc Rivers, who added "we just needed the help, the security blanket."

Delonte West was supposed to be that guy for the Celtics, but his propensity for getting injured is not encouraging. A 10-game suspension to start the season, coupled with injuries, has limited West to just eight games this season.

With that kind of track record, the Celtics felt they had little choice but to add another point guard to the roster.

Rivers said he hopes Arroyo can come in and pick up the Celtics' system pretty quickly.

The C's have tried to allow Avery Bradley to run the offense. While he has shown flashes of being a good NBA player, his youth and inexperience makes the Celtics extremely vulnerable.

And when you throw all the new faces into the mix, it's understandable how Bradley has struggled in limited action as the team's point guard.

"It's almost unfair to Avery," Rivers said. "He's learning how to run a team. He didn't know what to call, and there's nobody to help him because they don't know."

Even though he is the newest "new" guy, that shouldn't be as big an issue for Arroyo.

"He's a veteran point guard," Rivers said. "We're hoping when he comes in and kind of learns our stuff, he can get us in our stuff and organize the team when he's on the floor with a bunch of new guys. Because he's a veteran, he'll have the ability to do that."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

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BOSTON -- Prior to this year, the Celtics hadn't been to the Eastern Conference finals since 2012. That trip served as a curtain call of sorts for the last great C's dynasty.
 
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"For us to be in the Eastern Conference finals after the first year of this team really being together, adding additions like Al Horford and Gerald Green . . . I can go down the list of guys that we needed to learn to play with, and for us to talk about where we wanted to be and actually make it, it's a big-time accomplishment," said Avery Bradley.
 
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